15 Schools in Final Round of German School Award 2022
Award ceremony with Chancellor Scholz set for September 28, 2022.
Stuttgart, Juli 5, 2022 – 15 schools have made it to the final round of the German School Award 2022. A jury of experts selected the schools for the final of the prestigious competition. They come from Baden-Württemberg (3), Berlin (2), Bremen (1), Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (1), Lower Saxony (1), North Rhine-Westphalia (3), Saarland (1), Saxony-Anhalt (1), Schleswig-Holstein (1) and Singapore (German European School).
The shortlisted schools will be invited to an award ceremony with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin on September 28, 2022, where the coveted prizes will finally be awarded. The main award is worth 100,000 euros, with the other four prizes each worth 30,000 euros.
All of the nominated schools who miss out on the main prizes will still receive a 5,000 euro recognition.
The motto for this year’s competition is “Making teaching better”. All nominated schools have gone through an elaborate application process in recent months. A 50-member-strong jury comprised of educational scientists and administrators, and in-school specialists had initially selected the schools from over 80 applicants. The top 20 schools were visited and assessed by teams of judges in May and June of this year. The selection committee then nominated 15 schools for the final round of the German School Award 2022.
The nominees (sorted by state)
Name of school/ city/ postal code/ state
- Deutsche Europäische Schule Singapur
- Evangelisches Lichtenstern-Gymnasium Sachsenheim, 74343, Baden-Württemberg
- Grund- und Werkrealschule Villingendorf, 78667, Baden-Württemberg
- Montessori Zentrum Angell Freiburg, 79100, Baden- Württemberg
- Havelmüller-Grundschule, 13507, Berlin
- Otto-Nagel-Gymnasium, 12683, Berlin
- Paula-Modersohn-Schule, Bremerhaven, 27572, Bremen
- Regionales Berufliches Bildungszentrum Müritz, Waren, 17192, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
- IGS Buchholz, Buchholz, 21244, Niedersachsen
- Gesamtschule Höhscheid, Solingen, 42657, Nordrhein-Westfalen
- Heinrich-Lübke-Schule, Brilon, 59929, Nordrhein-Westfalen
- Placida-Viel-Berufskolleg, Menden, 58706, Nordrhein-Westfalen
- Ganztagsgrundschule Saarbrücken-Scheidt, 66133, Saarland
- Ganztagsgemeinschaftsschule G. E. Lessing, Salzwedel, 29410, Sachsen-Anhalt
- Gemeinschaftsschule Harksheide, Norderstedt, 22844, Schleswig-Holstein
The German School Award
Celebrating the best schools in the country, the German School Award has been awarded by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH and the Heidehof Foundation since 2006 and is the best-known, most demanding, and highest-value prize in the field. The Award is partnered with the public broadcasting network ARD and the German publishing group die ZEIT.
Around 2,500 different schools have applied for the prize since the program was launched. The winner is decided by the jury, who consider six quality criteria: “quality of instruction”, “academic achievement”, “approach to diversity”, “responsibility”, “school culture, life, and extracurricular partners”, and “school development”. This year, the focus is on the area of “quality of instruction”. These characteristics are now broadly recognized as the hallmarks of a quality school.
The approaches adopted by the award-winning schools are then evaluated and processed before being made available to all schools through training courses, publications, and the online platform “The German School Portal”. This is a cycle for consolidating and sharing good school practice.