The Felix-Klein-Gymnasium was founded in 1890 and the present building was officially opened in 1928. Even at that time the school was regarded to be very modern and today it is equipped with the most up-to-date facilities. The traditional building, constructed in the style of “Neo-realism”, offers many advantages over most more recently built schools: For example, it never gets too hot in the big, light classroom since the windows face west. The science rooms are located in their own wing, the music from the rooms in the tower does not echo through the whole building and the generous hall is an ideal location for our assemblies, concerts, plays and the Felix-Klein cinema (FKK). Despite the close proximity to the town centre, the FKG is located in a quiet area without irritating traffic noise.
At present our school is attended by around 1300 pupils who are taught by approximately 190 teachers. The school is equipped with :
- a new language laboratory which offers the possibility of internet research at each work station;
- three physics, chemistry and biology room each which are designed for pupils to do their own experiments in lessons;
- three computer rooms for the use of new technologies;
- a fourth computer room which can be used by pupils during breaks and after lessons;
- two geography rooms and a history room;
- two media rooms equipped with film, video and DVD players;
- two music rooms, two art rooms, DT rooms and a photographic laboratory;
- our school library contains more than 10 000 books;
- two new sports halls offer the possibility of doing many different kinds of sports and the choice is further enhanced by the proximity to an indoor and an outdoor swimming pool as well as the sport facilities at the Jahnstadium and the possibility of do canoeing or sailing at the Kiessee;
- our canteen offers a varied menu for pupils taking part in extra curricular activities or those who attending afternoon lessons;
Extra curricular activities
The numerous clubs enhance our curriculum. You can, for example, study for your “computer licence”, develop new programmes, help with the FKG home page or produce exit polls for recent elections. Our school newspaper “Forum” is always searching for talented editors. Should you interested in maths or science, you could take part in the maths, physics or chemistry Olympics and do research for “Jugend forscht”. Many of our pupils have been awarded by “Jugend forscht” for their outstanding research.
In the last few years the environmental club has put a lot of effort into the creation and upkeep of a biotope, a rockery and a fruit garden which can be enjoyed by everyone. In the same area of the school yard there is also a small sports field, a boules pitch, a “green classroom” and a barbecue area with a pavilion which is often used for summer class parties.
The weather club regularly produces weather forecasts which are more reliable than most others. The theatre group and the “Théâtre français” rehearse for their plays shown in the school hall or at school theatre meetings. If you are musical you could join one of our two choirs, the school orchestra or the brass band “Jazztified”. Maybe you would like to play rock, rap or reggae music with some friends? You can make full use of our well-equipped practice room.
If you think about going into a career in economics you might profit from our collaboration with the firms NOVELIS, OTTO BOCK (Health care GmbH) and MAHR. These firms offer work experience and work shops to our pupils and collaborate with the “Business@school” and “Jugend und Wirtschaft” clubs.
Pupils usually go on class trips in years 5, 7 and 10. Ski trips are organised in winter and water sports courses are offered in summer to pupils in years 11 and 12. If you are in the sailing club you can work towards your sailing certificate and complete the Baltic Sea sailing course.
Pupils in the sixth form go away with their tutor groups for a weeklong study trip.
Those pupils who have chosen to study Latin get the chance to go on the study trip to Rome in year 10. As we are also twinned with several schools in France (Coueron, Pau and Lyon-Villeurbanne) and England (Gloucestershire), we organise exchange programmes for pupils in years 7 to 10. Furthermore, older pupils can take part in exchanges with Spain, Poland, Sweden, Australia and Mexico.
In year 11 pupils do work experience. In addition there are also project days, days out and visits to firms.
Foreign languages at the FKG
You will have started learning English at primary school and when you come to us in year 5 you will continue to do so. In year 6 you will choose a second foreign language which is going to be French, Spanish or Latin. Later on you will also have the option of choosing a third foreign language (Latin, Spanish or French).
In the sixth form you will get another opportunity to choose French or Spanish as another foreign language. All foreign languages are offered up to the Abitur. If you want to, you can obtain the French language certificate (DELF-certificate) given out by the French government. You can both prepare and take the exam at the FKG. The Japanese club offers an insight into a non-European language and culture.
International classes at the FKG / bilingual classes
Are you particularly interested in languages? Then maybe you would like to take part in bilingual lessons in our international class. Bilingual means two languages. Pupils in bilingual classes do not only learn English but some subjects are also taught in English. The bilingual subjects are geography, chemistry, history and sports. The remaining subjects are taught in German. We have produced a extra link and if you wish to obtain further information please do not hesitate to contact Mr Baack.
Beginning with the academic year 2008/09 Felix-Klein-Gymnasium offers the Diploma Programme of the International Baccalaureate Organization. Especially students with little or no knowledge of German can attend this two-year course to prepare for the final exams in May. The award of the IB Diploma is widely accepted by colleges and universities throughout the world. For details see www.ibo.org. German students can take the exam, too, instead of the German Abitur, and apply to universities with their diploma.
Subjects currently offered are: German A1 Higher Level (HL), English A2 HL, Geography Standard Level (SL), History SL, Chemistry HL + SL, Biology SL, Maths HL + SL, Visual Arts SL. We are considering to broaden the range of subjects. For further information please contact Mr Freimann by phone or email. Felix-Klein-Gymnasium is listed on the IB website (“Find an IB school”) where there is a link for contacting the school.
Mathematics and science
The FKG is one of only 66 schools in Germany which are allowed to call themselves MINT-Excellence-Centres. MINT is an abbreviation for Maths, IT, Science and Technology. The FKG is therefore being rewarded for its excellence in these subjects which is one of the main foci of the school. Well-equipped physics, chemistry, biology and IT rooms open up the opportunity to provide a most up-to-date education.
Mathematics and science classes
If you have a specific interest or are particularly gifted in maths and science you could join our maths and science class. The emphasis of this “mn-class” is put upon the sciences in years 5 to 10. There is also an extra link and if you wish to obtain further information please do not hesitate to contact Ms Bokeloh da Silva (tel. 0049 551 3894889).
We hope that this information has helped you to get to know our school a little better. If you or your parents should have any questions you can gladly telephone or visit us.