We are different!

UNESCO-Schule Essen was opened in 1964. It is a so-called “Aufbaugymnasium”, which starts with year seven (instead of year five in regular grammar schools in Germany). In comparison

 to other German schools, UNESCO-Schule Essen is a relatively small school with about 500 students and 50 teachers.

As the school’s name implies, UNESCO-Schule Essen has also been an acknowledged ASPnet (UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network)  school since October 1999.   


Students can enter UNESCO-Schule Essen in different years:

  • Regular classes, year 7: Talented students from secondary modern schools (Hauptschule, Realschule) can change to UNESCO-Schule Essen after year 6.
  • Regular classes, year 11: Talented students with a year-10 diploma can change to UNESCO-Schule Essen in order to get their “Abitur” (equivalent to the British A-level / American SAT exam) after three more years of schooling.

This makes UNESCO-Schule Essen a G9-grammar school, which means that students can get the “Abitur” after 13 years of schooling, instead of getting it after 12 years (i.e. G8, offered in most other German grammar schools). This gives students the time they need to pass their final exams at a more leisurely pace.

  • International preparatory classes in years 7 and 9: Students who are refugees and children of immigrants / migrant workers enter our school in international preparatory classes. Depending on their age and previous schooling, they are taught in year 7 or year 9. The focus in these classes is on learning the German language as a basis for the future schooling at UNESCO-Schule Essen. After having successfully passed, students attend our regular classes in either year 7 or year 9.

UNESCO-Schule Essen has a long-standing tradition of teaching students in international preparatory classes. For more than 30 years now, students have entered our school in these classes.




We are diverse!

We usually teach about 50 different nationalities at UNESCO-Schule Essen and the share of students of foreign origin is more than 80 per cent. In 2017, our students have their roots all over the world (e.g. Europe, South America, Asia and Africa).

Students at UNESCO-Schule Essen often have different cultural backgrounds and life stories. Many of them are part of a minority in the German society. At UNESCO-Schule Essen, however, they can experience equality and get the chance to learn about the “one world” concept.




We practise what we teach! – The UNESCO principles

The curricular and extracurricular work at UNESCO-Schule Essen is committed to the principles of the UNESCO: Respect for diversity, tolerance, the idea of equality, peace, human rights and sustainability.

At UNESCO-Schule Essen, all human beings, cultures and religions are equally accepted. This contributes to a peaceful multicultural atmosphere, in which students learn together and from each other. The students’ cultural diversity gives everybody the chance for multicultural learning and for understanding different views and perspectives. Because of the students’ open-mindedness and respect for each other, cultural exchange is an everyday feature in classes and at our school in general. Integration succeeds at UNESCO-Schule Essen!

At the same time, the motto “Living together – finding your own path is practised. Students are encouraged to find their own individual paths. From years 7 – 13 they are advised to find out what suits them most and are supported to reach their goals.

The students’ cultural diversity is the basis for the school’s openness for cultural exchange projects, which take place in all areas and in cooperation with the City of Essen’s major cultural institutions, e.g. museums, theatres, cinemas, churches and the youth department. Hence, students get access to a various number of cultural institutions and fields, e.g. literature, music and the arts, photography and film.  

UNESCO-Schule Essen wants to make the general public aware of the cultural diversity and manifold origins of Essen’s population. Projects show what it means to have a “dual identity” or a migration background and the challenges and risks involved in it.

Since 2016 UNESCO-Schule Essen has had a partnership with its sister school Bialik Rogozin from Tel Aviv, Israel. A group of students and teachers from our school visited Bialik Rogozin in 2016 and their visit was returned in 2017 by students and teachers from Bialik Rogozin.





How to find us / contact information

UNESCO-Schule Essen is located in Essen-Huttrop, close to the city centre of Essen. You can easily reach it from Essen main station on foot in approximately 15 minutes. As an alternative, you can also go by bus or tram from various stations (busses 146 or 147, tram 107; exit at “Wasserturm” or “Hollestrasse”).



UNESCO-Schule Essen

Steinmetzstrasse 9

45139 Essen




Main office:    +49 201 2802630

Website:         http://www.unesco-schule-essen.de/

Headmistress: Silvia Lichtenstein