Last G8 high school students: Just don’t sit still
There are many good reasons not to sit still. Next year there will be a very special one for the last G8 class in NRW: Those who have to do a lap of honor at the end of the tenth grade can usually not do it at their previous school.
The coming school year will be decisive for high school students in the eight-year course (G8) in North Rhine-Westphalia, which is being phased out. Those who remain in the tenth grade at the end of the next school year from the last G8 year cannot repeat the year in their own school, but have to switch to one of the new combined high schools. Of course, this only applies if the students do not happen to be attending one of the schools planned as a bundling high school anyway.
Based on the figures for the past few years, around 2,000 grade repeaters and around 6,000 lateral entrants are expected in the North Rhine-Westphalian bundling high schools for the 2023/24 school year, the Ministry of Education said at the request of the German Press Agency in Düsseldorf. Official data on grade repeaters for the school year ending this week is not yet available, according to the ministry.
The reason for this interim solution, which is unpopular with students and parents, is the ongoing changeover from G8 to G9. While class ten is already part of the upper level in the G8 model, it is still assigned to secondary level I in the G9. In school law, however, it is not possible to switch from the upper level back to the middle level at the same school – not even for repeaters.
Therefore, bridging high schools in all districts and urban districts of the state should cover the need for the transition in the school years 2023/2024 to 2025/2026. The Ministry of Education has published a long list of public and private high school locations.
Anyone who has to repeat the tenth grade at a Bundengymnasium at the end of the next school year stays there until the end of the upper grades. The G8 students who end up there have their Abitur after the twelfth school year, as planned at the beginning of their high school career, and do not slip into the G9 course with the upper classes eleven, twelve and thirteen.
Practically nothing will change for the new G9 cohort, who in the 2023/24 school year will complete an additional school year in secondary level I for the first time with class ten – in a class group. In class eleven they switch to the new three-year upper school and do their regular Abitur in 2027.
The special regulations for simplified or extended repetition possibilities, which were limited to the school years 2019/20 and 2020/21 due to corona, no longer apply. In principle, however, those affected would have the opportunity to switch to another type of school at the upper level: Since the school years of the comprehensive schools and high schools of the vocational colleges had never been reduced to G8, there is no change to bundling high schools.