Round Square

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Round Square
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Round Square is an association of about 180 schools in 50 countries around the world that organises student conferences and exchanges between member schools.


The concept of Round Square was conceived in 1966 based on the educational ideology of Kurt Hahn, who founded two of its original member schools, Schule Schloss Salem in Germany,[1] with Prince Max of Baden, and Gordonstoun in Scotland.[2]

In 1966, King Constantine of the Hellenes, a former pupil of Anavryta (later a founding Round Square Member School), chaired a meeting of the heads of seven schools and proposed[3] the creation of an international association of schools based on Kurt Hahn's method of teaching. The association was later named after the Round Square building at Gordonstoun, where the first conference took place in 1967.[4][unreliable source?]



Round Square International Conferences at national, regional, and global levels are held annually for students. Each conference has a theme based on the ideals of Round Square and typically consists of a combination of guest speakers, group discussions, cultural visits, community service and adventure activities.

Each Round Square school brings a delegation of up to six students to an International Conference. In the past few years, conferences have been held in Thailand, South Africa, England, and India.


Round Square schools encourage students to take part in a range of community service[clarification needed] activities both locally and internationally. Many projects are run through the school and further opportunities are available via the Round Square Region, Network and Worldwide Organisation.


A key feature of the Round Square experience is the exchange of students and academic staff between member schools. Teacher exchanges may last for one academic year and student exchanges vary but are usually one or two terms or semesters in duration. Each Round Square school sets its own terms and conditions for exchange and provides its own requirements, information, and advice. Round Square schools wishing to arrange an exchange are able to find a partner by using online tools provided by Round Square.

Member schools[edit]