The Vocational School Waldkirch –
das Berufliche Schulzentrum Waldkirch

[auf Deutsch]

Principal: H.Kleinböck (OstD)
Vice-principal: H.Blank (StD)

In the current school year about 650 full-time and 150 part-time students of the districts Emmendingen, Hochschwarzwald and Ortenau and the city Freiburg attend the BSZ Waldkirch (Vocational School Waldkirch). The 800 teenagers and young adults in 39 classes in 13 different school types are taught by 65 teachers. Our pedagogical motto is “learning for life”. It is warranted by the wide range of our school forms, which have an either economical, technical or social-pedagogical concentration. Our school has modern and substantial equipment in classrooms where theoretical and practical courses are taught. These modern and spacious facilities plus our motivated teachers provides a learning environment which is target-oriented and pleasant.

Foto Hr. Kleinböck


Our school types:

Wirtschaftsgymnasium / Sozialwissenschaftliches Gymnasium
Our school has two different types of 3-year University Prep High Schools: the Sozialwissenschaftliches Gymnasium, a University Prep High School with a concentration in social sciences, and the Wirtschaftsgymnasium, a University Prep High School with a focus on business. Both high school forms are aimed at students who are highly motivated and who received good grades in the middle school and it is also aimed at students who come from the general University prep high school (Gymnasium). The only difference between these two high school forms is that students in the Sozialwissenschaftliches Gymnasium major in pedagogy and psychology and students in the Wirtschaftsgymnasium major in economics. The other subjects are the same in both school forms and they are the same subjects with the same content as in the general University prep high school (Gymnasium). After three years of schooling, the general German university entrance qualification (German Abitur) is acquired. Thus, at our WG and SG high schools students are welcome who are ambitious and who want to get the A-levels in three-years.
The 2-year Wirschaftsoberschule, another type of business high school, also leads to the general German university entrance qualification (German Abitur). This school form is for people that have already completed a commercial apprenticeship (all types of commercial apprenticeships). Additionally many students who have completed the Berufskolleg II, which is a school form where students acquire the Fachhochschulreife (entrance qualification for a university of applied sciences), can “upgrade” their degree to the general German university entrance qualification (Abitur).

[Wirtschaftsgymnasium][Sozialwissenschaftliches Gymnasium] [Wirtschaftsoberschule]

If you have a General Certificate of Secondary Education (“Mittlere Reife”) you can go to one of the different types of Berufskolleg. After two years students acquire an entrance qualification for a university of applied sciences (Fachhochschulreife) and the German state assistant title such as the Assistant for Technical Sciences. Students can either start an attractive apprenticeship, attend a university of applied sciences or they can decide to go to the 2-year Wirtschaftsoberschule to get the general German university entrance qualification (German Abitur). A lot of companies have the BK-degree as a pre-requisite for a so-called dual vocational training. The Berufskolleg offers the possibility to get different degrees either after one year (job preparation), after two years (Fachhochschulereife) or after the following attendance of the Wirschaftsoberschule (Abitur).

[Kaufmännisches BK] [Technisches BK] [BK Wirtschaftsinformatik]

At the technical schools students have for example the possibility to get the General Certificate of Secondary Education (“Mittlere Reife”) at the Wirtschaftsschule. With this qualification you can either do an apprenticeship or continue going to school to get a higher degree. In this school form students acquire practical skills and knowledge. Students who attend the technical school with a focus on metal processing (Berufsfachschule Metall) are in high demand at companies which offer apprenticeships. Often these students can start directly in the second year of their apprenticeship.

[Wirtschaftsschule] [Berufsfachschule Metall ]


The so-called occupational entrance year (Berufseinstiegsjahr) offers secondary students from the Hauptschule (general-education secondary school level I, years 5-9) the chance to make a career choice in theory and practice. Three days a week, these students are taught in school and on the other two days they are practically taught in companies. This enhances their chances to get an apprenticeship and step-by-step they are lead to change to a dual vocational training.

We conduct the so-called vocational training year (Berufsvorbereitungsjahr) in cooperation with the Elztalschule in Bleibach. The tenth school year deepens their general education, gives an insight to different occupational areas and it gives the opportunity to attain a certificate of secondary education.


]Occupational Part-Time School
The occupational part-time school is attended by people who are doing an apprenticeship. The following types of apprentices attend our school:

  • shop assistants
  • retail shop assistants
  • clerks
  • industrial clerk 


State-of-the-art equipment

After intensive renovations and extensions over the last three years we now have pleasant and modern classrooms and specially equipped rooms such as our metal workshop. In October 2003 and November 2006 three business training firms were able to start off with special funding from the program “Zukunftsoffensive III – Förderung der beruflichen Bildung”. By the end of their schooling students will have worked in all of the different departments of their business training company. The business training companies simulate practically all of the commercial activities of a real firm for training and employability purposes. Three companies from the region support us in selling their products virtually. They help us in the simulation of commercial processes. The motto is “learning by doing”.

New Media:
We offer the students a network of about 220 computers with state-of-the-art and high-quality software in the areas of technology, communication and business. There are ten differently designed data processing rooms. Here you can find modern learning stations where students can develop team work skills. Also students learn to work by themselves in preparation for the demands of office work. During free periods or breaks students also have the possibility to work on computers in the school lounge area.

Solid craftsmanship

In our metal workshop practically talented young people have the opportunity to professionalize their craft skills with metal processing modern machinery.
Students create their first metal projects on lathes, drilling and milling machines (including CNC-controlled ones), which qualifies them for their professional future. They also have the possibility to practice for their professional career in the area of food preparation. In addition to that, students have the opportunity to prepare themselves for careers in food preparation in our school kitchen.

Where do you go from here? Youth job counseling at the BSZ Waldkirch

Support and new challenges
Every year about 60 students at the BSZ Waldkirch start a year of orientation for their future job and adult life. Most of the time they start with new hopes, plans and ideas and a lot of good resolutions: “From now on everything will be better!” When asked what is supposed to change and how to go about it, most of the young people say: improving grades, changing my behavior and finding an apprenticeship position.
As a youth job counselor it is Mrs.Schnurr’s job at our school to find out in collaboration with the young people what will be the next useful step in their occupational career: An apprenticeship? Continuing school? An internship? An entrance qualification year (EQJ)? Vocational preparation courses?
Concrete start-up help is provided in a team effort by building trust in one-on-one coaching, talks with parents and conflict management talks.

Current version translated by Mr.Kersten and the class SG12 in the school year 2013/2014