The Liechtensteinisches Gymnasium (English: Liechtenstein Secondary School) is a secondary school located in Vaduz, Liechtenstein. It was founded in 1937 as "Collegium Marianum" by the Maristen-Schulbrüder as a private school. Since 1981, the Liechtensteinisches Gymnasium has been a public school run by the state of Liechtenstein.
|School type||Public Gymnasium|
|Number of students||more than 740|
The number of pupils has been increasing since the mid-1980s, especially since girls were admitted in the mid-1960s, and is now over 700.
The Unterstufe (lower grades) of the Liechtensteinisches Gymnasium comprises three grades called US1, US2 and US3. There are three ways to enter the Liechensteinisches Gymnasium from the Realschule, a secondary school offering a less theoretical education. One can either enter after the first grade of the Realschule into the second grade of the Liechensteinisches Gymnasium (US2), the third grade of the Realschile into the fourth grade of the Liechensteinisches Gymnasium (OS1), or the fourth grade of the Realschule into the fourth grade of the Liechensteinisches Gymnasium (OS1).
All students study the same subjects in each grade. Starting in US1, students study Religious Education, Geography and History, German, Science, Informatics, Technics and Needlework, Art, Music, Physical Education, and Mathematics. Starting in US2, students start studying English and French. In US3, Latin is also added to the curriculum. In addition, there is one "class lesson" (Lebenskunde) per week.
There are no exemptions from certain classes for students from the subjects mentioned above. Students may, however, choose additional subjects to study in addition if they like.
The Oberstufe (upper grades) of the Liechtensteinisches Gymnasium comprises four grades called OS1, OS2, OS3 and OS4. In the Oberstufe, the pupils must choose one out of five education tracks:
- Modern languages
- Art, Music, and Pedagogy
- Economics and Law
- Mathematics and Science
During a school day, students take a number of base subjects in addition to several classes that come from the educational track they chose. Basic subjects include English, German, French, mathematics, physics, and physical education. In OS3 and OS4, students additionally chose elective courses that further enhance their specialisation.
The courses in several subjects are only taught in some of the grades:
- OS1: Biology, Economics and Law, history, Art, Music, Religious Education and Ethics
- OS2: Biology, Chemistry, Geography, History, Art or Music, Religious Education and Ethics
- OS3: Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Art or Music, Philosophy
- OS4: Geography, Economics and Law, History, Religious Education and Ethics, Philosophy
In order to meet the requirements for the Matura (graduation exam admission), a student must have successfully completed OS4 and received a "sufficient" mark in two dissertations. Written examinations are held in German, English or French, Mathematics, and a subject related to the student's specialisation. Oral examinations are held in German, Philosophy, Religious Education, Ethics or History, Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Geography or Economics and Law, English, French, Italian, Spanish or Latin, and a subject chosen by the student.