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  1. living in Viernheim

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  2. Living in Saarbrücken or Kaiserslautern

    Saarbrücken to St Wendel is about half an hour by direct train, Kaiserslautern to St Wendel is double the time  and you need to change trains. By car it's about the same. Saarbrücken has a close connection to France, with - in normal times - many people crossing the border in both directions for work and shopping. Kaiserlautern has one of the largest housing areas for the US military. St Wendel is a nice, very small and very catholic town.  
  3. living in Viernheim

    Have a look at the public transport: Viernheim is on the number 5 line, (commonly called the OEG), the circle tram running between Mannheim - Weinheim - Heidelberg - Mannheim. Weinheim is  on the OEG as well,  but also has a proper DB train station  with direct trains to Darmstadt. Commuting will be easier from Weinheim. You mention schools. There are some good elementary schools, and three schools for secondary education. One of the is half-private, meaning a small fee. Crime : Check here  https://www.presseportal.de/blaulicht/r/Viernheim  
  4. Private Schools Mannheim

    Private schools are mostly  from 5th grade on, and  usually children attend the  elementary school which is closest to their home. If you want to change school, you'll need a good reason to send your son out of the catchment area. Sending him to a private school is a good reason, some parents say their child lives with grandma now and attends school there. You could move, but all this is very difficult if you have no family close-by. There is a Montessori school in Weinheim, but I don't know anything about it. The private MIS in Viernheim gets very mixed reviews. I used to know a family whose daughter attended it, they were more than happy. This was several years ago, though, and from what  I hear now, the school has got worse. There are some posts about it here.   Maybe you can continue trying to improve the situation at your son's current school. A lot depends on the teacher, some go out of their way to help the children, others don't bother at all. Have you talked to the Elternbeirat yet? How is your son's teacher seen by the other parents? How good is your son's German? Does he get extra tutoring in the afternoon? Either in one of the Nachhilfeschulen or by a private tutor?  If you can get someone who knows your son's school, it'll help him a lot. What about his friends' parents? Have you talked to them about the situation?   Good luck to you and your son.