Leibniz-Gymnasium is located amidst picturesque vineyards on the outskirts of the Palatine Forest at the foot of the historic Hambach Castle, the “cradle of German democracy.”
Our school community comprises about 950 students and approximately 75 teachers.
The European idea is reflected in many aspects of our curriculum as well as in our school activities.
Our communication-oriented foreign language teaching (focusing on the French bilingual branch) is designed to promote a common European idea amongst our pupils.
Attending our French bilingual branch enables students (from Year 5 onwards) to obtain the French certificate CertiLingua. Starting with Year 9, pupils can choose between additional language options, such as Spanish, Italian or Russian.
We encourage tolerance through intercultural learning activities, our Politics Club, and international competitions. Our students take part in debate tournaments and German-French Maths competitions as well as in bilingual history projects, all of which are designed to encourage integration and to further enhance the European identity.
One of our achievements is the first prize in the French poetry contest “Poésie dans ma ville – poésie dans ma vie” with participants from France, Germany, and Lebanon. In addition, students are invited to take part in frequent school trips to Strasbourg (including a visit of the EU parliament) and to Brussels – to name just a few.
With destinations not just in France (Bayeux, Mulhouse, Mâcon) but also in Indianapolis (USA) and Quanzhou (China), students have a wide range of partner schools to choose from, when it comes to participating in international school exchange programs.
In our school, teachers and students alike embrace change and adapt to the new challenges of a society that fosters European values. To underline our dedication to these goals, we have obtained the certification of the project “School without Racism – School with Courage” in 2016.
Amongst other programs we implement this commitment with special language training for children from non-German backgrounds (German as a foreign language). Additionally, these children are assisted by some of our older students, acting as “Integration Aides,” who give them support in everyday school life.