Who are we?

Pupils usually enter the Secondary School at the age of 11 after having successfully completed the Primary School's cycle. The Secondary School is, together with the Kindergarten and the Primary School, part of the education structure in a European School. These types of schools were created primarily for the children of employees of EU institutions and of the European Patent Office. Their aim is to enable children to receive an education, which is comparable to one in a national education system. The school graduation certificate - the European Baccalaureate - enjoys high international reputation.

The Secondary School meets this objective by providing our pupils a grammar school or comparable education. Overall, pupils must successfully complete 7 school years to be admitted to the European Baccalaureate examination. The Secondary School is divided into three cycles: the transition cycle (years 1 - 3), the middle cycle (years 4 - 5) and the upper cycle (years 6 - 7).

Corresponding to the number of the pupils, various language sections are available. At our school, we have German, English, French, Italian and Dutch sections. This ensures teaching by mother-tongue speakers in most subjects, including language, mathematics, science, as well as human sciences in the first two school years. The highly qualified teachers are selected by the member states and seconded to our school. Children who do not belong to any language section (SWALS = Students Without A Language Section), receive mother tongue tuition in their dominant language. SWALS pupils must be enrolled into one of the three main language sections (DE, EN, FR).

Emphasis is not only placed on the teaching in the dominant language, but also on the teaching of additional languages. Language 2 is decided at enrolment and plays a very important role. It is one of the three working languages ​​(English, German and French). Not only language 2 lessons, but also other subjects, such as geography, history, economics etc. are taught in this second language. This strengthens on the one side the pupil's language and technical skills, whilst on the other side it encourages a European sense of community as the language classes are composed of pupils from different language sections. In addition, teaching in the host countries language - German - is also provided. This applies in particular to sports, music or art.

As well as promoting languages, we also focus on the teaching of sciences and humanities. From year 6 onwards, our pupils are able to create their own, individually tailored timetable. In addition to a certain number of compulsory subjects, they may choose, for example, up to eight hours of mathematics or four hours subjects like geography, etc. This freedom of choice creates the most ideal condition for our pupils' future academic career. A team of educational advisers is available to assist with the subject choice. At the end of the Secondary School the European Baccalaureate examination is taken. The results are calculated from the scores achieved in year 7, the preliminary exams and the final exams (written and oral). This certificate corresponds to a German school graduation certificate and is recognised in all member states as well as internationally.

The Secondary School of the ESM is very active. The diversity of the standard teaching programme is enriched by additional courses, the so-called complementary subjects. They range from business courses to athletics to chess to knitting. In addition, many small and large scale projects are held annually, they include Comenius, Plato, MunoM (Model United Nations of Munich), MEC (Model European Council), ESSS (European Schools' Science Symposium), the Identity Project, and many more. Excursions and study trips are also organised regularly. All this adds to the special vibrancy that characterises the Secondary School. Highly qualified, motivated and committed teachers form the backbone structure of the school. Furthermore, middle managers, educational advisers, subject coordinators and administrative staff all contribute to ensure a smooth organisation of the school.

In close cooperation with the European Patent Office, the Parents' Association and other stakeholders, we are committed to ensure the welfare of our pupils on a daily basis. The school's climate is characterised by mutual respect, a sense of responsibility, commitment and openness. True to the motto of one of our European Day celebration "Together and For Each Other" we are working together to further develop our school in order to provide high quality education for future generations of pupils.