Supporting and Challenging

Differentiated learning offers

We put very high value on supporting and challenging every single student to develop their talents beyond the regular lesson offer. We want to recognize our students’ strengths and weaknesses as early as possible and to meet them in differentiated learning offers in lessons, work groups and individual support plans for the afternoon.
Strengths are emphasized and developed further. Weaknesses are found early and new solutions are pointed out.
We put special value on constructive cooperation between parents, students and teachers. We do not leave parents and students alone with their problems.

Competition challenges

Student competitions challenge the personal willingness to perform in a special manner. Competing with others, also from outside one’s own class or school, motivates additionally.
In the social-sciences area, the knowledge competition in geography and a competition in politics and history are held.
Athletically, challenges are offered not only by participation in soccer tournaments but also in particular in the scope of the Bundesjugendspiele event in summer for athletics and swimming, and in winter for apparatus gymnastics and tracour.
Reading and photography competitions are part of the offers and challenges in the artistic and creative area.

Supporting offers

We offer supporting classes for all main subjects in grades 5 to 10. Upper-school students are able to participate in remedial mathematics, learning methods/German classes or remedial English if necessary. Marienau school offers special individual support for students with dyslexia. Results are confirmed in the form of a portfolio.
We offer symptom-specific writing trainings for students with dyslexia, usually covering one or two years. Since these disorders are often very stable, intense support is needed. The 45-minute exercise takes place once a week in the afternoon. Students are instructed individually or in pairs by a teacher with the corresponding additional qualification.

Our dyslexia concept includes:

1. Diagnosis of the orthographic competence with the Hamburger Schreib-Probe (HSP) method.
2. Development of an individual support plan
3. Training of phonological awareness
4. Word analysis
5. Practicing the basic strategies of swings, extensions, derivations, memory
6. Rule training
7. Computer-supported learning