My dd is in the 4th Class. I'm totally stumped about which school she should go to next.
We're near Munich, and I'm trying to choose a Gymnasium for her.
I was really keen on a girls' school, as is she, but both of them only offer languages or music. I'm disappointed none of them have a science route. She is (only just) learning piano. Does anyone know if you have to be musically gifted to follow the music Zweig? Is it well regarded? Tough?
How on earth do you choose the right Gymnasium. I phoned the Schulberatung which was utterly useless, and just told me to visit the various schools on their open days
‘zweig’ really means ‘extra focus on’ so a music ‘zweig’ school might have an orchestra, big band, theater etc language ‘zweig’ might offer ancient languages (greek, latin) in addition to the usual offerings. the curriculum of the state is the same as in any other gymnasium of the state. which as pp said a whole range of subjects is covered until abitur.
If she did start on the musischer (or Sprachlicher) Zweig, would she not then block her own chances of changing later if because she hasn't studied (at all, or in enough depth) some subjects ? I don't want to bank on her having the option the change, as I changed school when I was 13/14 and it was awful. I feel like I need to get it right now. she's only 9! Seems bonkers to have to make such a big decision already. And with no information
We've just gone through similar with DD (also in Bavaria) who is in year 5 at Gymnasium. For her the choice was between two gymnasiums, one with zweige in languages or science, the other with zweige in languages or business. She opted for the latter school based on gut feeling alone. I did ask at that school what implications it has for studying / career choices and I believe it has no bearing at all. From her school, the Abitur is broad enough i.e. covers enough science that you could study anything scientific or medicine. Being in one zweig seems to make a difference of three or four lessons a week (and even then only in later years). With DD, she has English in year 5. In year six, she chooses between taking either french or latin in addition to that. Then in year seven she picks her zweig. If she wants to delay the decision as long as possible, she should take latin in year six because if she takes french in year six, she can't then pick up Latin and is automatically in the business zweig.
Reading that back I feel I might have confused you further! Sorry about that. What I am trying to say is I think it isn't that important about the zweig choice and it's more important to find the school with the right feel and fit. That's what DD has done and so far so good (fingers crossed - this Bavarian Gym thing is quite scary to me!)
regarding musischer Zweig: there is a Gym near us with a music Zweig and while the school looks fab, I think a place like that is a magnet for really talented musical superkids and someone like my DD (lazy piano player and no Wolfgang Amadeus shall we say ) would underwhelm in that setting.
You might be able to see a timetable for the Zweige. My DD's school gave us one and it really highlighted that Abitur is basically the same very broad education, but e.g. in the business zweig, they will have a couple of hours a week of business law in the Oberstufe. And in languages, they have english, latin and french all the way through. And if they drop Latin, they take up Spanish.