Start of school life

The enrollment and school entrance phase

School enrollment is an important and often formative phase for each child, which is also associated with concern and hope for the parent. We invest a lot of time and effort to make the start of school life good for everyone involved.

In the autumn before school enrollment school registrations take place. In this context, a short school entrance examination helps to assess the level of development of a child and, if necessary, to provide support recommendations.

In May / June before school enrollment, the schoolchildren will be invited on a “fairytale journey”. It is a station procedure embedded in a fairy-tale story that identifies the initial learning situation of high schoolchildren in various developmental areas. The “fairy tale journey” provides us with information about the abilities we can build on during the school enrollment after the summer holidays.

Before the enrollment there will also be a parent information evening to clarify questions and uncertainties.

In order to accommodate the different levels of development of children in school enrollment, all children can complete the school entrance phase at their own pace in one, two or three years. Afterwards, they change to the third grade. In the school entrance phase, the children do not receive grades, but text reports with individual feedback on their learning progress.

At the one-world-school Minden, the school entrance phase is designed across the years. This means that children who attend school for one, two or three years learn together in one class. The new school-leavers come at their enrollment in a children’s group, which already knows the school operation well. In this way, the younger ones can learn from the older children. If necessary, children can use the three years of the school entrance phase without having to repeat a class and change the study group. All children work with individual daily or weekly plans.

At the One World School Minden, a total of five entrance classes will be formed. For each entrance class, a classroom teacher is responsible together with an educator. In addition, a graduate social worker and a recognition intern help the children of the entrance classes to learn through special single or small group funding.