Birklehof School (German: Schule Birklehof) is a progressive educational boarding school and grammar school with a holistic approach located in Hinterzarten in the High Black Forest in Germany, approximately 25 km from Freiburg. It is a private coeducational secondary school (German: Gymnasium). The school was established by educator Kurt Hahn in 1932 and from the beginning accepted girls and boys. Under the Nazi regime, Hahn was forced to emigrate to Scotland where he founded Gordonstoun School as well as later Outward Bound, Round Square and the United World Colleges.


Key Facts

Founded in: 1932

Students: 170 boarding students, 230 in total (10% are foreign students)

Age range: Boys and girls from 11-18

Campus: Located in Hinterzarten in the High Black Forest and it’s about 25 km. east of Freiburg (in the so called ‘Tri boarder region’ of Germany, France and Switzerland’



Language: German

Diplomas: Abitur (A-levels)

Size of class: 10-24 on average

Foreign languages: English, Latin, French, Ancient Greek, Spanish