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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:

  • 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).
  • in Austria, lower secondary education for pupils aged 10-14, see education in Austria
  • in Switzerland
    • another term for Gymnasium, secondary education for ages 14-18 leading to university access
    • Fachmittelschule (formerly Diplommittelschule), secondary education leading to access to Fachhochschule tertiary education but not to university access

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