True to the slogan "short legs – short distances", primary schools for children from six to ten years of age may be found in all of Heilbronn’s districts. Pupils may only attend a primary school other than the one closest to their homes if it is privately run.
At the age of ten children start their secondary education and may choose between different types of schools:
- The Haupt- und Werkrealschule (six years) prepares them for vocational education (employment in trades and crafts).
- The Realschule (six years) paves the way to vocational schools (office jobs and employment in trades and crafts).
- The Gymnasium (eight years) leads to the Abitur and offers direct access to higher education.
Furthermore, there are a few schools with alternative teaching philosophies such as the "Gemeinschaftsschule" (a type of comprehensive school), where all children of the same age are taught together in one class, or the privately run Waldorf (or Steiner) school. Schools for children with special needs are also available, such as Lindenparkschule for deaf and mute children, Hermann-Herzog-Schule for blind and partially sighted children and Paul-Meyle-Schule for pupils with different mental or physical disabilities.
Nearly all schools in Heilbronn offer lunch and a large variety of leisure activities in the afternoon.
After leaving school, young people may continue their education at one of several vocational schools or at one of Heilbronn’s higher education institutions. All students enrolled in vocational schools are also employed at a company at the same time - in this model, periods in school and at work alternate.
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Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences with its campuses in Heilbronn, Künzelsau and Schwäbisch Hall ranks amongst the major institutions of higher education in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg. Roughly 8,000 young people are currently enrolled there in business studies, engineering and information technology. The Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University based in Mosbach operates a campus in Heilbronn offering interesting courses of study in business administration. The German Graduate School of Management and Law (GGS), which is privately run by the Dieter Schwarz Foundation, has several business and law master degree courses on offer.