Early Enrollment (Kannkind)
Children who do not turn six on/before September 30 of the respective year can still be considered for first grade enrollment if the family strongly feels that their child is ready to begin school. In this case, the school will decide together with the parents and the school entrance examination test (Schuleingangsuntersuchung) if the child is mature enough to enter first grade.
School Entrance Examination (Schuleingangsuntersuchung)
The School Entrance Examination is required by German law for all incoming first grade pupils before the start of the school year. The children’s vision, speech, hearing and motor skills are examined by doctors of the city health department, which also includes documentation of previous health records.
The examination takes place once a year in our school, but can also be carried out in the offices of the public health department (Gesundheitsamt Köln -Neumarkt).
After the examination, a recommendation is made about the child’s enrollment in 1st grade. The ultimate decision regarding enrollment is left to the parents and the school management.