The concept of the Kapriole school is best described in three sentences:
- The children at the free democratic school ‘Kapriole’ learn when, where, what and with whom they want.
- They have the freedom to do what they want as long as they don’t interfere with the freedom of others.
- All issues of everyday life at school are discussed and decided in the weekly school meeting. Pupils and teachers each have one vote.
The Kapriole is one of approximately 100 free alternative schools in Germany and since 1997 it is officially approved. With about 150 pupils Kapriole is one of the bigger members of the National Association of Free Alternative Schools in Germany. Apart from the activities in this association Kapriole is significantly involved in the development of the European Democratic Education Community (EUDEC).
At Kapriole, the focus lies not on the curriculum or the subject matter, but on the people involved: Self-determined learning on one’s own responsibility and within democratic structures form the core of Kapriole’s self-image. The school’s pedagogic concept is based among other things on the ideas of Rebeca and Mauricio Wild, Maria Montessori, A.S.Neill and Sudbury Valley School.
is a non-state funded primary school without school fees, where children from the first to the fourth grade learn and work in mixed aged groups together with constant attachment figures.
The whole school community includes just 20 to 40 children.
The particular about the concept of Bildungsschule is high individualisation of teaching. Every child will be supported and demanded individually and decides his or herself within the open curriculum what and how he or she learns.
The result is a learning with highest fit and relevance – prerequisite to prevent learning difficulties and to develop the competences through sustainable learning, which is the basis of lifelong learning.
The most important thing: It’s about a different attitude towards the students.
Teachers have to expect that usual students have unusual capabilities.
Often we are asked if the students at our school learn anything, if they’re not just playing all day and doing nothing, if there is just chaos? Don’t they need clear rules and structure?
Well, humans always learn. Our brain just hasn’t another choice. The question is just what our brain learns and why most of the students don’t like school and prefer to learn different things.
We can’t drum everything into the students at school and believe that they’ve learned enough. When students don’t learn the motivation and ability to learn on their own, they don’t have any chance in our society.
Because learning is an self-active and constructive process in social contexts. And teachers support this process by creating learning situations which provoke the children to learn.
That’s how it’s written in the policies of the Hamburg education plan. And we’re doing nothing else at NEUE SCHULE HAMBURG!
Primary school at Zielstattstraße in Munich – The school in the country
The value education of our students is close to our heart. Self-determination, co-determination and the ability to empathy are essential basics of education to become a democratic human who needs to find his or her way in a globalized and dynamic world.
Successfully we managed to meet these demands through among other things Open Learning and integration of the students in fundamental decisions concerning school. Lessons are not understood as knowledge transfer, rather the children shall evolve categories of action, which offers them the possibilities to handle with their knowledge and skills best possible and responsibly. Furthermore that’s how we take the claim on individual support and challenge seriously, also under the aspect of motivation and efficiency.
Today’s school building exists since 1973. Meanwhile we have over 17 classes, thereof five M-classes (7-10) and two all-day-classes. However in the following years this sector will be expanded further and we want to offer all-day-classes till the 10th grade.
State Gymnasium in Bavaria
We are looking for a school, that supports self-determined learning and/or wants to establish democratic structures beyond school pupils’ council.