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Heidelberg College

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Founded in 1887 as an English school and merged with the older Neuenheim College in 1906 Heidelberg College can look back on more than 170 years of school history. It is thus Baden-Württemberg´s oldest non-denominational private school. Located at the river Neckar in the picturesque city of Heidelberg directly opposite the world famous Heidelberg Castle it can also boast of one of the most beautiful settings in Germany that has been praised in poems and paintings by many of Europe´s and America´s finest artists.

The list of its alumni includes names like that of Rangit Prayurasakdi , the future Prince Regent of Siam, two Spanish Infants and that of Heribert Rech, Baden-Württemberg´s Minister of the Interior.

The school and the boarding school are run by the Holzberg family in their third generation. The current Head of Studies is Oberstudiendirektor Edgar-Julian Holzberg.

Heidelberg College is a high achieving, state-approved private grammar school for boys and girls. It offers diverse profiles such as a modern language profile (English, French, Spanish and Latin), a scientific profile as well as an art and a sports profile. Modern concepts and individual support will help the students to develop their self-confidence and reach their final exam, the German Abitur, which entitles them to enrol at almost every university worldwide.

Our aim is to promote confidence and academic performance. At the centre of the daily school routine you will find a close cooperation of students and teachers. A headmaster who personally feels responsible for the emotional well-being of his protégés contributes to the fact that Heidelberg College now has its place among the best-known and most renowned schools in Germany. 45 highly motivated teachers, who support the students individually on their way to the Abitur, complement our team.

Reliability and continuity have been guaranteed by the Holzberg family who have owned and run the school and the boarding houses for three generations now. The current Head of Studies is Oberstudiendirektor Edgar-Julian Holzberg.

Heidelberg College is a co-educational boarding and day school. Parents can choose whether their child is enrolled as a boarder or a day pupil.

Tuition for day pupils starts at 7.55 and ends at 15.30 after supervised homework (which is optional and free of charge).

Boarders arrive on Sunday evening and leave on Friday afternoon.

In Oberstufe (class 11 and 12) all students are prepared intensively in a course system for their Abitur according to the Baden-Württemberg curriculum. All examinations are state approved and will be held in our house with our own teachers. When the students pass class 10 successfully they will automatically be awarded a grade that equals a German Realschulabschluss and that requires – in contrast to regular state-run Realschulen – no further exam.

480 students currently attend Heidelberg College. This comparatively small number enables us to provide them with class and course sizes according to current educational standards.

The essential difference between our school and state schools is the fact that many more students graduate successfully, thus making us a high achieving school. One of the main reasons for this can be found in the fact that our students are individually accompanied during their entire time at our school. The limited number of students also enables each of them to get into direct contact to teachers and headmaster in their everyday school life, which has a very positive effect on their performance at school.

Heidelberg College differs from other grammar schools not only in the teaching sector but also in its extracurricular programme. The school offers a variety of sports activities and project work at the end of every school year. School trips and excursions into the area nearby and abroad (e.g. England, France, Malta, Portugal, Spain) have a positive effect on the class spirit, help the students to intensify what they have learnt in class and offer them cultural experiences. Our explicit aim is to provide them with impressions of other regions and cultures. For some years the younger classes have been taken to special sports camps, as there are skiing or hiking excursions.

The intellectual education is complemented by an extensive choice of AGs (Arbeitsgruppen = voluntary extracurricular afternoon activities). There inclinations towards cultural and sports activities can be aroused, encouraged and individually promoted.