Friedrichsgymnasium Kassel

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The Friedrichsgymnasium is a Gymnasium in Kassel, Hesse, Germany. The course work has an emphasis on music and foreign languages, particularly Latin and Ancient Greek. The mission statement of the school is to spread the ideas of humanism and tolerance and to ensure the students grow up to become independent, educated and responsible. The school motto is "Learn what you are and be such[1]", a quote by the Ancient Greek poet Pindar. The school is a so-called "Gymnasium", a secondary school that offers the highest possible standards in education and aimes for the students to take their A-Levels, the "Abitur", in year 13. The school specializes in supporting highly gifted students and has a tradition of encouraging students to be competitive and exceed their limits. However, the school also highlights the importance of tolerance and solidarity, taking part in projects with hospitals and refugee organisations.[2]


The Friedrichsgymnasium was founded in 1779 as Lyceum Fridericianum by Landgrave Friedrich II. It is the oldest gymnasium in Kassel. The school is known to foster its history and is proud of its status of being the alma mater of the two most influential 19th century German linguists, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, and the early 20th century German ruler, Kaiser Wilhelm II.

Foreign languages

The first foreign languages taught are Latin and English starting in 5th grade. In 9th grade French, Ancient Greek, Spanish, Hebrew,and Italian are offered.

Extracurricular activities

The school offers a broad range of extracurricular activities, from literature and drama clubs to various science camps, for example an astronomy club. Furthermore, the school participates in the Berlin Model United Nations Conference BERMUN and debates with other schools and offers exchange programs to France, Siberia and Crete.[3]


Another focus is music. The school boasts several orchestras, bands, choirs and music clubs and a number of concerts are held celebrating important events in the school year, for example the start of the Christmas holidays or the end of the A-Level exams.[4]


Very important is the rowing club, the RVFG. The club takes part in all kinds of rowing competitions on state or national level, regularly enjoying successes.[5] The school ownes a club house on the Fulda (river) which also houses numerous festivities throughout the school year. Traditionally, the training is done by older students with teachers and parents only acting as organizers and fund raisers.[6]

Notable alumni


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External links

  • Official website (German and English)
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Coordinates: 51°18′36″N 9°29′18″E / 51.31°N 9.4883°E / 51.31; 9.4883

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