In 9th grade, courses start counting towards the High School Diploma, between grades 9 and 12 students have to earn at least 26 academic credits for graduation.
Students in grades 9 and 10 also have the chance to participate in the French and Spanish exchange programs as well as in the Texas GAPP (German American Partnership Program) Exchange in grade 10.
In 9th Grade students take part in a Betriebspraktikum (internship) for ten days intended to provide them with the opportunity to gather experience in a professional field they are interested in. They are responsible for writing applications and finding their internship. They also take the exams for the Mittlerer Schulabschluß, MSA (Intermediate School Certificate):
Intermediate School Certificate (Mittlerer Schulabschluß, MSA)
Students completing Grades 7 through 10 and who pass the Intermediate School (MSA) are promoted into grade 11, or may leave JFKS after the 10th Grade with the equivalent of what was formerly known as the German Realschulabschluss and may begin an apprenticeship (Lehre).
The MSA consists of four parts: Three written exams in English, Math and German, one oral presentation in an additional subject.
JFKS has special permission to substitute the English part of the MSA with the PLAN test, a standardized test created specifically for 10th grade students by the ACT program. Since in the United States the PLAN test is usually administered to 10th graders in the fall, JFKS students take the PLAN test in November as the English part for their MSA.
The Math and German tests as well as the oral presentations are scheduled in the spring. For students at D4 or D4 level, the science part of the PLAN test is used instead of the German exam and an English translation of the Math exam is provided. The topic for the oral presentation is chosen by the individual student, it may also be prepared and presented in small groups.