Laboratory School Dresden

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Laboratory School Dresden
Logo Laborschule Dresden.svg
School logo
type of school Primary school high school
founding 2004
place Dresden
country Saxony
Country Germany
Coordinates 51 ° 2 '39 "  N , 13 ° 39' 50"  E Coordinates: 51 ° 2 '39 "  N , 13 ° 39' 50"  E
carrier Omse e. V.

The Laborschule Dresden is an independent school sponsored by Omse e. V. in Dresden - Gorbitz . It is a state-approved substitute school for elementary school and state-approved high school. The concept of the school follows a reform pedagogical approach.

The laboratory school in Dresden-Gorbitz


The Dresden Laboratory School has existed since the beginning of the 2004/05 school year. The Omse e. V. (formerly BioTop Kümmelschänke e.V.) was already the operator of several day-care centers in the west of Dresden. As a consequence of working with (aging) children, the idea of ​​setting up a privately owned school arose. Parents and educators worked out a concept that set the framework for educational work and economic implementation. With the building of the former 137th middle school, which the association, including the outdoor area and two gymnasiums, was able to take over on a leasehold, the suitable premises in Dresden-Gorbitz were also found. On August 23, 2004, the first ten students in a first class began teaching.

Pedagogy and everyday school life

The educational work of the Dresden Laboratory School essentially follows the educational reform concept of the Jena Plan by Peter Petersen and its basic principles, which were revised in the 1980s. Teaching is in mixed-age learning groups. The aim is for the students to develop a helper system among themselves and to find different ways of solving tasks with their different experiences. The learning groups are currently assigned to four levels (level I: grades 1 to 3, level II: grades 4 to 6, level III: grades 7 to 9, level IV: grades 10 to 12). The Dresden Laboratory School is an all-day school . In addition to teaching, project work is the most important part of the educational offer. In addition to the basic skills of reading, writing and arithmetic, in addition to the acquisition of knowledge, cognitive and social learning, practical work is also important for the development of adolescents. In the laboratory school, students can try out many things in practice in order to get to know and develop their own skills. In projects and courses, learning can be based on interests.

In a project-oriented manner, the laboratory school does not only work in courses or projects, but in phases or continuously in almost all subjects. Manual work and the acquisition of practical skills are an integral part of pedagogy (the name of the school is derived from laborare , Latin = to work). Pupils should learn to find topics and solutions independently and to practice democratic participation. Following the guiding principle of the sponsoring association, the adolescents should learn to respect their living environment and to think sustainably. The involvement of parents is important for the organization of everyday school life and the existence of the school. This happens, for example, through participation in working groups and interest groups, taking on projects and through work assignments. Petersen's Jena Plan is understood as a development concept, not a rigid dogma. This means that there are and will be conceptual adjustments to social developments and regional peculiarities.


The larger space requirement due to the increasing number of students and the expansion of the grammar school level is to be met with a comprehensive renovation and redesign of the prefabricated building. The Dresden Laboratory School was to become the first school building with passive house standard in Dresden. However, due to a lack of public funding, this project is currently not being pursued any further.

The laboratory school has been gradually renovated since 2012. First the windows and facade were renewed, in summer 2016 the toilet facilities and open study areas in the corridors were also replaced. Fire doors were also installed everywhere. In 2017 an elevator will be inaugurated, which will now also enable people with handicaps to visit the school.

Together with other institutions in Dresden-Gorbitz, the “Sun and Wind” foundation was established to equip all roofs in the prefabricated building area with photovoltaic systems.


320 students study in the Dresden Laboratory School. There are currently over 40 educators working at the school. It is a recognized location for interns on a pedagogical course. In addition to state subsidies, the school is financed through income from donations and school fees from parents. The school is run by a headmaster, who is supported by level coordinators and the after-school care center.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Basis: Law on Independent Schools (SächsFrTrSchulG) in the version of August 1, 2007 ( memento of the original of April 2, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. . @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. ^ Sächsische Zeitung of June 10, 2009
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