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Mittelschule is a German term literally translating to "Middle School" (i.e. a level "intermediate" between elementary and higher education). It is used in various senses in the education systems of the various parts of German-speaking Europe, not necessarily equivalent the English term Middle school (which is itself used in various meanings in various parts of the English-speaking world).

Examples of such use include:

  • Austria, lower secondary education for pupils aged 10-14, see education in Austria
  • Germany
    • in some States of Germany, a school analogous to a Hauptschule
    • in other States of Germany, a combination of Hauptschule and Realschule
    • an education level positioned between Hauptschule and Gymnasium (i.e. the middle group of pupils in terms of academic ability in a system of parallel schools).
  • Switzerland, see also education in Switzerland
    • another term for Gymnasium, a secondary education, either for ages 15-18/19 (Sekundarstufe II, upper secondary education) also known as Kurzzeitmittelschule aka Kurzgymnasium, or then for ages from 12-18/19 (Sekundarstufe I & II, lower and upper secondary education) also known as Langzeitmittelschule aka Langgymnasium, both leading to university access with a Swiss Federal Matura graduation. There are however slight differences among cantons.
    • Fachmittelschule (formerly Diplommittelschule), secondary education (Sekundarstufe II) with a Fachmatura graduation leading to access to Fachhochschule tertiary education, but not to university access.

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