Pupils who are Austrian or Austrian and one or more other nationalities
… are taught in Austrian mother tongue according to the Austrian curriculum. This teaching is integrated from the CP to the 3ème in the international German language section.
The French-Austrian cultural agreements define the teaching of German as a mother tongue:
- Pupils attend the German mother tongue classes (4–6 hours);
- Pupils follow history and geography lessons in German as their mother tongue from CM2 (1–2 hours);
- These pupils have to prepare and take two oral examinations at the end of Troisième (as part of the international section and the DNB): in German as a mother tongue and in history/geography in German as a mother tongue;
- They have to prepare and take the Matura (in Terminale);
- They receive religious instruction (1–2 hours) of their registered faith. The following courses are offered from the CP in the École Élémentaire: the Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Muslim religions (CP to CM1). Religious education is mandatory for Austrian pupils who have registered one, but it is possible to be exempted in writing at the beginning of each school year. Pupils of no religious affiliation (ORB) have the opportunity to register for one of the religious education courses by writing at the beginning of each school year. An electronic information letter is sent out at the beginning of the school year.
For pupils of any other nationality
- These pupils attend German as a foreign language courses at their level. From the 2nde, they can take the ÖSD (« Österreichisches Sprachdiplom»), examinations, organised externally, if they wish to pursue further post-secondary studies in Austria or elsewhere.
- On request, they can join the international German language section and thus the Austrian courses in German as a native language, after a positioning test or a recommendation from their teacher at the LFV. They then take classes in German as a native language (and: history/geography in German as a native language from CM2 onwards). Upon written request from their parents, they can enrol in a religion course offered at the school: Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim (CP to CM1) from École Élémentaire (CP) onwards.
The Matura: Secondary School Leaving Examination in Austria
Austrian pupilsmust take the baccalauréat and the Matura.
Pupils with any other nationality take the baccalauréat. In the terminale, they can apply for the Matura if they follow the Austrian curriculum (German as mother tongue / history + geography in German as mother tongue).
Matura terms and conditions
- Transcription of the Matura and German grades for the baccalauréat: Continuous examination tests in German are replaced by Austrian tests. The results of the continuous evaluation, the average results of the final cycle (1ère and Terminale) and the written and oral exams of the Matura are converted by a specific harmonisation board. The marks obtained in this way replace the marks for German as a foreign language at the baccalauréat.