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Akademisches Gymnasium Innsbruck ↑ top ↑


The Akademisches Gymnasium Innsbruck (AGI) is located in the centre of Innsbruck, the capital city of Tyrol (Austria). The address is Angerzellgasse 14. Next to the AGI you can find the State Museum and within five minutes you are in the center of medieval and historical Innsbruck. In 2012 year the AGI celebrates its 450th anniversary. Founded in 1562, it is the oldest gymnasium in western Austria. Over the centuries, the AGI has earned an outstanding reputation for teaching Latin and Greek in combination with programs of all major foreign languages. Daily about 800 students from Innsbruck and vicinity come to study at the AGI. These students not only profit from their excellent teachers, but also from the AGI’s cosmopolitan attitude. For instance, the AGI supports students to join organizations like YPAC (Youth Parliament of the Alpine Convention) or MEP (Model European Parliament) and it encourage them to participate in scientific contests. HR Mag. Roman Nell, the motivating and dedicated headmaster, always supports such projects with great enthusiasm. ->

Contact person:

Claudia Rauchegger-Fischer
Akademisches Gymnasium Innsbruck
Angerzellgasse 14
6020 Innsbruck, Austria

Kantonsschule Trogen ↑ top ↑


The Kantonsschule Trogen (KST), founded in 1821, is located in the northeast of Switzerland. It is the only high school in the canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden. At first, it was a very small boarding school, housed in only one building, but it expanded steadily. Buildings have been added continuously, and in winter 2011 the newly renovated canteen was opened. Now, the school is composed of twelve buildings, containing, among others, a canteen, a house for students to relax in (the so-called “Mount Olympus”), language and maths buildings, an auditorium and a media library. The school does not only offer the classical high school education, but also a Business School and a Health/Sociology/Pedagogy School are integrated, in which educational training and practical work are combined. At our high school, students can choose their major and minor subjects from a great number of options. For instance, Ancient Languages (Latin, Ancient Greek and Philosophy), Modern Languages (Russian or Spanish), Biology & Chemistry, Economics & Law, Music & Art or Physics & Mathematics may be chosen. Music is of great importance. Therefore the KST has a school orchestra, a number of bands playing different genres, a choir and various ensembles which stage several concerts every year. Plus, there is a drama group. The atmosphere at the KST is very cosy. Since it is a rather small school, people know each other and there are familiar faces everywhere. Also the former federal councillor Hans-Rudolf Merz attended the KST. ->

Contact person:

Jens Weber
Gymnasium Trogen
Kantonsschulstrasse 20-29
9043 Trogen, Schwitzerland


Gymnasium Sonthofen ↑ top ↑


Our school Gymnasium Sonthofen was built in 1975 and has just been refurbished during the last few years. It is now a passive house school and one of the most energy-efficient, eco-friendly and modern schools in Germany. Almost every classroom is equipped with a SmartBoard, an electronic "whiteboard" with touchscreen, which makes it possible to easily access the internet, watch movies and save the work that has been carried out in class.

Students from our school have been participating in the YPAC since 2006.

There are currently about 800 students from grades 5 to 12 and 70 teachers at our school. On average, there are 25 – 30 pupils per class. Pupils can choose between two profiles:

  • “Naturwissenschaftlich-technologisches Gymnasium” (scientific and technically oriented profile)
  • “Wirtschafts- und sozialwissenschaftliches Gymnasium” (economics and social science)

After grade 5, pupils choose between Latin and French as their second foreign language. After grade 7, they decide whether to focus on natural scientific subjects or economics. ->

Contact person:

Winfried Engeser
Gymnasium Sonthofen
Albert- Schweitzer-Str. 21
87527 Sonthofen, Germany


Karolinen-Gymnasium Rosenheim ↑ top ↑


The "Karolinen-Gymnasium" is situated in Rosenheim, in southern Bavaria. Pupils at our school have a choice between three focus areas: linguistics, social sciences and science & technology. There are also plenty of optional subjects such as Swedish and other languages, Drama and a variety of sports. Plus we have our own rock band. The school was named after Karoline Friederike Wilhelmine, a Bavarian Evangelic princess, who was known for always being ready to help. Karolinen-Gymnasium started as an all girls' school, but since 1988 is has been accessible for everyone. Rosenheim has a population of about 60 000 inhabitants. There are many lakes in the vicinity, among which Bavaria's largest lake, "Chiemsee". Rosenheim has twin towns in Italy (Lazise), France (Briancon) and Japan (Ichikawa). The unemployment rate in Rosenheim is one of the lowest in Germany - maybe due to the good education at our Karolinen-Gymnasium? And here is one last interesting piece of information about Rosenheim: Sylvia Nasar was born here. You may ask yourself who that might be, but if I tell you what she did, you will know her: she wrote "A Beautiful Mind", which was put into a movie and won four Academy Awards. ->

Contact person:

Birgit Bernhardt
Karolinen Gymnasium Rosenheim
Ebersberger Str. 3
83022 Rosenheim, Germany


Lycée Frison Roche ↑ top ↑


The Lycée Frison Roche is a small highschool located in the Chamonix Valley. There, both day students and borders co-exist to form a vibrant community which is able to enjoy the privilege of facing the highest mountain in Europe: the Mont-Blanc. The school itself is unique because it enables students to take part in various mountain activities while pursuing their studies. ->


Contact person:

Samuel Poissant
Citée scolaire Roger Frison Roche
290, chemin de Saint Rock
74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France


Gian Battista Brocchi ↑ top ↑


Liceo G. B. Brocchi takes students aged 14–19 and offers Classics, Modern Languages, Science and Social Science courses. This year (2012 – 2013) there are 2050 students, 179 teaching staff and 49 non teaching staff. The school catchment area covers 79 Comunes in 3 Provinces. Students come from a wide variety of social backgrounds and there is a small but growing number of students from other countries, usually migrants, for whom a project to facilitate integration has been set up. The project involves a network of local schools who organise courses for non-Italian speaking students; train other students to be peer tutors to newly arrived students, encourage intercultural education both as part of the curriculum and through extra-curricular activities for the schools involved, and offer orientation assistance. Developing personal, social and citizenship competences has been a priority in Brocchi for many years and a 6 country Comenius partnership exploring competence assessment (6, 3, 4, 5) has just started. There are many other projects currently running. Some examples: a peer tutoring project, set up 5 years ago, where student volunteers are trained as tutors and work with students who are in difficulty with their studies; a project developing competences of representation, negotiation and participation with a course, initially 100% teacher run now (as planned) after 7 years 90% student run; projects addressing legality: exploring issues with those in the front line, magistrates, victims, fellow students for whom it is a daily reality. Citizenship is also learnt through service in the wider community: Social Day, a day when students volunteer to do a day’s work in a shop, bar, local offices to earn for charity; an annual sports project with a local prison; projects on women and violence, on the Constitution, etc. There is an on-going project working on the problem of school drop-out rates and in-school psychologists are available for any student who asks. Students with special needs (dyslexia, handicap etc.) are assisted by specialised teachers. Brocchi is lead school in the European Schools Council, a network of elementary, middle schools and senior schools in the Province, who share projects: 5 senior secondary schools currently share Leonardo projects that enable students (120 this year) to do a 5 week work stage abroad in either Austria, France, Spain or the UK. Brocchi has also long encouraged student mobility in other ways: for example, organising study holidays abroad and through class exchanges: the school has exchanges with many countries in the EU every year. Brocchi has participated in both the MEP Model European Parliament and YPAC Youth Parliament of the Alpine Convention for many years. ->

Contact person:

Wanda Marchetti
Liceo Ginnasio G. Brocchi
Via Beata Giovanna 67
36061 Bassano del Grappa, Italy

Fachoberschule Marie Curie ↑ top ↑


Merano is situated in the Alps and a southern part of the Alps therefore has a Mediterranean climate. This favorable climate has always attracted many tourists since the two visits of the Austrian Emperess Sisi, Merano has had a tradition of international tourism. For example Franz Kafka, Stefan Zweig or Sigmund Freud spent long periods in Merano, staying at, that formerly was a Grand Hotel Emma, which is now our school.The “Fachoberschule für Tourismus und Biotechnologie - Marie Curie“, founded in 1961, has three focus areas: Tourism, biotechnologies and biotechnologies for nutrition sciences and is accommodated in an ex-Grand Hotel, a magnificent building built in Art nouveau. Our students after having the final state exams either continue their studies or begin to work. Depending on the subject area it can be languages, tourism, the humanities, veterinary medicine, medicine, social studies or science. More than 700 students and about 85 teachers contribute to making our school a colorful and busy educational institution with many activities in and outside the classrooms. Depending on the focus area the students have various activities during the five years: CLIL - Content, Language, Integrated, Learning (some subjects are taught partially in Italian, English or French), intensive language courses in French or English speaking countries, exchange programme in cooperation with the Guilin University of Electronic Technology (GUET) in Chine, so called “Bio-week” in a nature park near to Vienna, a two week work experience per year, a political “cafè”, dancing groups, sports activities and other activities give our students the chance to learn by doing. Last but not least, we are proud of our school-kitchen in the last floor with a wonderful view, where classes or smaller groups can cook and eat during different projects and activities in a “chilling” atmosphere. For further information have a look at ->

Contact person:

David Augscheller
Fachoberschule für Soziales Marie Curie
Mazziniplatz 1
39012 Meran, Italy


Liechtensteinisches Gymnasium ↑ top ↑


The Liechtensteinisches Gymnasium (LG) was founded by Marist brothers as the Collegium Marianum in Vaduz in 1937, and the first students passed their Matura (school-leaving exam) in 1943. Since 1981, LG Vaduz has been a public school, the only public secondary school in Liechtenstein. The school moved to the current building in 1972. Major changes in the last years include the reduction of school years from 8 to 7 years, and new profiles in grades 9 to 12. Ever since 1969, also girls are allowed to visit the Gymnasium and graduate to be able to go off to university afterwards. Eugen Nägele is the current principal (“Rektor”) at the LG Vaduz. He is accompanied by two vice principals, Christian Marti and Roland Hilti. The number of students at LG Vaduz has increased continually (the first girls were admitted in 1969). There are currently 720 students at our school. On average, there are 19 students per class. ->

Contact person:

Matthias Gappisch
Liechtensteinisches Gymnasium
Marianumstrasse 45
9490 Vaduz, Liechteinstein

II. gimnazija Maribor ↑ top ↑


II. gimnazija Maribor is located in Maribor, the capital city of Styria (Slovenia). The basic credo of II. gimnazija Maribor is to enable its students to achieve their fullest academic potential and to stimulate their creativity, independence and solidarity. II. gimnazija Maribor aspires to stimulate students’ creativity in argument and openness of inquiry. We believe that by visiting your school, our students could gain a better insight into a truly international school whoseatmosphere is infused with the spirit of the IB. This, we believe, would help develop our pupils’ sense of belonging to a wider, global community as well as to expand the CAS Project of the Diploma Programme. II. gimnazija Maribor offers five academic programmes: a general grammar school programme, a sports grammar school programme, the European Class – a grammar school programme with an emphasis on cross-curricular lessons, and the International Baccalaureate programme. With the school year 2010/11, a new grammar school programme with an emphasis on project and research work will be launched; the concept of the programme is unique in Slovenia, drawing on our experience in the IB and the National curriculum. ->

Contact person:

Darja Kravanja
II gimnazija Maribor
Trg Milosa Zidanska 1
2000 Maribor, Slovenia

Gymnasium and high school Rudolf Maister Kamnik↑ top ↑


School center of Rudolf Maister (GSŠRM) is located in the centre of Kamnik which is in the North of Slovenia. Our school centre welcomed its first grammar school students in 1949, which was of crucial importance for the future development of the Municipality of Kamnik. It was named after General Rudolf Maister in 1970, which also marks the beginning of educational programmes of economics. In 1996 the school was restructured into School Centre of Rudolf Maister, which had two separate organisation units; Grammar School and Secondary School of Economics. In 2010, the two programmes were joined by the programmes of Pre-school Education.Through all this time the school has earned an outstanding reputation. It's known from good grades at matura, involved in many projects like MEPI any YPAC, it enables travels to London, Sweeden and Chech Republic, exchanges with German and Italian schools and doing english and german reading badge. Because of a good cooperation with other European gimnasiums we enjoy being involved in such projects as is YPAC. ->

Contact person:

Renata Capuder Mermal
Gimnazija Kamnik
Novi trg 41 a
1241 Kamnik, Slovenia