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These schools are nominated for the German School Award 2023

Who will win this year's German School Award? 15 schools are in the final of the competition and will travel to Berlin for the award ceremony with Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Robert Bosch Stiftung
Vera Loitzsch
June 20, 2023

The jury of the German School Award has selected the finalists of this year's competition:  15 schools from across Germany and a delegation of students and teachers will take part in the award ceremony with German 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. A 41-member jury from education studies, teaching practice and education administration 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. In the end, the jury nominated 15 schools for the final round of the German School Award 2023.

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 nominated schools

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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