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Old 06.11.2014, 18:47
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10th School Year (+ 1 extra year)?

Would anyone know if it is allowed for a child to undertake a 10th school year, when he or she has already had an extra year (übergangsjahr) between primary school and secondary school?


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Re: 10th School Year (+ 1 extra year)?

Not sure- but I'd be very surprised as it is very expensive for local Gemeinde/Commune and C/Kanton = local taxpayers- unless there are truly exceptional circumstances (especially if child already has had 1 extra year, for whatever reasons)

How old is the child and, out of interest, what it your motivation here. What could be gained by this?

But really, EF is not the best place to ask for this- but your school, then the Head of local education (professional) then the Head of Education (elected politician/if you want to appeal) for your area.
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Re: 10th School Year (+ 1 extra year)?

I would be surprised too. The first thought would be to think of alternative paths for the student. If it's medical, like after an accident or a cancer treatment, perhaps the school will make an exception, but keep in mind that you would be asking for a huge an expensive favour.
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Re: 10th School Year (+ 1 extra year)?

Thank you for your replies. Actually, I meant in a private school. My son is currently in private education and has been since his Ubergangsjahr. The motivation is simply that his grades are not as good as they could be and he could benefit from a further year. We have been told by his school that he cannot do a 10th year as he has already had an extra year. We will, of course, be making proper enquiries, but I just wondered if anyone here knew if it was possible - and I stress, at our own expense.
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Re: 10th School Year (+ 1 extra year)?

If a private school says no, then it is up to them, I'm sorry to say. Sorry it is so stressful for you- but you need to discuss this with them - they must have their reasons, and you can indeed challenge them- but the final decision is theirs. Depends too if they are over-subscribed or not- or if your child's behaviour is causing disruption in class, and so many other factors.

Another year- unless the student is really motivated to change and genuinely work harder- is not likely to make a difference. If your son/daughter could really persuade the school s/he is truly prepared to put in the hard work, providing the school agrees that s/he has the potential- they might agree.... or not. As a 6th Form (16-18) specialist in UK schools- I can tell you that it is more often than not a waste of time- if it is a parental rather than genuine student decision. Good luck (been the mother of teenagers and know how hard it can be- but push and they will go backwards, as you have probably already found out).

Perhaps consider boarding school and AS/A levels in the UK?

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Re: 10th School Year (+ 1 extra year)?

Private school can be anything. Impossible to tell from the outside. You have to sit down with them and talk.
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Re: 10th School Year (+ 1 extra year)?

The first thing I would consider is how your son feels about the prospect of yet another year of obligatory schooling with a curriculum imposed on him. What is the particular goal that his grades are not sufficient to reach? If he began school at age 4 in UK (just an assumption based on stated English origin) I woukd think by now he is more tired of school - and a certain type of compulsory education routine - than tired of learning. I think another year in same setting might not accomplish your desired result.

What lies ahead should he not complete another year - you say he is in private schooling, but difficult to really understand situation without knowing if it is British GCSE based, IB or other.
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