Status of the School

What you should know about the legal status of the school.

Both Primary and Secondary School of SIS Ingolstadt are officially approved as Ersatzschule (an Ersatzschule provides courses and qualifications comparable with those offered at German state schools). Teaching is in accordance with the relevant state curricula. Students attending Primary and Secondary School at SIS Ingolstadt automatically meet the German requirements for compulsory school attendance.

SIS Ingolstadt is seeking full state recognition as an Ersatzschule. Full state recognition can be applied for once the schools have successfully completed a trial period of several years. State recognition for the Secondary School can only be applied for after two successful completions of the final year (Abitur). At Primary School level, SIS has applied for state recognition. The comprehensive and detailed examination by the Bavarian Regierungspräsidium will take some time.

Please note the following important information:

  • At SIS Ingolstadt, curricula, syllabi, grading systems, promotion regulations, etc. comply with the requirements for Bavarian state schools.
  • For admission to SIS Ingolstadt the student must fulfil German public school admission requirements for the corresponding school level. For admission to SIS
    Secondary School, the student must submit a recommendation (Übertrittszeugnis) from their German primary school or have documentary evidence that they have passed an admission examination for German state secondary schools leading up to university-entrance qualification (Gymnasium). SIS Primary School students need a recommendation from their primary teachers for admission to SIS Secondary School which is based on the criteria for admission to a corresponding state school.
  • Until SIS Ingolstadt has been granted full state recognition, the school cannot issue official progress reports. Progress reports issued by SIS Ingolstadt during this period provide general guidance only. The school cannot issue primary school recommendations (Übertrittszeugnisse) as long as the school has not been fully recognised. 
  • In cases where a student of SIS Ingolstadt wishes to transfer to a public school or a fully state recognised private secondary school (Gymnasium or Realschule), an admission examination may be required unless SIS Ingolstadt has already received full state recognition.
  • Until SIS Ingolstadt has been granted full state recognition, the school cannot hold in-house examinations leading to the recognised German educational attainment qualifications. As long as the school has the official status of a state approved, but not yet fully recognised Ersatzschule, students can complete state recognised exams only under special conditions (Externenprüfung). Progress reports issued at the end of grade 9 and 10 will not automatically be equivalent to the corresponding school leaving examinations (Mittelschulabschluss and Mittlere Reife respectively). Those exams would have to be completed under special conditions unless the school has already received full state recognition.

For further information regarding the status of the school, the regulations for admission and the transfer to and from other schools, please contact the principal.

International families who are not familiar with the German school system are strongly encouraged to contact the principal for further advice.