Räpina School of Horticulture was founded in 1924. The school, located 30 km east of the county center Põlva, is the oldest and also the biggest vocational school teaching horticultural subjects in Estonia. There are about 670 students studying in the school, 78 % of them are adult learners. The school manages approximately 8 hectares of parks, 6 hectares of gardens and fields and a modern greenhouse. In the park grow more than 300 different tree and shrub species. The staff consists of 55 full time teachers and 55 employees in the boarding school, in the training nursery and in the maintenance department.
The school offers vocational qualification in fields of horticulture, landscape gardening and construction, floristry, environment protection and textile work. Our school offers secondary and upper secondary level vocational education for full-time students and upper secondary education for distance-learners. The school offers also non-formal study, 2014 year we gave out 738 certificates to adult learners.
The school has international experiences through Leonardo da Vinci program since 2010, now it continues with Erasmus + Program. Our students have an opportunity to attend their traineeship in Latvia, Finland, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Norway and Great Britain. Since 2010 Räpina School of Horticulture is a full member of the FLORNET transnational network.
Since 2005, the school is a member in EUROPEA. EUROPEA is an international network of more than 1,000 rural schools, ministries and umbrella organizations in 25 European countries, providing education and training in the green sector. The school belongs also to “Arbeitsgemeinschaft Europäischer Gartenbaulehrerinnen und Gartenbaulehrer”.