March 20, 2017
Boston, MA – German International School Boston (GISB) has been named one of 14 outstanding German schools in the final round for the prestigious German School Prize (Der Deutsche Schulpreis). German Chancellor Angela Merkel will present the awards to the winning schools on May 29, 2017 in a live-broadcast ceremony in Berlin. A delegation of students and faculty will travel from Boston to Berlin to represent GISB.
From more than 80 initial applicants, a jury of experts shortlisted 20 German schools in Germany and abroad. A jury visited each of the 20 shortlisted schools to perform a comprehensive analysis of the following areas: student outcomes/achievement, diversity & inclusion, teaching & learning, student engagement in school governance, whole-school community, and commitment to continuous evaluation and improvement.
The top school will receive a 100,000 euro prize. Five additional schools will receive 25,000 euros each. In addition to the funding, the winning schools join a network of more than 60 innovative schools to share best practices to promote and sustain excellence. Each shortlisted school will be offered individual coaching, invitations to network, and exclusive access to the German School Academy, an independent institution for school development and teacher training to increase the number of excellent schools.
Der Deutsche Schulpreis was launched in 2006 by The Robert Bosch Stiftung and The Heidehof Foundation. The goal of the award is to recognize and reward pedagogic achievement and to encourage excellence and innovation in all German Schools by sharing best practices.
Der Deutsche Schulpreis finalist schools 2017:
- Berufliche Schulen Altötting, 84503 Altötting, Bayern
- Berufsbildende Schulen Osterholz-Scharmbeck, 27711 Osterholz-Scharmbeck, Niedersachsen
- Elisabeth-Selbert-Schule, 31785 Hameln, Niedersachsen
- Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Gymnasium, 49088 Osnabrück, Niedersachsen
- Europaschule Bornheim, 53332 Bornheim, Nordrhein-Westfalen
- Gesamtschule Else Lasker-Schüler, 42107 Wuppertal, Nordrhein-Westfalen
- Grundschule Borchshöhe, 28755 Bremen, Bremen
- Grundschule Schimmeldewog, 69483 Wald-Michelbach/Unterschönmattenwag, Hessen
- Gymnasium Essen Nord-Ost, 45141 Essen, Nordrhein-Westfalen
- Gymnasium Kirchheim, 85551 Kirchheim bei München, Bayern
- SCHKOLA Schulverbund, 02763 Zittau OT Hartau, Sachsen
- Waldparkschule, 69126 Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg
German Schools Abroad:
- Deutsche Schule Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilien
- German International School Boston, Boston, USA
About German International School Boston (GISB)
Founded in 2001, German International School Boston is a bilingual independent school serving students from age 3 to Grade 12. At GISB, children grow from curious explorers into independent learners. Our mission is to empower students for success in a global world. To us, that means teaching the skills and habits that confident, compassionate, creative global citizens will need. GISB looks forward to opening its new Lower Campus in August 2017.
A student who completes our academic program achieves native-level proficiency in German and English, an advanced math and science education, and both a Massachusetts High School Diploma and an International Abitur. We are proud to be one of only five German Schools Abroad in North America that meet the rigorous accreditation requirements of the German government.
For more information or to set up an interview, please contact:
Liz Nofziger, Communications Associate
German International School Boston
57 Holton Street
Boston, MA 02128