Austria

AHS Rahlgasse is a secondary school (www.ahs-rahlgasse.at), situated in the city centre of Vienna. Founded in 1892 it was the first secondary school for girls in Vienna, since 1978/79 the school is open for girls and boys. The specific focus of our school is: general education with a focus on gender equality & diversity, environmental and social issues. The age range or our students is from 10 to 18 years. The total number of students (boys and girls) is about 750 and we are 75 teachers. As a general educational school, we feel obliged to follow a holistic educational approach that combines and develops cognitive, social and musical skills. Cultural diversity is seen as a value-adding resource at our school, which we try to establish and build upon. In addition to our own cultural diversity, we actively encourage an exchange with schools abroad. Development of social skills Reflection on interpersonal communication as well as the respect for the institutions of democracy within and outside of our school is an implicit focus of our educational programs. Every student should be able to understand and question all forms of authority and decision-making as well as their ways of interaction and – if necessary – have the possibility to develop suggestions of change. In Vienna, our school is well known for its open-mindedness and its cooperation with partners, especially universities, science centres but also NGOS.