Within this structure, schools are free to plan and organize teaching and learning in the way that best meets the needs of their pupils.
- Foundation – Early Years KG1/ Age 3-5Years
- Foundation – Early Years KG2/ Age 5-6Years (pre-school)
- Grade 1-4
Sekundarstufe I (middle school)
- Grade 5-9 for Hauptschule and Gymnasium
- Grade 5-10 for Realschule
- School type decision (Hauptschule, Realschule or Gymnasium) in grade 6
Einführungsphase Oberstufe (preparatory year for sixth form)
- Grade 10 Gymnasium
Sekundarstufe II (secondary school/ sixth form)
- Grade 11-12
Hauptschulabschluss (Grade 9)
- Lowest possible graduation
- 1 written and 1 oral examination
Mittlerer Schulabschluss/ Realschulabschluss (Grade 10)
- High school graduation (middle school)
- 2 written, 1 oral exam and sufficient marks in all subjects for Realschüler
- 3 written examns and sufficient marks in all subjects for Gymnasium: students pass on to Oberstufe (equal to British sixth form) if all requirements are met.
Abitur (equivalent to A-levels)
- At least 10 subjects are taught
- 3 written exams and two oral exams in 5 subjects(Abitur exams)
How does a student achieve the Shahadat Al-Thanawiya Al-Amma?
The following conditions for equivalency applies:
- Students must pass the UAE Ministry of Education Arabic Studies exam in Grade 12. This can be taken as either Native Arabic Studies (for students of Arab Nationality as shown on their passport) or as Non-Native Arabic Studies (for students of non-Arab Nationality as shown on their passport).
- Students must pass the UAE Ministry of Education Islamic Studies exam which is only applicable to Muslim students in Grade 12. This can be taken as either Native Islamic Studies (for students of Arab Nationality as shown on their passport) or as Non-Native Islamic Studies (for students of non-Arab Nationality as shown on their passport).
- The school has to apply the curriculum applied in their countries of origin.
- The school has to synchronize their test schedules & timings with those of their native countries.
- Certificates carrying the name of the school have to be issued by theEducation Board or Ministry of Education of their native countries.