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Who We Are

Franziskus Gymnasium Nonnenwerth (FGN) is a private school recognized by the state. The school and the convent of the Franciscan nuns are located on the island of Nonnenwerth in the Rhine river, which has been populated since 1126. A ferry operates from both sides of the Rhine to reach the school. This exceptional location, both spacious and secluded, favors a very special learning atmosphere and school community.

Our graduating classes regularly achieve an Abitur grade average of 2.2. This means that our students routinely outperform the state average in Rhineland-Palatinate, making FGN one of the best schools in the state.

Our school is G8GTS high school. Due to the all-day operation (GTS), pupils have the same scope of instruction as at a G9 school. Regular school days run from 7:50 a.m. to 3:55 p.m..

The school community launched a new new school logo in the summer of 2017.

Since 1854 we have been educating young people and preparing them to make value-based decisions in modern society and to shape the society of tomorrow. Therefore, we attach great importance to effective cooperation. Violence has no place in our school. We want an atmosphere of mutual respect and are working to come as close as possible to this ideal.

The pedagogical concept of our all-day school is based on the assumption that the learning process essentially takes place at school and that homework can be omitted. The learning times, as well as individuals supporting and differentiating practice and consolidation phases, are already integrated into the lessons, which for this reason comprise 55 minutes. The structure of the lessons and the daily routine is of great concern to us. Accordingly the school day of our students consists not only of lessons but also of lunch together in the school’s canteen and participation in one of our more than 40 study groups. School thus becomes a living space in which not only cognitive but also sporting and creative abilities of every student are challenged and promoted.

Our students start in Grade 5 with Latin or English as their first foreign language. The bilingual class will receive an additional lesson, first in English and then in the Social Science subjects. In this way, the pupils in the bilingual branch are gradually led to a high level of foreign language and intercultural competence, so that at the end of their school career at Franziskus Gymnasium they are almost bilingual. Many of them take part in the preparatory course for the Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (C1), a demanding, internationally recognized examination.

After the decision on the 2. Foreign language in grade 6 our students define their academic profile by choosing elective subjects in Grade 8. Keep up the good work! You can either choose a 3. foreign language, natural sciences or economics. Especially for the latter subject, the FGN is considered a pioneer in Rhineland-Palatinate: in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences Remagen, the business groups attend lectures in business administration, gain insight into economic processes and operate student companies with which they have already celebrated successes at state and national level. In recent years, some groups of students have had very successful startups; in one case, a patent was even successfully applied for.

Since the school year 2007/08, the FGN has been a MINT-EC certified school. MINT-EC has camps lasting several days, which are organized in cooperation between renowned research institutions and MINT-EC schools.  Here, interested pupils can immerse themselves in subjects from the fields of mathematics, information technology, natural sciences and technology together with like-minded people far beyond the normal school level.

Although we are a comparatively small school, we offer a particularly wide range of courses in the upper school. We also set up advanced courses with small numbers of students in almost all subjects: on average, there are only 13 students in the LKs or Students.

Music is traditionally another focus of the FGN. In grades 5 and 6, practical music lessons take place in singing, wind or string groups. There they receive well-founded music lessons in vocal and instrumental areas and learn an instrument. At the end of the two-year music education, the children can continue making music in one of the many music genres (choir, orchestra, preliminary orchestra, support band, big band).

The Rhine Island Big Band creates a great learning atmosphere.

Training in key qualifications areas has a high value at our school. In targeted training modules, learning methods are taught and communication and media skills are trained. A sports/religion week at the beginning of the upper school serves not only as a sporting challenge but also as a personal orientation week. A four-week social internship allows the pupils to identify the needs of fellow human beings in need of help. In this way, they can see that a meaningful existence with an orientation towards the other is possible. Morning prayer, regular services in classes and with the whole school community divide our school year. On a trip to Assisi, our students can follow in the footsteps of Francis. At the “24h-Run”, which takes place every two years, the school community collects large sums of money to support social projects.

The 24-hour run in 2017 raised 32,100€, a new record.

Student meetings and exchanges with schools in the USA, France, Latvia, and Poland as well as a class trip to England deepen the acquisition of foreign languages and help to develop intercultural sensitivity. The acquisition of the French language diploma DELF and the English Cambridge Certificate allows the study at foreign universities.