Press Release

15 schools in finals of 2023 German School Award

  • Award ceremony with Federal President Steinmeier on October 12, 2023

Stuttgart/Berlin, June 20, 2023 – Fifteen schools from across Germany have made it to the final round of the 2023 German School Award. A 41-member jury from education studies, teaching practice and education administration selected the schools for the final round of the prestigious competition. The schools come from Baden-Wuerttemberg (2), Bavaria (2), Berlin (1), Brandenburg (2), Hamburg (2), North Rhine-Westphalia (4), Rhineland-Palatinate (1) and Schleswig-Holstein (1). Through the German School Award, the Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH and the Heidehof Stiftung GmbH, in cooperation with German broadcaster ARD and ZEIT Publishing Group, honor Germany’s best schools each year.

The nominated schools and a delegation of students and teachers will take part in the award ceremony with Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on October 12, 2023, in Berlin, where the winners of the coveted prizes will be announced. The top prize is valued at 100,000 euros and the five other prizes at 30,000 euros each. All nominated schools that do not receive an award will be recognized with a prize of 5,000 euros. 

The competition focuses on the quality of teaching and how schools can best shape teaching and learning for their students. All those nominated have undergone a rigorous application process over the last few months. The jury experts initially selected 20 schools from 85 applications. Teams of juries visited and evaluated these schools in May and June, nominating 15 for the final round of the German School Award.

The award ceremony with Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and other guests, including ARD Chairman Kai Gniffke and ZEIT Publishing Group CEO Rainer Esser, will be broadcast live.

The nominees (sorted by state)
Name of school/ city/ postal code/ state

  • Hermann-Brommer-Schule, Merdingen, 79291, Baden-Wuerttemberg
  • Sebastian-Ott-Schule, Sigmaringen, 72488, Baden-Wuerttemberg
  • Grundschule Jettingen-Scheppach, 89343, Bavaria
  • Mittelschule Erlangen Eichendorffschule, Erlangen, 91058, Bavaria
  • Rothenburg-Grundschule, 12165, Berlin
  • Evangelische Grundschule Babelsberg, Potsdam, 14482, Brandenburg
  • Johann Heinrich August Duncker Oberschule, Rathenow, 14712, Brandenburg
  • Berufliche Schule ITECH Elbinsel Wilhelmsburg, 21109, Hamburg
  • Heinrich-Hertz-Schule, 22303, Hamburg
  • Erich-Gutenberg-Berufskolleg, Köln, 51065, North Rhine-Westphalia 
  • Franziskus-Schule, Erkelenz, 41812, North Rhine-Westphalia 
  • Grundschule am Dichterviertel, Mülheim an der Ruhr, 45468, North Rhine-Westphalia 
  • Nelson-Mandela-Gesamtschule, Bergisch Gladbach, 51469, North Rhine-Westphalia 
  • Raiffeisen-Campus, Dernbach, 56428, Rhineland-Palatinate
  • Grundschule Op de Host, Horst, 25358, Schleswig-Holstein

The German School Award

The Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH and the Heidehof Stiftung have given the German School Award since 2006. It is the most prestigious, stringent and highly endowed award for good schools in Germany. Cooperation partners are ARD and ZEIT Publishing Group. 

Since the program began, around 2,500 schools have applied for the award. In selecting the winners, the jury evaluates six quality areas: teaching quality; performance; dealing with diversity; responsibility; school climate, school life and external partners; and school as a learning institution. These characteristics are now generally recognized as hallmarks of good-quality schools.

The concepts of the award-winning schools are evaluated, prepared for publication and made available to all schools via training courses, publications and online on the German School Portal. This helps to broadly reinforce and advance good school practices.

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Robert Bosch Stiftung
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