This is a question often posed by parents and students alike. 


Luckily we have a short animation created and narrated by our own Christian D.IB 12. which does more than just answer the question.

The MUN group which meets on Thursdays are currently busy organising our own NELMUN conference . Our student officies Emily, Lena & Mina Q1. are making arrangements to ensure the conference runs smoothly . These officers are assisted by  Kim Leanne Q1, Yessie & Estella  IB 3 & 1B 12  who are preparing research reports  as well as  Lia  & Suvi Grade 10.

Wir waren gestern bei der Veranstaltung Schwimmen Rund um Scharfenberg bei sonnigem Wetter mit nur zufriedenen Schüler*innen.

Der Weg dorthin ist ein kleines Abenteuer, die Veranstaltung prima geplant und die Kids und die wir Begleiter*innen Herr Fraikin, Mr Brodsky und Frau Lentz sind sehr stolz!


Dear Parents,
We were at the Schwimmen Rund um Scharfenberg event yesterday in sunny weather with only happy students.
The way there is a little adventure, the event is well planned and the kids and the attendants Mr Fraikin, Mr Brodsky and Ms Lentz are very proud!



Due to rising rates of COVID & regulation changes, the Festival of Nations is being brought forward one week to September 11th.

Die Website hat diese Bilder aus dem Grundkurs Surfen erhalten.


The website received these pictures from the basic surfing course. 


Dankbar und optimistisch. Glücklich und motiviert. Erschöpft und hoffnungsvoll. Mutig und enthusiastisch. Zufrieden und wissbegierig – das alles sind Worte, die uns am Ende unseres fünftägigen Seminars zur Demokratiebildung an Schulen in den Sinn kamen. Wir, das sind 13 Schüler*innen aus allen vier 10. Klassen der NMS, die das Privileg hatten, ein intensives und professionelles Training zum erfolgreichen Umsetzen unserer Ideen für eine bessere Schule von den NMS Friends finanziert zu bekommen.

Anti-discrimination / anti-racism advice center

Sophia Calligaro and Given Rapholo

The “Safe Room” pilot project will be established in the NMS Community from August 2021. The advisory team members are currently Sophia Calligaro (SozPäd) and Given Rapholo (teacher).



 The project is aimed at all students, teachers and parents in the NMS community. This project was developed in collaboration with the Diversity Group (parents), the DTF (students) and NMS teachers. It is a pilot project to set up a permanent body on the subject.

The project will be evaluated with students and teachers at the end of June 2022.

Y7, Y8 and Y10 Elective Courses will have to be chosen from August 17 to August 21

NMS offers a broad range of Elective Courses for all students from Y7, A8 and Y10. The courses will take place on Tuesday from 2.15 to 3.50 pm unless scheduled on other days. All students will participate in at least one elective course. The attendance is mandatory. At the end of the semester, the students will receive a feedback certificate. Students can register with their NMS email address here: 

This year NMS once again scored higher than the Berlin average grades for Abitur exams. NMS students scored an excellent 1.68 against an average of 2.3. This is despite all the very challenging conditions.

The IB International Baccalauriat grades have now been published and show that NMS has also achieved excellent results not just in the Abitur but in the IB. Average points were 33 in 2021 and one student achieved a grade of 45 points as opposed to 42 in 2020, this is the top possible grade for IB. Results are here for 2021 and here for 2020.

Welcome to NMS

Nelson Mandela School is a diverse and inclusive international bilingual state school, teaching from grade 1 to 13. Students in the final year can graduate with either the bilingual Abitur or the International Baccalaureate (IB).
NMS is among the Berlin schools which regularly achieve top average Abitur grades. 

Greeting from the Principal Dr. Bauer 

Christmas and New Year 2021 video from Principal Dr Bauer with a performance of music and an address

NMS Friends membership

NMS families are each asked to contribute at least 10EUR/month through the Friends to support trips, libraries, training and more!

Let's keep building NMS together

Any questions?

Here is the contact list.

School offices:

  • Pfalzburger Straße 23 (P23), Flex-6
  • Pfalzburger Straße 30 (P30), 7-10
  • Pfalzburger Straße 30 (P30), 11-13


NMS Friends left side website 


2019 Silver esafety label

climate clock2

Climate clock: We must #ACTINTIME

25.09.2022 Nelson-Mandela-Schule · Staatliche Internationale Schule Berlin | Nelson Mandela School · State International School Berlin