The Stiftsschule is under the trusteeship of the Benedictine community of the Engelberg Monastery. Educating young people is one of the core duties. For generations, monks have taught in all subjects at the Gymnasium and the Secondary School, and have helped supervise the boarding students. Today, this guidance continues together with many committed teachers, mainly laypeople from outside the Benedictine community.
The monastic community also bears the financial responsibility for the school. Providing pastoral care in the parish, active in handicrafts and services and on the cultural scene, in agriculture and forest management are further areas in which the monks are active, as are the other staff members of the monastery.
All of this is based on the monastic rules defined by St. Benedict of Nursia (480 - 547), which instruct monks not to neglect other work beside prayer and religious worship.