Comparison Of School Types – Opportunities For Children And Their Education

Whether after kindergarten or elementary school, it’s important for parents and their children to find the next school and, above all, the right type of school for their child early on.

Different School Forms Vs. Stress And Ignorance

Choosing the right type of school is not easy for parents or children. Not only is anything that deviates from the standard state school often viewed socially as negative-alternative. It also involves a certain amount of research, visiting the school for open houses and so on. This can degenerate into stress. At a young age, moreover, children cannot yet assess 100% where they will feel most comfortable in the future and where they can learn best. It is quite natural that even the parents can’t overlook this in its entirety. Therefore, the following school comparison should help you. In it you will also find links to further sources with interesting information.

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The Balance Between Knowledge Transfer And Human Interaction

Similar to the forms of childcare, the comparison of school forms also requires weighing and assessing where the child will feel comfortable and develop best. After all, in addition to pure knowledge, which of course should be taught as a priority, social and cognitive skills are also part of growing up healthily. With small class sizes, all children can be appropriately supported in a state-run regular school – as long as the teachers are appropriately trained and motivated. In schools that are specifically designed for social skills and regulated togetherness as well as for each other, the question goes in the other direction: Is enough academic knowledge also taught to pass the graduation and to survive in the tough labor market?

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State Regular School, Private School, Waldorf, Klax School & Co.

Some school types and pedagogical approaches can already be found extensively described here in the Parents’ Compass. For example, you can inform yourself extensively about Montessori education as well as Waldorf education. In the individual articles, you will not only get an insight into the individual school forms, but also points of comparison to the regular school. However, the pedagogical concept of the Klax School has not yet been looked at so closely in the Parents’ Compass. The Klax School as a form of school emerged from the efforts of the Klax Group, which promotes individual development and comprehensive education of people of different age groups. It emerged from the efforts of founder Antje Bostelmann, who offered painting, pottery and dance classes for children under the name “Klax” in 1990. This quickly developed into a daycare center program and much more to this day. It is therefore an organically grown, not forced system, which can look back on almost 30 years of experience and interaction with children, young people as well as adults.

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Information About The School, The Group And The Working Atmosphere

If you want to see a portrait of the Klax Group in general and of the daycare center, preschool, elementary school and/or middle school, and also want to know how educators and other employees view the company, you will find what you are looking for on kununu. The kununu platform collects reviews from employees and applicants of a wide variety of companies to provide a comprehensive overview of individual employers. Although viewing the meanwhile more than 100 reviews does not replace a visit to the open day or another personal interview, the reviews on Klax School can already give you a (quite positive) picture.

Direct Comparison Of The School Types

The following table shows a comparison of individual points, which can be contrasted with the mentioned school forms and schools. This comparison can and should be used for decision making, but should not remain the only source of information. Please feel free to use the links provided as well as other sources you find during your research to get a comprehensive picture of the different offers. In this way, you can ensure that your child ultimately attends the right school, where knowledge transfer, individual support and the development of social skills are balanced in the right, individual way.

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Special featurePedagogical philosophyExpansion of the school form
Regular schoolThe most widely attended, socially recognized type of schoolCurriculum and timetable clearly structured according to subject areas with fixed times and guidelines, especially for achieving the class goal – most clear focus on imparting knowledgeAvailable everywhere due to state model for compulsory education
Waldorf SchoolComprehensive view of the human being and special appreciation of sensory observationsFlexible curriculum, which is artistically oriented and takes the student as an individual through 12 school years without “sitting out” – as well as cosmological, anthroposophical teaching of valuesCurrently 245 schools throughout Germany, divided among all federal states – 1,151 schools worldwide


Montessori SchoolTraditionally no separation between personal, cognitive and social development of childrenFree expression of positive behavior with open learning system as well as its combination with exercises, sensory material and cosmic educationAccording to official data about 400 schools in Germany (300 primary and 100 secondary schools)


Klax SchoolArt-related form of school that offers future-oriented learning with a view to digital developmentsPreparing children for the future through creativity, social competence, ego and we acceptance, and knowledge of the technically developed worldElementary and middle school in Berlin Pankow; as a supra-regional education provider, however, represented with 30+ facilities in Germany, as well as Sweden




In the comparison of school forms, there is certainly something for everyone. Where state-run regular schools primarily strive for the rigid and regulated imparting of knowledge, other types of schools are dedicated to the development of the individual, the holistic development of their protégés, or a solution-oriented approach to the future. Whether a positive and desirable school form for the child can be taken up, that depends quite clearly also on the locations of the individual schools. For as much as the child should be educated artistically, holistically and prudently, a school commute of several hours is rather counterproductive.

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