A brief outline of Lise-Meitner-School

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Our Oberstufenzentrum (career-related school centre at secondary level II) combines a variety of different types of schooling:

Apprentices of jobs in the natural sciences from Berlin and Brandenburg are instructed on 1 or 2 days per week at the Berufsschule (a part time vocational school, complimentary to on-the-job training).

At the Berufsfachschule für Technische Assistenten our students are offered a 3 year vocational training including theory as well as practical training to become technical assistants. Besides obtaining the qualification of a certified technical assistant in the fields of chemistry, biology or physics, the students are also entitled to continue their professional and further vocational training at a Fachhochschule (Allgemeine Fachhochschulreife). For those students who have already graduated from school with the Abitur (A-level) (Allgemeine Hochschulreife) there has been the possibility since 2002 to do the vocational training for becoming a technical assistant within a shorter period of two years.

At the Berufliches Gymnasium the students acquire the Allgemeine Hochschulreife that allows them to do any subjects at German universities. A characteristic of our school is that the students are obliged to at least one of the sciences as their major subject. The sciences are not only taught in theory but the students also get a practical training in the laboratories which are also used for vocational training.
On the basis of certain combinations of “Leistungskurse” (majors), i.e. biology/chemistry; chemistry/physics or physics/IT our students have the possibility to obtain the degree of a technical assistant within a period of just one year after having achieved the Abitur. This feature of a double qualification is unique in Germany and is only offered to the graduates of our own Berufliches Gymnasium, because their major classes in the sciences were completed by practical classes in the laboratories. Thus, a high quantity and quality of practical training and experimenting is guaranteed. More than 50% of all students in the Berufliches Gymnasium use this opportunity.

Moreover, the Fachoberschule enables students who already have successfully completed an apprenticeship in the field of natural science (i.e. chemical laboratory worker) and who graduated from Secondary School with the MSA (= GCSE-level) to achieve the degree of the Allgemeine Fachhochschulreife within a year. With this they are entitled to attend universities of applied sciences in Germany.
All those students with the degree of Allgemeine Fachhochschulreife may further their qualification in the Berufoberschule, where they can obtain allgemeine Hochschulreife within one year of schooling.
Additionally there is the course of Berufsfachschule for one year offered to students who have graduated from secondary school with the MSA (=GCSE). The aim of this course is to prepare the young people specifically for a job in the natural sciences – in theory as well as in practical trainings – with emphasising on the latter.

Beyond all the possible degrees it prepares for, the Lise-Meitner-School makes some other attractive offers:

  • Student laboratories for students from other schools in the fields of gene technology (S1-lab), neuro-biology and microtechnology (MicroLab)
  • Since 2004 the LMS has participated in the “Lange Nacht der Wissenschaft” (Night of Sciences), i.e. with projects such as “Chemistry for children” and “Physics for children”
  • Organisation and tutoring of EU mobility-projects: students and graduates are sent to work placement experiences in laboratories of research institutes, companies etc. in 24 EU countries.
  • Initiation and participation in EU funded pilot projects dealing with natural sciences
  • Cooperation between the Technical University Berlin and Lise-Meitner-School to support the sciences and other technical subjects

Some additional data about the Lise-Meitner-School

  • a site of 8,200 m2 for training, teaching, sports and administration
  • 26 laboratories for chemistry, physics and biology
  • 6 IT-rooms with internet-access; also internet-access in all departments, the library and the media resource centre
  • gym and 2 tennis courts
  • approx. 1,500 students
  • approx. 135 staff members (including technical personnel)