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Lehrerin und Schüler

Registration for school

Education is compulsory in Germany. This means that all children between the age of 6 and 18 have to attend a school for at least 9 years. Children of refugees are obligated to go to school no later than 6 months after their arrival in Germany.

School attendance is free. Your child‘s education starts with a four-year term in a primary school. Then - usually at the age of 10 - your child will move on to a secondary school such as a secondary technical school (Werkrealschule), intermediate secondary school (Realschule), comprehensive school (Gemeinschaftsschule) or a grammar school (Gymnasium).

The following graphic shows an overview of the school system in Baden-Württemberg.

  • Children between the ages of 6 and 10 are registered at a primary school of the
    school district in which you reside.
  • Children and adolescents can freely choose a secondary school after completing
    primary school.
  • Your child should be with you when you register him or her for school.
  • Most schools expect the parents to help with the education of their children. Parents will be expected to help the children with their homework and to support and contact to the school.
For refugees: If your child will be attending school, you should first contact your Social
Service Centre.

School-leaving certificate for young people and adults

There is a way for young people and adults to catch up on their school-leaving certificate.
When you are interested in catching up, please contact the city’s School Office.

Labour Office (Agentur für Arbeit)
Brombacher Str. 2 | 79539 Lörrach | Mo, Tu and Th 8 – 12 and Th 14 - 18

Children with little or no knowledge of German

If your child has no knowledge or not enough knowledge of German to participate in regular classes, it can attend a preparatory class.

If you enroll your child in primary school, please contact the primary school in question. They can give you information about which preparatory class your child may attend.
For refugees: please enlist the help of your Social Service Centre to contact the primary school in question.

Young people beginning at 16 years old and are able to attend career training, can attend the VABO classes. Advice for the new people arriving in Lörrach can contact:

Mrs. Mareis, 07621.42 90 or info(at)msploe.de
Young people aged 15 to 25 years, that have already fulfilled their mandatory schooling but are without their school-leaving certificate, can attend preparatory classes with and without German language support.

Childcare and Kindergarten

The team within the city’s childcare workers can give advice on what is best for you and your children, aged 0 to 6 years..

City of Lörrach | Department Youth/School/Sport
Luisenstraße 16 | 79539 Lörrach | Room 14.06 | Mo-Fr 8 -12; Thursday 15-17:30
Anja Renkert | 07621.415 345 | a.renkert(at)loerrach.de
Sven Schreiber | 07621.415 340 | s.schreiber(at)loerrach.de

Supporting Organizations

For people with migration backgrounds that require a translator, there is this central
group of translators are available. These translators will be available for Kindergarten,
Schools and public authorities. Schools and kindergartens that require translators have
the option to have a translator with them at the meetings. Please contact https://www.
Some schools in Lörrach provide lessons in different languages (currently in Turkish, Spanish and Italian). A list of the available schools can be given to you at the City Hall. Contact Mrs. Ilona Oswald, 07621.415 408, i.oswald(at)loerrach.de
Each school has a social worker to help the children to manage conflicts but also to support the children when there are learning difficulties.
When the school is not an all-day school, there will be care provided for the children. Ask directly at the school for the information.

Speech facilitation is offered in the kindergartens. The facilitation is sponsored by several different organizations, including ‘Sprachkita’ and SPATZ. To support the language skills of the children, the organization SPATZ, in addition to parental support, can be highly successful. Individual projects such as going to the library and field trips will also help strength the skills. The participation of the child is voluntary.
The Caritas Group has a project called ‘City-District Parents’ which provides help for
parents, children, school teachers and nursery teachers. The City-District parents are
mothers and fathers with migration backgrounds that know the difficulties of beginning
again in a new country. They help with their experience for the new citizens and
can give support to problems when needed. Please contact: Caritas Group for county.

Caritasverband für den Landkreis Lörrach e.V.
Luisenstraße 9 | 79539 Lörrach
Reinhard Zahn
Haagener Straße 15A | 79539 Lörrach | 07621.92 75 12
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