About Us –
The Offene Schule Waldau’s Pedagogical Concept in Brief


The Offene Schule Waldau or OSW (Waldau Open School) is an integrated, comprehensive secondary school. An all-day school, it opens its doors to students at 7:30 a.m. From then until 8:45 a.m. when the first class period begins, the children may gather during the “open beginning,” work on assignments, play or simply “get settled” and converse amongst themselves. Starting in 7th grade, the students’ schedules are expanded to include elective courses, so that, in part, classes in higher grades commence as early as 8:00 a.m. From 8:45 a.m. until 12:15 p.m., there are four class periods divided by a half-hour-long breakfast break. We forgo the use of a bell between periods and to announce the beginnings of breaks. We also allow the children and adolescents to decide where and how they would like to spend their breaks. After an hour-long lunch break, during which students are provided the opportunity to eat and participate in free-time activities, there are two more class periods, which last until 2:35 p.m. At this time, the compulsory classes are over. From 3:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m., elective classes are offered.