International schools in Berlin
Berlin has many foreign companies so the city also has a wide range of international schools for the children of foreign nationals working here.
The largest is the German-American John F. Kennedy School with more than 1,700 students.
Some 25 elementary and secondary schools have started bilingual classes under the umbrella name of “Staatliche Europa-Schule Berlin” (SESB).
Beginning with first grade, 50 percent of the instruction is in German, 50 percent in the partner language. To gain admission, the partner language, the student must be fluent in the partner language.
Important school addresses in Berlin
Senate office for education, youth and science
Mitte, Otto-Braun-Str. 27, Tel. 9 02 27/50 50, www.berlin.de/sen/bwf
The Senate office for education, youth and science has branch offices in various districts, which offer advice, for example on access to education, changing schools and with problems that cannot be resolved by schools.
Hohenzollerndamm 174-177, Tel. 9 02 91/65 50
Frankfurter Allee 35-37, Tel. 9 02 98/36 20
Große-Leege-Str. 103, Tel. 9 02 96/38 61
Premnitzer Str. 11/13, Tel. 9 02 93/60 11
Mathilde-Jacob-Platz 1, Tel. 9 01 83/60 56
Boddin Str. 34, Tel. 9 02 39/20 87
Fröbel Str. 17, Tel. 9 02 95/50 37
Budde Str. 21, Tel. 9 02 94/47 18
Carl-Schurz-Str. 8, Tel. 9 02 79/25 30
Kirch Str. 1-3, Tel. 9 02 99/61 31
John-F.-Kennedy-Platz, Tel. 9 02 77/64 94
Freiheit 15, Tel. 9 02 97/32 56
John F.Kennedy School
Fee-free German-American school with more than 1,700 students, bicultural and bilingual instruction.
›› Zehlendorf, Teltower Damm 87-93, Elementary School Office Tel. 9 02 99 57 11; High School Office Tel. 9 02 99 57 58, www.jfks.de
State international school with primary, secondary and grammar (academic) schools, ages 6 to 18, bilingual Abitur & International Baccalaureate.
›› Grundschule: Wilmersdorf, Pfalzburger Str. 23, Tel. 86 39 53 70
›› Oberschule: Westend, Kastanienallee 12/13, Tel. 9 02 92 80 12
Staatliche Europa Schulen
Overseen by the Staatliche Europa Schulen Berlin (SESB) organization, 17 primary schools and 13 continuing education establishments have set up bilingual classes. Beginning aged six, half of the instruction is in German, half in the partner language. These schools currently offer English, French, Russian, Spanish, Italian, Turkish, Greek, Portuguese and Polish.
›› Senatsverwaltung für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Forschung, Mitte, Otto-Braun-Str. 27, Tel. 9 02 27/50 50, www.sesb.de
Berlin Brandenburg International School (BBIS)
State-approved English language day school for students 3 to 19 years of age, curriculum is based on all four programs of the International Baccalaureate organization, 715 students from 65 different countries, small class sizes (max. 18 students), teacher-student ratio 1:7.
›› 14532 Kleinmachnow, Schopfheimer Allee 10, Tel. 03 32 03/8 03 60, www.bbis.de
Berlin British School
Private English-speaking international all-day school for children aged 2 to 18. The school follows the National Curriculum of England and Wales up to Year 9, then IGCSE and IB Diploma courses with outstanding examination results. Individual support in small classes, extensive extracurricular program. The school is based on three sites with facilities appropriate to each age group:
›› Early Years, Grunewald, Havelchaussee 104
›› Primary School, Westend, Dickensweg 17-19
›› Secondary School, Grunewald, Am Postfenn 31
›› Tel. 030 35 10 91 91, www.berlinbritishschool.de
Berlin Cosmopolitan School
International school with a kindergarten, preschool, primary school and academic high school. It is oriented toward science and music and the International Baccalaureate or German school leaving certificate. It is an all-day school that offers pupils a varied afternoon program from ballet to Chinese and taekwondo.
›› Mitte, Rücker Str. 9, Tel. 6 88 33 23 20, www.cosmopolitanschool.de
Berlin International School
Bilingual (English-German) primary and secondary school oriented toward an internationally recognized education program that prepares pupils for the International Baccalaureate leaving certificate.
›› Wilmersdorf, Lentzeallee 8/10 & 12/14, Tel. 82 00 77 90, www.berlin-international-school.de
Berlin Metropolitan School
Bilingual (German-English) preschool, primary school, secondary and academic high schools, opened in 2004 through a parents’ initiative. In autumn 2012 the 14-15 age group will be the first to study and to take the International Baccalaureate at age 17-18.
›› Mitte, Linien Str. 122, Tel. 88 72 73 90, www.berlinmetropolitanschool.com
Französisches Gymnasium Berlin
French academic high school with French curriculum. Pupils study for the German Abitur, the International Baccalaureate or the German-French Abibac leaving certificate.
›› Tiergarten, Derfflinger Str. 7, Deutsches Sekretariat: Tel. 25 75 89-10, Französisches Sekretariat: Tel. 25 75 89-50, -51, www.fg-berlin.de
IMS Internationale Montessorischule Berlin
Pupils in the Montessori bilingual (German-English) primary school are taught in mixed age group classes. Children aged 6/7 to 8/9 and 9/10 to 11/12 are each taught in single classes. The school day is from 8 am to 4 pm with care until 6 pm if necessary.
›› Wilmersdorf, Wiesbadener Str. 18, Tel. 85 07 07 00, www.internationale-montessorischule-berlin.de
Internationale Schule Berlin
Aimed at children of school age whose parents wish them to have a qualified English education by native speakers starting in primary school. Children are exposed to English on a continually increasing basis, beginning in the associated preschool. The school’s educational goal is for pupils to gain the German and international higher education entrance qualification.
›› Steglitz, Körner Str. 11, Tel. 79 00 03 90, www.internationale-schule-berlin.de
International School Villa Amalienhof
An independent school for boys and girls aged 3 to 16. It’s idyllically located in a historic villa in western Berlin and is oriented toward an English curriculum. It’s also Berlin’s only school that offers lessons leading to British A Levels. A new service is a language school on Saturdays offering English lessons for children aged three and older.
›› Spandau, Heer Str. 465, Tel. 36 43 98 20, www.is-va.com
Berlin’s first all-day primary school. Special value is placed on the advancement of the native and foreign language competency as well as the artistic-aesthetic ability of the students. English and computer lessons are taught right from the first year.
›› Steglitz, Grunewald Str. 44, Tel. 79 00 03 40, www.kant-grundschule.de
Bislang als Gesamtschule mit gymnasialer Oberstufe konzipiert, ist die Oberschule seit dem Schuljahr 2010/11 als Sekundarschule aufgestellt. Sie ermöglicht den Erwerb der allgemeinen Hochschulreife, Schwerpunkte sind Englisch, Wirtschaft und Naturwissenschaften.
›› Steglitz, Körner Str. 11, Tel. 79 00 03 60, www.kant-oberschule.de
Since August 2006 a new, modern concept of education is available to families in the Berlin region – Phorms. The cornerstones of Phorms pedagogy are: a bilingual all-day school with English and German as equally weighted languages of instruction; studying in groups of manageable size; differentiated learning programs, in particular with regard to special needs. The schools in Berlin Mitte and Berlin Süd have primary and academic high schools with lessons taught by an international teaching staff.
›› Phorms Berlin Mitte, Ackerstr. 76, 46 79 86 30, www.berlin.phorms.de
›› Phorms Berlin Süd, Lichterfelde, Harry-S.-Truman-Allee 3, Tel. 91 68 49 90, www.berlin-sued.phorms.de
Romain Rolland Schule
European academic high school with a bilingual French-German department from ages 10/11 that teaches toward the German Abitur and French Baccalauréat. It is Berlin’s first school awarded the CertiLingua excellence label for multi-language, European and international expertise.
›› Reinickendorf, Place Molière 4, Tel. 4 14 01 70, www.romain-rolland-gymnasium.eu