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Three-year commercial grammar school

The three-year commercial grammar school (= 3-jähriges Wirtschaftsgymnasium; WG) has been very popular for many years, as it enables students who come from a secondary middle school, a full-time commercial vocational school or a grammar school for general education, and who already have a secondary school certificate, to get the general qualification for university entrance (= Allgemeine Hochschulreife).

This interest of students in our school can be explained by looking at the pupils’ possibility to get a dual qualification: On the one hand, students obtain the general scholastic aptitude they need for university, on the other hand, they prepare for their entrance into the working world when they decide to do a traineeship instead of academic studies.

Our pupils should be taught insights into politico-economic and business-related economic connections and processes without neglecting subjects for general education. In order to get better insights into commercial contexts, it is important to obtain IT skills, which is also taken into account in the curriculum. Attending IT lessons is obligatory in our entrance classes (grade 11) and grade 12. There is a possibility for interested pupils to further deepen their knowledge in grade 13 in order to choose information technology as a subject in their final exams.

The commercial grammar school can alternatively be attended in the profile “International Business” or in the general profile “Economics”. The profile “International Business”, which has been offered since the school year 2011 / 2012, takes into account the growing internationalization and globalization of economy and society, as well as an internationally oriented university education. The importance of foreign languages in general as well as the outstanding importance of the English language as the language of conferences and negotiations is observed in lessons that are bilingual in part. The profile “International Business” especially addresses students gifted with languages and it is strongly recommended to take a second language up to the final exams.

The traditional and well-tried general profile “Economics” remains to the full extent and additionally offers many possibilities for an inclination- and interest-directed differentiation and emphasis.

There is an opportunity for pupils of the commercial grammar school to attend the profile “Business Information Technology”, which is taught across classes. This way they can obtain additional competences in information technology. In close cooperation with the subject Economics, pupils obtain knowledge and skills which represent current fields of activity in everyday company practice. The subject Business Information Technology is continuously attended from grade 11 to grade 13.

The main emphasis of a further subject, Financial Management, is the acquisition of basic fiscal knowledge. Students work on fiscal issues in the area of private financial management with the help of mathematical processes and the use of the computer as a working tool. The subject is continuously attended from grade 11 to grade 13.

The subject Global Studies addresses students with a good knowledge of English who are interested in current global issues, cultural comparisons and international business relationships. It is continuously attended from grade 11 to grade 13.

Pupils of grade 12 can voluntarily attend a seminar course (a minimum number of participants is required). The “Special Achievement” which is obtained here can be taken into account in the total qualification within the scope of the final exams.

Conditions of admission:

  • students from the secondary middle school and the full-time commercial vocational school with the average mark 3,0 (= “satisfying”) in the subjects German, Maths and English in their last graduation certificate; whereby the respective marks in each of these subjects have to be at least a 4,0 (= “sufficient”);
  • students from a grammar school of general education with a school certificate which attests that they passed their last school year (usually after grade 9 or 10).

It is the aim of the commercial grammar school to teach students not only respective professional skills, but also key skills like the ability to think in contexts across all subjects, or methodological as well as social competence.

School twinnings with vocational schools in other EU countries contribute to participants enhancing their foreign language skills. They convey vivid impressions of the respective countries’ economy, culture and living conditions. Personal friendships across borders are often developed over time.

Für die Eingangsklasse (WG 11):
Studiendirektorin Sandra Thomalla

Für die Jahrgangsstufen 1 und 2 (WG 12 und 13):
Studiendirektor Hermann Geywitz

Tel.: 0731 / 161 – 3883

There is an opportunity for pupils of the commercial grammar school to attend the profile “Business Information Technology”, which is taught across classes. This way they can obtain additional competences in information technology. In close cooperation with the subject Economics, pupils obtain knowledge and skills which represent current fields of activity in everyday company practice. The subject Business Information Technology is continuously attended from grade 11 to grade 13.

Choosing the subject Global Studies means choosing a task-based approach to learning. Students work on current topics of world economy and politics as well as complex social and inter-cultural issues. It is therefore an in-depth study of the profile subject Economics. A second essential aim is to promote language competence by the integration of the English language as the language of conferences and negotiations (about 50%).

Regarding content, the subject Global Studies includes among others:

  • comparing cultures;
  • debating;
  • globalization of world economy;
  • population development and migration;
  • sustainable development as a global task.

Pupils have the opportunity to attend a seminar course. The “Special Achievement” which is obtained here can be taken into account in the total qualification within the scope of the final exams.

The students’ special achievement has to be documented in writing. Students present and explain the results of their special achievement in a colloquy and answer questions. If there are projects in which more than one pupil is involved, it is required to assess each student’s individual achievement.

Schools are allowed to choose the content of seminar courses themselves within the framework of the level of knowledge required for senior classes of a grammar school and for final exams. There is a possibility to try new topics across classes or to realize projects which are relevant for the school profile. Pupils should be included into choosing topics for the seminar course.