Jean Sturm Gymnasium

The Gymnase Jean-Sturm.
Main entrance
John Calvin's pulpit, kept in the school's premises
Medieval walls in the cellar

The Jean Sturm Gymnasium is a private Protestant school in Strasbourg, teaching children from the third year of secondary education through to the Baccalaureat.

The school, which was the precursor of the University of Strasbourg, was founded in 1538 by the humanist Jean Sturm, just a year after he had arrived in the city. In March 1538, the chief town councillor of Strasbourg, the unrelated Jacob Sturm von Sturmeck, asked Sturm to reorganize education in the city. [1] In March 1538 Jean Sturm published his treatise 'De literarum ludis recte aperiendis liber' to justify the creation of a unique school in Strasbourg. [2]

The Chapter of St Thomas Church in Strasbourg was also involved in the creation of the school. Jean Sturm was the first rector of the school. One of the members of the Chapter of St Thomas, Church of Augsburg Confession of Alsace and Lorraine, is still responsible for ensuring that the religious instruction in the school is given according to the proper Protestant doctrine. The medium of instruction for many years was uniquely in Latin. The school was set up in its present location, which at the time was part of the Dominican Convent where Meister Eckhart and Joannes Tauler once taught. The original name was Schola Argentoratensis, from Argentoratum, the former Latin name of Strasbourg. From the outset the school offered teaching in the new humanist tradition. [3] It provided the model for the modern German gymnasium.

In 2005 the school was merged with the Lucie-Berger school, under the name 'Pôle éducatif Jan-Amos-Comenius', enabling the school to extend the age-range of its teaching to cover kindergarten through to the Baccalaureat and making it the largest private Protestant educational institution in France.

Today the school, which has some 2,000 pupils, boasts a 100% success rate in the Baccaleureat. [4]

External links


  1. "Detailed biography of Jean Sturm in the Virtual Museum of Protestantism". Virtual Museum of Protestantism. Retrieved 2015-06-26.
  2. "Le projet pédagogique de Jean Sturm (1507-1589) : originalité et actualité". Revue d'histoire et de philosophie religieuses. 2007. Retrieved 2013-10-06.
  3. "Jean Sturm, quand l'humanisme fait école". Bibliothèque nationale universitaire de Strasbourg. 2007. Retrieved 2013-10-06.
  4. "Le Gymnase Jean-Sturm, 475 ans demain". Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace. 2013-03-21. Retrieved 2013-10-06.

Coordinates: 48°35′02″N 7°44′54″E / 48.5838°N 7.7482°E / 48.5838; 7.7482

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