Our Story

Black Forest Academy (BFA) was founded in 1956 by TeachBeyond, formerly Janz Team Ministries. It is an international Christian school providing an English language education to the children of international Christian workers and international business families for Years 5-12. We empower international Christian workers to remain and thrive on the field by ensuring their children can get a quality Christian education.

BFA has an enrollment of approximately 280 students, with about 50% of the Year 9-12 students in the residential boarding program.

The Black Forest region encompasses the southwest corner of Germany, with BFA located in the picturesque village of Kandern. The nearest cities to BFA include Basel in Switzerland, Mulhouse in France, and Lörrach and Freiburg in Germany.

Core Values

  • Truth
  • Excellence
  • Learning
  • Community
  • Evangelism
  • Internationalism
  • Stewardship
  • Partnership

Mission Statement

Black Forest Academy exists to provide a quality, international Christian education that equips its students to influence their world through biblical thought, character, and action.

Black Forest Academy seeks to:

  • Develop well-prepared students at an affordable cost that empowers global mission initiatives.
  • Strengthen efforts and retention of international Christian workers abroad.
  • Empower transformational Christian education around the world through partnership.

School Operations

The school is operated by a board of trustees. The administrators, faculty, residence and support staff are international Christian workers assigned to BFA by TeachBeyond and other participating organizations.

Greater Europe Mission
International Mission Board (IMB)
OC International
The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM)
Christian and Missionary Alliance (CMA USA)
Christian and Missionary Alliance (CMA Canada)

Partner Schools

Christliche Schule Kandern

CSK offers bilingual programming for children Grades 1-4. It’s a partnership between BFA and Freie Evangelische Schule of nearby Lörrach, and is Germany’s first Christian bilingual school.
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BFA is a Cambridge International School offering Cambridge’s curriculum in Years 5-10. Students prepare for Cambridge’s IGCSE examinations in Years 9 and 10. BFA is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), the Council of International Schools (CIS), and the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association (MSA). BFA is a member of the Association of German International Schools (AGIS).