Columbus Elementary School

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Columbus Elementary School
Büchsenweg 23A (Berlin-Reinickendorf) .JPG
type of school primary school
School number 12G05
founding 1970

Büchsenweg 23 A 13409 Berlin

place Berlin-Reinickendorf
country Berlin
Country Germany
Coordinates 52 ° 34 '32 "  N , 13 ° 21' 59"  E Coordinates: 52 ° 34 '32 "  N , 13 ° 21' 59"  E
carrier State of Berlin
student 600 (August 30, 2019)
Teachers 64 teachers + 1 trainee teacher + 29 educators + 1 pedagogue (November 1, 2019)
management Sylvia Betzing (Head of School) , Jan Niedergesäß (Deputy Head of School)

The Columbus Elementary School is a public half-day elementary school in Berlin-Reinickendorf under monument protection. The Columbus Elementary School is located in the northeastern edge of the Berlin-Reinickendorf district on Büchsenweg near Klemkestrasse and the Paddenpuhl housing estate . The name of the school can be traced back to the navigator Christopher Columbus .


Main building of the building complex designed by the architect Sergius Ruegenberg in the 1960s

The main building of the building complex of four buildings was designed in the 1960s by the architect Sergius Ruegenberg . The building was constructed from 1968 to 1970 following selection through a competition . Since 2005/2006, due to the introduction of open all-day operation, the buildings and the grounds of a former day-care center have been used for the additional support and care groups. In the 2006/2007 school year, a mobile extension building with 12 classrooms was built on the rear part of the site. In 2011 a welcome class was set up. In November 2015, the building complex was supplemented by a two-storey new building with 12 classrooms, in which mainly the 4th and 6th grades and the two welcome classes are taught. The cafeteria started operating in 2016/2017.

School profile

The school is characterized by its motto "We ... approach each other ... listen to each other ... help us", whereby the school expresses the willingness to open up to the neighborhood as well as to cultivate the togetherness of the school community and to give support . In grades 1 to 3 at the Columbus Elementary School, year-wide learning (JÜL) is used. In addition to regular school operations, school children are supported and looked after in a group-based manner after the lessons. The Columbus Primary School receives funding through its inclusion in the bonus program of the Senate Administration for Education, Youth and Science in 2014 . Furthermore, school social work is carried out by two employees of the independent agency Aufwind e. V. in the school station. The school has been providing a welcome class for children without knowledge of German since 2011. A second was added in February 2016.

The school building contains specialist rooms for music , art and natural sciences as well as a multi-purpose room, a student library “reading club” and a small room for teaching materials. The school grounds include two playground areas consisting of wooden climbing frames, a slide, four table tennis tables and a fenced-off soccer field. Behind the two additional buildings is a small sports facility with two running tracks and a diving pit. There is also a 13 • 26 m sports hall in a supplementary building.

main building

The main building, which is surrounded by hilly green areas, is characterized by its unconventional construction in a hexagonal shape. The hexagonal classrooms build on one another in steps to form two- to three-storey structures that are freely interconnected and that combinehoneycomb-like ” school classes according to grade. The building is shielded from the former S-Bahn route to the north by its horizontally and vertically staggered assembly group with the auditorium and gym. The classrooms open to the south with large windows. The staggered structure at the rear ensures exposure to sunlight on all floors. At the entrance to the building, a single-storey pavilion for the school kindergarten has been added to the building ensemble in a similar construction.

See also


  • Rolf Rave, Hans-Joachim Knöfel, Jan Rave: Building in the 1970s in Berlin . G + H Verlag, 1994, ISBN 978-3-920597-40-9 .
  • Topography Reinickendorf / Reinickendorf . 1988.

Web links

Commons : Columbus Elementary School  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files



Individual evidence

  3. ^ List, map, database / Landesdenkmalamt Berlin. Retrieved May 10, 2020 .
  4. a b c Short report on the inspection of the Columbus primary school (12G05). In: Senate Department for Education, Youth and Science, October 1, 2016, accessed on May 10, 2020 .
  5. updraft e. V. - The school station of the Columbus Elementary School. Retrieved May 11, 2020 .
  6. Landessportbund Berlin eV: Sports facilities details. November 7, 2016, accessed May 11, 2020 .