Colegio Alemán Alexander von Humboldt (Mexico City)

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Colegio Alemán Alexander von Humboldt, A. C. (German: Deutsche Schule Mexiko-Stadt) is a network of German-language schools based in Greater Mexico City.

There are three campuses under a single school board, with each campus acting autonomously.[1] As of 2010, the institution together is the largest German school outside of Germany.[2]


Students at the school, 1903

The school was established in 1894,[3] situated on Canoa Street in Mexico City. By 1900, the number of students was approaching 300,[citation needed] including students from outside the German community.[citation needed]

The school included German, Mexican, and other teachers and was modeled after other German schools abroad. There were multiple divisions, and Division A had facilities tailored for female students.[4]

In 1940, a campus in Tacubaya was opened, and by 1968 the Civil Association "Alexander von Humboldt" is created,[clarification needed] named after the German naturalist and explorer. The institution had incorporated itself into the Mexican Educational System,[when?] so students could obtain either Mexican or German certificates. By 1970, two additional campuses were opened and over 1000 students attended the school.

The association currently has 3 main campuses, and additionally a Kindergarten, and an Elementary School. The unaffiliated Club Alemán de México is used as a cultural and athletic facility by the German community.

In 2014 there was controversy over bullying in the Lomas Verdes campus.[5][6]

Language of classes[edit]

Most subjects are taught in German, and children are required to be bi-lingual, unless they are starting Kindergarten.


Colegio Alemán Alexander von Humboldt (Mexico City) is located in Greater Mexico City
KG Prado Norte
KG Prado Norte
La Noria
La Noria
Pedregal KG
Pedregal KG
North KG-Primary
North KG-Primary
North Sec.
North Sec.
Campuses in Greater Mexico City
North/Lomas Verdes (blue), Poniente/West/La Herradura (green), South/Xochimilco (Yellow)

The following campuses are in Greater Mexico City:

  • Campus Poniente/Campus West (formerly Campus La Herradura): Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle, and High School (or "Abitur" by German standards).
  • Campus Sur/Campus Süd (formerly Campus Xochimilco): Xochimilco, Mexico City: Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle, and High School (or Abitur by German standards).
    • Kindergarten and Primary are in Plantel Tepepan in Colonia Tepepan, and Secondary and Preparatory are in Plantel La Noria in Colonia Huichapan. There is also a Kindergarten in the Plantel Pedregal in Jardines del Pedregal, Álvaro Obregón.[8]
  • Campus Norte/Campus Nord (formerly Campus Lomas Verdes), Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle, and High School

It previously had a campus at 43 Benjamin G. Hill in Hipódromo Condesa, Cuauhtémoc, in what is now a part of Universidad La Salle.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Witte, Annika. Das Deutschlandbild mexikanischer Studierender: Eine empirische Untersuchung. Waxmann Verlag (DE), 2014. ISBN 3830980248, 9783830980247. p. 47. "Insgesamt gibt es fünf deutsche Schulen, von denen sich die Deutsche Schule Mexiko-Stadt bzw. das Colegio Alemán Alexander von Humboldt (inkl. Kindergarten) mit drei Standorten (Campus Lomas Verdes, Campus Xochimilco und Campus La Herradura) auf die Hauptstadt verteilt. Diese drei Schulen arbeiten eigenständig, unter einem gemeinsamen Vorstand."
  2. ^ Pohlsander, Hans A. German Monuments in the Americas: Bonds Across the Atlantic (Volume 33 of New German-American studies/Neue Deutsch-amerikanische Studien, ISSN 1043-5808). Peter Lang, 2010. ISBN 3034301383, 9783034301381. p. 131-132. "Of interest is also that Mexico City is home to the largest German school outside of Germany, the Colegio Aleman Alexander von Humboldt[...]"
  3. ^ "Historia del Colegio"/Geschichte der Schule." Colegio Alemán Alexander von Humboldt. Retrieved on April 4, 2016.
  4. ^ Schiff, Warren. German Interests in Mexico in the Period of Porfirio Díaz. University of California, Berkeley, 1957. p. 191 (View #1, Search page #1, View #2). "The organization of the Colegio Aleman was patterned after that prevailing in other German schools in foreign countries. The school's staff included teachers of German, Mexican and other nationalities.78 On the grammar- and high school levels, Division A, which included special facilities for girls, was at the service of German-[...]""
  5. ^ "Desertan por ‘bullying’ en el Colegio ‘Alexander von Humboldt’ " (Archive). La Vanguardia (Mexico). Sunday July 20, 2014. Retrieved on April 4, 2016.
  6. ^ "Salen de colegio por surfrir bullying" (Archive). El Universal. Sunday July 20, 2014. Retrieved on April 4, 2016.
  7. ^ "Ubicaciones"/"Standorte" (Campus Poniente). Colegio Alemán Alexander von Humboldt. Retrieved on April 4, 2016. "Kindergarten – Primaria – Secundaria - Preparatoria Bosques de Moctezuma 124 Fracc. La Herradura, Huixquilucan 52784 Estado de México" and "PLANTEL LOMAS Kindergarten Prado Norte, – Corporativo Prado Norte 559 Lomas de Chapultepec 11000 México, D.F."
  8. ^ "Ubicaciones"/"Standorte" (South). Colegio Alemán Alexander von Humboldt. Retrieved on April 4, 2016. "PLANTEL TEPEPAN Kindergarten - Primaria Camino Real a Xochitepec 89 Col. Tepepan, Del. Xochimilco 16030 México, D.F." and "PLANTEL LA NORIA Av. México 5501 Col. Huichapan (La Noria), Del. Xochimilco 16030 México D.F." and " PLANTEL PEDREGAL Kindergarten Camino a Santa Teresa 1579 Jardines del Pedregal, Álvaro Obregón 01900 Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal, México"
  9. ^ "Ubicaciones"/"Standorte" (Lomas Verdes). Colegio Alemán Alexander von Humboldt. Retrieved on March 14, 2014. "Plantel Lomas Verdes Kindergarten - Primaria Superavenida Lomas Verdes 520 Alteña II, Lomas Verdes, Naucalpan de Juárez 53120 Estado de México " and "Plantel Lomas Verdes Secundaria - Preparatoria Paseo Alexander von Humboldt 2 III Sección Lomas Verdes, Naucalpan de Juárez 53120 Estado de México"
  10. ^ "Deutscher Bundestag 4. Wahlperiode Drucksache IV/3672" (Archive). Bundestag (West Germany). 23 June 1965. Retrieved on 12 March 2016. p. 26/51. "Deutsche Schule Alexander v. Humboldt Mexico 11 D. F. Benjamin G. Hill. Nr. 43"

Further reading[edit]

  • Wolburg, Allan. "Renuevan el estadio del Colegio Alemán." Diario Reforma, ISSN 1563-7697, 02/20/2013, p. 14
  • García, Norma. "Afecta vialidad minada tránsito al Colegio Alemán." Diario Reforma, ISSN 1563-7697, 10/27/2011, p. 3. "La más grande de las oquedades mide un metro con 9 centímetros de diámetro, y 21 centímetros de profundidad; la segunda más grande mide 80 centímetros de diámetro y 13 de profundidad."
  • Anonymous. "Unen talentos Sinfónica de Minería y Coro del Colegio Alemán." NOTIMEX, 06/21/2012. "[...] Álvarez Ierena, acompañada por el Coro del Colegio Alemán, que celebra su 55 aniversario, ofreció anoche un magno concierto cuyo programa incluyó obras de Johann[...]"

Materials from the school:

  • Entries in the Archivo Histórico, Colegio Alejandro von Humboldt, Mexico City - Jahresbericht 1912 is in Box 2
  • Colegio Alemán Alexander von Humboldt, 1894-1994: Festschrift/Memorias (1994, published by the school in Mexico City) - An interview with Veronica Kugel, "Los años cincuenta", by Blanca Huici, is on pages 21-26
  • Wossidlo, Eckart. Mexiko, von außen und von innen : Blickpunkte eines Lehrers am Colegio Alemán Alexander von Humboldt. Colegio Alemán Alexander von Humboldt, 2004.

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Coordinates: 19°30′52″N 99°15′52″W / 19.51444°N 99.26444°W / 19.51444; -99.26444