Federal President Gauck presents “Starke Schule” award

The names of Germany’s “strongest schools” are now public: Federal President Gauck honored the winners of the “Starke Schule” (Strong School) competition in Berlin on June 5, 2013. The outstanding concepts of these schools prevailed over those of nearly 700 competitors nationwide.

Winners of

Ceremony in Berlin: the competition’s 12 winners 

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1st place: Mittelschule Wiesentfelser Straße, Munich

The jury praised the commitment of the school's teachers and the dense network to external partners.


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The second place is awarded to Lobdeburgschule in Jena. The school implemented an eminent concept that integrates students, teachers and external partners.

The school Johann-Amos-Comenius in Kassel comes third. Its programme of career guidance convinces the jury.


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special award

The special award "Stark durch Vielfalt" (Strength Through Diversity) is awarded to the schools Anna-Freud in Cologne and Mittelschule Thalmässing Bayern.


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Many educational institutions in Germany do an excellent job of preparing their students for professional life. At the Jewish Museum in Berlin, ten of them were awarded for their exceptionally innovative concepts. In addition to these ten national winners, Federal President Joachim Gauck presented the “Stark durch Vielfalt” (Strength Through Diversity) award to two schools that have implemented “inclusion” in an exemplary way.

The competition, “Strong School: Germany’s Top Schools for Preparing for Vocational Training,” promotes concepts in lower secondary schools and integrated school forms that take a systematic, long-term approach to vocational training. In demand are models that offer school students perspectives and provide individual support.

Last year, nearly 700 schools nationwide participated in Germany’s largest school competition. Of these, 94 were rewarded at the state level for their excellent achievements.

The state and federal government supported “Starke Schule” competition offers a total €210,000 in prize money. The winners are also included in a network that promote them in their further organizational and educational development.

The Deutsche Bank Foundation hosts the competition, which takes places every two years, together with the Hertie Foundation, the Federal Employment Agency and the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (BDA).

“What I liked in particular was the result: Strong schools work not toward school completion but toward the beginning of professional life.”

Joachim Gauck Federal President

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699 schools

from 16 states participate

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