• Joachimsthalsches Gymnasium

    A School for Europe

The Idea

Building tomorrow’s Europe today – This idea lies at the heart of our plans to re-open the Joachimsthalsches Gymnasium as the European School  Templin in 2024. Our academic mission: To bring together young people from all over Europe and thereby actively contribute to the strengthening of a future European civil society.


A School for Europe

The new Joachimsthalsches Gymnasium will be a European school – the only one between Frankfurt am Main and Tallinn, the first ever in the new German states, and the very first boarding school of its kind.

At the school, young people from all over Europe will live together and learn together. Not only will they receive an excellent education, but their hands, hearts and minds will be shaped by the European spirit. For Europe is not merely a concept integrated into a curriculum – it’s an idea that students will experience on a daily basis. Instead of foreign languages, they will encounter native languages, and instead of foreign cultures, there will be different cultures.

We want to create a vibrant schoola laboratory in the educational landscape of Eastern Germany, with a European orientation and European culture, a school for the challenges of the 21st century. Creativity, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, sustainability and digitality are taught and lived here. Founding the EST is a commitment to European culture and a contribution to peace in Europe.  

The school will be open to everyone. Scholarships for one third of the students and an income-based system of school fees will help to break down social and economic barriers and ensure diversity in the student body. It is particularly important to us to make this special experience at EST possible for as many students from all sectors of society as possible.  

Young people from all over Europe share a home at the EST and get to know and understand each other better. Designed as a democratic school, the EST is intended to become nothing less than a Europe in miniature. “If you want a united Europe, you have to bring young people together”, was the gist of what Jean Monnet, one of the co-founders of the European Community, said. The EST intends to realise this idea. Through the constitution of its student body, the school will form a bridge between Western and Eastern EuropeThis means, that we will be focusing our attention on Central and Eastern Europe to attract students. 

The EST will become an accredited European School and will thus join the 31 existing European Schools which offer a uniform curriculum throughout Europe. Students graduate from school obtaining the European Baccalaureate (EB) after grade 12. In December of 2018, the representatives of the 28 EU Ministers of Education who make up the Board of Governors of the European Schools started the accreditation process for our Europäische Schule Templin. The EST will be the first European School in East Germany and the first one that operates as a boarding school. 

In a series of workshops supported by the foundations Robert Bosch Stiftung and Karl Schlecht Stiftung, we are working on the school concept.  

To make this vision possible, the Initiative European School Templin – a school for Europe is in need of donors, sponsors and supporters. We have a unique opportunity to build on the eminent academic tradition of the school and imbue it with new ideas and new life.

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Stiftung Gebäudeensemble Joachimsthalsches Gymnasium Templin

The initiative „European School Templin” is carried and coordinated by the charitable foundation “Stiftung Gebäudeensemble Joachimsthalsches Gymnasium Templin“, established in 2016. The foundation has its registered seat in Templin/ Brandenburg and a project-office in Berlin. The first major step achieved in the summer of 2016 was the acquisition of the historic grounds.

Executive Board
Henrike Reemtsma (Chairwoman)
Franc Höfermann-Kiefer
Anke v. Arnim Frfr. v. Reitzenstein
Ulrich Schoeneich
Uwe Schmidt

Honorary Member of the Executive Board
Dr. Arnulf Conradi

Dr. Ferdinand v. Saint André (Managing Director)

Carolin Herms (Donors, Patrons and Partners)

Kerstin Ischen (Donors, Patrons and Partners)

Scientific staff 

Laura Lachmann

Stine Marie Peisl


Förderverein Joachimsthalsches Gymnasium Templin e.V.

The non-profit school project was founded in 2014 when the “Förderverein Joachimsthalsches Gymnasium Templin e.V.” was established. The club has its registered seat in Templin/ Brandenburg. The local voluntary work including cultural events, work assignments, public tours and publicity work contribute significantly to the revival and preservation of the premises.

Executive Board
Ulrich Schoeneich (Chairman)
Dr. Ferdinand v. Saint André
Kathrin Bohm-Berg
Dr. Wolfram Göhre
Ove Sachse
Jan Engelhardt
Daniel Schirmer

Download of statutes of Förderverein Joachimsthalsches Gymnasium Templin e.V.

The Location

The Joachimsthalsches Gymnasium was founded in 1607 – an impressive complex of buildings, idyllically situated among the woods and lakes of the Uckermark region, about one hour away by car from Berlin and Szczecin/Stettin. Until its closure in 1956, it was regarded as one of the foremost schools in the German-speaking countries. The new school will build on the 400-year history of the Joachimsthalsches Gymnasium and its ties to the Reformation and the Enlightenment. Several illustrious figures who are associated with the school include Frederick II, Wilhelm von Humboldt, Carl Friedrich Zelter, Carl Dierke and Erwin Panofsky.

About us

The initiative European School Templin consists of the charitable foundation Stiftung Gebäudeensemble Joachimsthalsches Gymnasium Templin and the Förderverein Joachimsthalsches Gymnasium Templin e.V. The initiatives aim is the foundation of a boarding school at the historical educational site of the former Joachimsthalsches Gymnasium. The members of the association are committed to this on an honorary basis and the foundation with its team of four is significantly involved.


BECOME A DONORContact our project office

Dr. Ferdinand von Saint André
+493020976620 or +4939872089450

BANKING DETAILSFor your donation

Sparkasse Uckermark
IBAN DE22170560600101009666
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Further information




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Christmas letter 2018

Christmas letter 2018

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  • “Educated side by side, untroubled from infancy by divisive prejudices, […] it will be borne in upon them as they mature that they belong together. Without ceasing to look to their own lands with love and pride, they will become in mind Europeans.”

    Jean MonnetFrench entrepreneur and pioneer of European unification

Joachimsthalsches Gymnasium & Surroundings


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    Lehmann Garden and school library
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    Clock tower
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    School courtyard with arcade to the gym
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    View of the boathouse
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    Dormitories and inner courtyard
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    Memorial plaque ‘Scola Attica’
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    School auditorium
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    Classroom – present condition
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    View of Templin and lake

You can find us here






Stiftung Gebäudeensemble Joachimsthalsches Gymnasium

Projectoffice / Postaddresse: Leibnizstr. 86, 10625 Berlin

Registred seat: Prenzlauer Allee 28, 17268 Templin




Förderverein Joachimsthalsches Gymnasium Templin e.V.

Registred seat: Prenzlauer Allee 28, 17268 Templin


Stiftung Gebäudeensemble Joachimsthalsches Gymnasium Templin

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Stiftung Gebäudeensemble Joachimsthalsches Gymnasium Templin 53.124706, 13.526058


Stiftung Gebäudeensemble Joachimsthalsches Gymnasium Templin
Prenzlauer Allee 28
17268 Templin

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Stiftung Gebäudeensemble Joachimsthalsches Gymnasium Templin
Prenzlauer Allee 28, 17268 Templin

Die Stiftung Gebäudeensemble Joachimsthalsches Gymnasium ist eine Stiftung bürgerlichen Rechts. Ihre Gemeinnützigkeit ist vom Finanzamt Angermünde anerkannt. Die aktuelle Freistellungsbescheinigung finden Sie hier.

Eingetragen im Stiftungsverzeichnis des Landes Brandenburg Nr. 233.
Aufsicht durch das Ministerium des Innern und für Kommunales des Landes Brandenburg.

Dr. Ferdinand v. Saint André