With a total of 24 schools, Brandenburg an der Havel offers a wide range of options on the primary and secondary level of education. The twelve primary schools include a Montessori school, a day school and two private schools. Children’s education is furthered in four secondary schools and three gymnasiums prepare students to enter a university for advanced academic study. Students also may complete their Hauptschulabschluss at three special schools in Brandenburg an der Havel. School forms are varied in Germany and in Brandenburg an der Havel you find many. An overview of all schools can be found on the city’s website in German.
Music touches our hearts and souls. The art of music is taught in two music schools in Brandenburg an der Havel: the Freie Musikschule and the local music school Vicco von Bülow. Beginners as well as advanced players of all ages give flight to their imagination by learning an instrument such as guitar, bass, piano, drums, or violin. Or they take singing lessons – by themselves or in the choir. The singer Katharina Burges also offers individual vocal coaching and voice development in her studio.
An art gallery for children and young adults “Sonnensegel” and the “Wredow Art School” provide space for imagination and guidance in search of paths leading to individual artistic expression. With their respective offerings in the fields of drawing, painting, graphic design, sculpture, ceramics, design, new media, literature, circus, and theatre, both institutions are established art schools of the state of Brandenburg.
Sonnensegel resides in the oldest school building of the city of Brandenburg. Things get lively in the quiet timber framed house on Gotthardtkirchplatz, where children and adolescents take part in their weekly courses, visit exhibitions, readings and much more.
The Wredow-Kunstschule is part of the Foundation Wredow’sche Zeichenschule and offers a variety of options from basic courses up to intensive courses and also has a portfolio course in its program. Lessons for children from the age of six, adolescents and adults, take place in small groups – both at Wredowplatz in the district Ring and in the arthaus in Plaue.
Sewing courses, children’s gymnastics, language courses, writing clubs, thematic groups and computer courses are only a fraction of the wide range of courses offered by the public education centre Volkshochschule at Wredowplatz. The “VHS Foto Club94”, which has been in existence for over 25 years, has even become a local legend. Members meet for club evenings, learn from and with each other, discuss their photos and plan exhibitions together.
The public library, Fouqué-Bibliothek, has branches in the districts of Altstadt, Nord and Hohenstücken. It has a collection of over 1,000,000 sources to choose from, including materials in foreign-languages, magazines, games, DVDs and e-books. The Library of the Brandenburg University of Technology offers specialist literature for students and employees of the THB as well as students from other universities and employees of scientific institutions. Bibliothek des Brandenburgischen Oberlandesgerichts is the library of the Brandenburg Higher Regional Court. It offers legal literature and is open to the general public.