ErikaN

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About ErikaN

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  • Location North America
  • Nationality croatien
  • Hometown Chicago and Hamburg
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  1. Thanks for the very constructive replies! This group is awesome.   I think it's not possible anymore to let him redo a class and go back one year.   He will be 12 years next month and is in the 5th grade in the US when we moved to the States he already started one year later to visit the first grade, the school has put him a class something in-between Kindergarten and first grade, he learned Englisch in three months. Still, they never let him skip a class to go back to his regular age class.   I think considering the Realschule is a good idea, after the 10th Grade, he changes to the Gymnasium, it's popular in Germany. We are very open to all solutions; he should be happy that matters at the end. Someone referred to the international school in Seeheim www.schuldorf.de. They have SISS Primary and SISS Secondary; it is a public school without charges. I also contacted the IS-Neustadt, a bit expensive, but was recommended as a good school. Well, finally I want him also to learn German writing and reading, but we will get their somehow. It was much easier when he six years old, and we moved from Germany to the US; they learn easier and faster and elementary it's more fun and not so much pressure.
  2. Thanks for the very constructive replies! This group is awesome. I think it's not possible anymore to let him redo a class and go back one year. He will be 12 years next month and is in the 5th grade in the US when we moved to the States he already started one year later to visit the first grade, the school has put him a class something in-between Kindergarten and first grade, he learned Englisch in three months. Still, they never let him skip a class to go back to his regular age class. I think considering the Realschule is a good idea, after the 10th Grade, he changes to the Gymnasium, it's popular in Germany. We are very open to all solutions; he should be happy that matters at the end. Someone referred to the international school in Seeheim www.schuldorf.de. They have SISS Primary and SISS Secondary; it is a public school without charges. I also contacted the IS-Neustadt, a bit expensive, but was recommended as a good school. Well, finally I want him also to learn German writing and reading, but we will get their somehow. It was much easier when he six years old, and we moved from Germany to the US; they learn easier and faster and elementary it's more fun and not so much pressure.
  3. Thanks, we ask the schools always if they support with catch up, some of them do so, especially the private ones.    
  4. @robinson100, I know the German Gymnasium is tough, I visited one myself in Hamburg, but I know the schools in the southern German states are much harder than in the northern ones. This is why we like to send him to a private school to avoid stressing him out so much, as long as he is happy we are happy too. I would say he is good at school, and he likes to go there every day with a kind of enthusiasm, but he is not super-dooper good to make up the past 5 years of the German school system. It would be easier if he would be younger. We started today to research online in Mannheim too, but they don't have so many private schools like Heidelberg. Also, the idea to move where the future school will be is not fun, which city is better to live in, Heidelberg or Mannheim? 
  5. Hey everyone, We will move from Chicago to Heidelberg on December 16th, 2019. Our son will be 12 years old in December, and I am searching for a school for him, I already contacted some of the private ones. HPC - Schulen (Gymnasium) offered us to take him as they have availabilities. Not sure if this is a good choice, to be honest, International School Heidelberg would be a better choice, but we have to pay it ourselves, and it's expensive if the company doesn't pay it. Our son speaks German; he was born in Hamburg. We moved when he was 6 years old to Chicago. He makes some grammar mistakes while speaking German, but it's not too bad, I am more concerned about that he can't read and write in German. There is maybe another option at the Heidelberg College Gymnasium. Also, the Englisches Institut Heidelberg sounds excellent. I sent over an application and email already with them. Has anyone school kids at the HPC Gymnasium or heard anything about them? Thanks so much!