German School Award 2024

These schools are doing well

20 schools are hoping to win the German School Award 2024. They were selected by a jury of experts from over 80 applications and have made it to the second round of the competition. Read who the TOP 20 schools are.

Michael Herm
Patricia Haas
March 25, 2024

Teacher shortages, learning deficits, sluggish digitalization - there are plenty of construction sites in the German school system. Despite the difficult conditions, many schools provide excellent education. 20 of these schools from all over Germany are now hoping to win the German School Award 2024. They were selected by an expert jury from more than 80 applicants and have made it to the second round of the competition. 

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. The competition focuses on the quality of teaching and the question of how schools can best shape teaching and learning for their pupils.


Over the coming weeks, teams of judges will assess the top 20 schools. The jury of around 50 people consists of educational scientists and experts from school practice and education administration. They conduct interviews with teachers, pupils, parents and extracurricular partners and visit teaching units and projects. Once the school visits are complete, the selection committee will nominate up to 15 schools for the German School Award 2024 at the end of June.

The shortlisted schools will be invited to an award ceremony with Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz on October 2, 2024 in Berlin, where the coveted prizes will finally be awarded. The main award is endowed with 100,000 euros, the five other prizes with 30,000 euros each. All of the nominated schools who miss out on the main prizes will still receive a 5,000 euro recognition award.

German School Award 2024: These are the TOP20 schools


  • Friedrich-Schiller-Gemeinschaftsschule, 69502 Hemsbach, Baden-Württemberg 
  • Maria-Ward-Realschule, 86529 Schrobenhausen, Bayerm  
  • Staatliche Realschule Hilpoltstein, 91161 Hilpoltstein, Bayern
  • Friedenauer Gemeinschaftsschule, 12157 Berlin 
  • Wilhelm-von-Humboldt-Gemeinschaftsschule, 10439 Berlin 
  • Grundschule Kirchdorf, 21109 Hamburg 
  • Schule Lämmersieth, 22305 Hamburg
  • Arnold Bode Schule, 34117 Kassel, Hessen 
  • Dr.-Georg-August-Zinn-Schule, 34281 Gudensberg, Hessen 
  • Ostsee-Schule Wismar, 23968 Wismar, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
  • Glocksee Schule, 30519 Hannover, Niedersachsen 
  • Berufsbildenden Schulen I Lüneburg, 21337 Lüneburg, Niedersachsen 
  • Joseph-DuMont-Berufskolleg, 50739 Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen
  • Siebengebirgsschule, 53177 Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen
  • St.-Pius-Gymnasium in 48653 Coesfeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen
  • Thomas-Morus-Gymnasium, 59302 Oelde, Nordrhein-Westfalen
  • Geschwister-Scholl-Schule, Grundschule der Stadt Leipzig, 04155 Leipzig, Sachsen 
  • Thomas-Müntzer-Grundschule, 04435 Schkeuditz, Sachsen
German School Portal

Learn more about the TOP 20 schools


Read the short portraits of the TOP 20 schools on the German School Portal. 

The concepts of the nominated schools are presented on the German School Portal online platform and made accessible to all schools via training courses and publications. A cycle in which good school practice is reinforced and disseminated.

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