Approximately 280 students live and learn as boarders within the Louisenlund community. The secure environment and life-long friendships make this an integral part of life at Louisenlund.
The private school is situated on the banks of the beautiful Schlei fjord and gives young people the chance to live and learn within a safe and structured daily routine. The synergy between academic lessons and afternoon activities, all within the campus, eases, for boarding students, the adventure of growing up. Lessons are held, mainly in the mornings, in small class groups. In the afternoons students take part, with great enthusiasm, in extra-curricular activities – guilds, which they elect themselves. During the evenings, there is plenty of opportunity to enjoy free-time with friends.
The older students (Years 10 - 12) live and learn on the idyllic campus surrounding the Louisenlund Castle. The younger children are based on the nearby campus of the former Louisenlund Estate.
Boys and girls live in separate houses, but visiting each other is allowed as set out by the rules. Many staff members also choose to live on the campus. These are often house parents who live alongside the students in the boarding houses, which enables a relationship of trust, respect and understanding to develop between adults and young people.
Boarding at Louisenlund, with small classes, extra-curricular activities and free-time, helps youngsters grow up to be independent, hard-working, globally minded citizens with a strong sense of responsibility. Members of staff are on hand to support and encourage students throughout their holistic education.
Our relaxed and peaceful campus provides the ideal background for an all-round education for our studentsKirsten Conradi, Senior Housemistress
The Louisenlund Castle Campus is home to students in Years 10 – 12 who live and work here. Study time and free-time are optimally coordinated by an experienced team of educators.
A maximum of 20 students live in houses with their house parents in well-equipped single or double rooms. Most students bring individual items from home to add to their rooms to make themselves feel comfortable.
In the afternoons and evenings, a wide choice of activities, such as, Sailing, Fitness, Rugby, Golf, Drama are available, not far from the boarding houses on campus. As well as lessons and extra-curricular activities, students also have the chance to take part in our many international projects. The best part of boarding school life is the chance to experience a wide range of learning and free-time activities together with the peer group: that is the best thing about Louisenlund!
What exactly do house parents do?
House parents look after the students when they are not in classes. They live in the same building and ensure that each student follows his daily schedule. Regular communication with subject teachers and mentors, means that house parents play an important role in the education of each student.
The Louisenlund estate (Junior School), a historical ensemble of former farm buildings, is close to the castle and is home to approximately 50 – 70 boarding and day students in Years 5 – 9. In the Junior School, we aim to give children plenty of time to accumulate the energy and skills needed to do well in the Upper School.
Lessons and extra-curricular activities are organised in such a way as to provide the chance for skills and strengths to develop in a stress-free environment. Besides the academic programme, a wide range of manual, cultural and sporting activities, give each child the chance to find and develop his or her strengths, whilst supported by skilled staff.
In the Junior School children learn the importance and advantages of life in a supportive community and the benefits of working in a team; an ideal start to life at secondary school.
Louisenlund works with a 14-day timetable. In the “A”-week, classes for students in Years 8 – 12 are held from Monday at 8.15 am until Saturday at 1.15 pm. In the “B”-week, classes finish at 1.15 pm on Friday for everyone.
Yearly schedule for the school year 2018/19 The complete school year with all important dates can be downloaded here (German only).
The weekend at the end of an “A”-week is known as an Active Weekend, offering many activities to choose from. Many students spend these weekends in school, voluntarily, taking part in workshops or courses and enjoying the community spirit together with their friends.
A small number of such weekends are compulsory and known as “Boarding Weekends”. On Boarding Weekends students take part in exam preparation courses, sports events or workshops run by clubs or societies.
On free weekends, most students take the opportunity to travel home or to spend the weekend with friends. For the international students, excursions are organised, for example to Berlin, Hamburg or to the coast, to give them the opportunity to get to know Germany better. These excursions are open to all students.
Classes 5 and 6 end on Friday in A-week at 4.30 pm and on Friday in B-week at 2 pm. The children spend the weekend at home, with a few exceptions, such as the harbour festival or boarding school weekends for the whole school.
What are the holiday periods in Louisenlund?
In principle, we are guided by the holiday periods in Schleswig-Holstein. Exceptions are the additional spring holidays.
Christmas holiday 20.12.2017 – 05.01.2018
Spring break 17.02. - 23.02.2018
Easter holiday 29.03. – 13.04.2018
Whitsun holidays 11.05.2018
Summer vacation 09.07. – 18.08.2018
On the exeat weekends a shuttle bus runs from Louisenlund to the central station in Hamburg. From here students have the chance to take trains home to other parts of Germany or to fly from the nearby Hamburg Airport.
At the end of the weekend, usually Sunday evening, the bus runs from Hamburg central station back to school.
We understand that a move to Louisenlund is not a decision which can be taken lightly by parents or children. It presents a challenge which should be carefully considered. For this reason, we are more than happy to talk to you without any obligation.
In order for you to gain an authentic impression we would be pleased to invite you to visit us personally at Louisenlund. This would also give us the opportunity to meet you and your child and to assess whether we can fulfil your expectations. A personal meeting is also a chance for you to gain insight into our academic and pedagogical concepts.
Our 3-month probationary period gives new students the opportunity to become familiar with life and learning at Louisenlund.Ulrike Schwarz-Axtmann, Teacher and Admissions
- Telephone contact with the Admissions Office
- Interview appointment
- Years 5 – 8:
- Arrange a trial week with subsequent reflection and feedback
- Acceptance and 3-month probationary period
Our recording team is at your disposal for any questions - please do not hesitate to contact us.
As a private school and non-profit foundation, the budget is financed mainly by parental contributions. The parental contribution is determined by the board of directors as the annual rate for one school year.
You can find the exact list of costs for your child's visit to Louisenlund boarding school here:
|once a month||half-yearly||annually|
|Class 5-12||3,315 €||19,890 €||39,780 €|
|IB Diploma||3,500 €||21,000 €||42,000 €|
|tuition costs included therein||170 €||680 €||2,040 €|