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Our Identity

The Nelson Mandela School is an international bilingual state school for students from grade 1 to 13. Students can graduate with either the bilingual Abitur or the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma. They can also obtain all Berlin school-leaving qualifications (BBR and EBBR and MSA – middle school certificate) and language certificates in two levels.

We have a story. We named our school after Nelson Mandela because his life serves as a guide for mutual respect among all members of our school community and as a base of all social interaction. What started as a bilingual school has become an international community with families from all parts of the world.

For all of us –- students, teachers, social pedagogues, educators, all who work for the school and parents – the name Nelson Mandela has evolved into a symbol of internationality, democracy, tolerance, openness, critical thinking, and social responsibility.

Our school is diverse. We promote friendly, positive, and creative interactions and welcome the many backgrounds and perspectives our school brings together. We support and appreciate everyone’s unique qualities.

Tolerance and respect are foundations of our school. These values are supported and continually expanded by democratic structures and processes.

Our school is a place for lifelong learners. All members of our community contribute to the variety of learning mirrored in all curricular and extracurricular activities. As part of our school program, we develop objectives and standards, which are continuously discussed, evaluated, and reviewed to adapt to our ever-changing needs.

In keeping with Nelson Mandela School goals, this identity statement is based on contributions from all members of the school community.

Confirmed by GK12/17, SV, 2/18, GEV, 6/18, SK 10/18.

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School programme

School programme 2020




 As teachers at the Nelson Mandela School, we want to share this video showing our solidarity with all women in the world whose rights are not respected.




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07.12.2022 Nelson-Mandela-Schule · Staatliche Internationale Schule Berlin | Nelson Mandela School · State International School Berlin