Sorø Akademi may be one of Denmark’s oldest boarding schools but its history is not one of dusty dogmas, but rather a will to renew, challenge and explore. Situated on the grounds of an old monastery, the upper secondary school, which today takes both day and boarding students, comprises not just a historic on-campus environment but also a world-class natural science centre. Already at its foundation in 1586, Sorø Akademi broke with the norms of its time by allowing commoners to study alongside noblemen.