Top grades for Heidelberg
Heidelberg is a good place to learn. The City is offering a superb education to about 22,000 children. In a 2011 “Learning Atlas” published by the Bertelsmann Foundation, Heidelberg was ranked with top grades! In fact, in the area of "school-based learning" Heidelberg leads the field in Germany.
Education for all. Heidelberg’s goal is to offer all children an opportunity to reach a maximum level of attainment. Measures include systematic additional language support at all elementary and special schools and – since 2013 – in the fifth and sixth grades of middle schools and comprehensive schools as well. There is also a special support program for underperforming children called the Heidelberger Unterstützungssystem Schule (HÜS); and help is available for highly gifted children at the Hector Kinderakademie and the Hector Seminar. It goes without saying that all these institutions also embrace children with disabilities. Heidelberg has developed an effective system of school-based social work to ensure inclusion right across the board. The city is a national leader in this field and has achieved measurable successes, for example in cutting absenteeism.
Elementary school coverage. The city authorities have commissioned an organization called “Verein päd-aktiv” to ensure the availability of flexible child care during term time and most of the vacation. More than 80 per cent of elementary school children are catered for by crèches and all-day schooling.
Investing in education. An effective learning environment is essential for successful education – which is why between 2007 and 2012 Heidelberg invested more than EUR 100 million in a program of school refurbishment. Further investment of some EUR 48 million is planned for 2013 and 2014.