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.
More than 30 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.
Overwiew education authority and international schools in Berlin
Senatsverwaltung für Bildung, Jugend und Sport
Mitte, Bernhard-Weiß-Str. 6, Tel. 902 27 50 50, www.berlin.de/sen/bjw
Waldschulallee 29-31, Tel. 90 29-251 01
Frankfurter Allee 35-37A, Tel. 902 98 36 20
Große-Leege-Str. 103, Tel. 902 96 38 62
Alice-Salomon-Platz 3, Tel. 902 93 29 51
Karl-Marx-Allee 31, Tel. 901 82 60 55
Boddinstr. 34, Tel. 902 39 20 87
Fröbelstr. 17, Tel. 902 95 50 37
Buddestr. 21, Tel. 902 94 47 18
Streitstr. 6, Tel. 902 79 25 30
Hartmannsweilerweg 65, Tel. 902 99 61 31
Alarichstr. 12-17, Tel. 902 77 64 94
Alt Köpenick 21, Tel. 902 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. 030 902995711; High School Office Tel. 030 902995710, www.jfks.de
State international school with primary, secondary and grammar (academic) schools, ages 6 to 18, bilingual Abitur & International Baccalaureate.
›› Primary school: Wilmersdorf, Pfalzburger Str. 23, Tel. 030 86395370
›› Upper grades: Wilmersdorf, Pfalzburger Str. 30, Tel. 030 863953812, -13
Staatliche Europa Schulen (SESB)
Overseen by the Staatliche Europa Schulen Berlin (SESB) organization, 18 primary schools and 15 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, Jugend und Familie, Mitte, Bernhard-Weiß-Str. 6, Tel. 030 902275050
Berlin Bilingual School
About 420 students from 30 countries receive a high quality education in two languages (English/German) from 1st grade to IGCSE (year 9-11), MSA (year 10) and graduation and are encouraged to think and learn creatively and independently through a student-orientated teaching approach.
›› Primary school: Friedrichshain, Weinstr. 1
›› Secondary school: Weißensee, Rudolf-Baschant-Str. 2
›› Tel. 030 44383242, www.berlin-bilingual-school.de
Berlin Brandenburg International School (BBIS)
State-approved English-speaking private school and all-day school for children and teenagers aged 3 to 19. The curriculum follows the four programs of the International Baccalaureate Organisation. It has about 700 students from over 60 countries, small class sizes (max. 21 students) and a teacher-student ratio of 1:7.
›› 14532 Kleinmachnow, Schopfheimer Allee 10, Tel. 033203 80360, www.bbis.de
Berlin British School (BBS)
Independent private all-day school experienced in combining the best of British, international and German education to students aged 2 to 18 from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds. International qualifications such as the IGCSE and International Baccalaureate, enabling graduates access to the world’s top universities. Excellent education in a caring community, individual support in small classes, extensive extracurricular programme.
›› Early Years, Grunewald, Havelchaussee 104
›› Dickenskita & Primary School, Westend, Dickensweg 17-19
›› Secondary School, Grunewald, Am Postfenn 31
›› Tel. 030 35109191, 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.
›› Headquarter: Mitte, Rückerstr. 9, Tel. 030 68833230
›› Campus Invalidenstraße (Kindergarten in the Park): Mitte, Invalidenstr. 130, Tel. 030 688332340
Berlin International School
Bilingual (English-German) primary and secondary school based at Campus Dahlem oriented toward the Berliner Rahmenlehrplan and an internationally recognized education program that prepares pupils for the International Baccalaureate Diploma (higher education entrance qualification) or in case they transfer to Campus Steglitz the Abitur.
›› Dahlem, Lentzeallee 8/14, Tel. 030 82007790, 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. Qualifications: Intermediate Education Certificate (MSA) and IGCSE (Cambridge University) with graduation after 10th grade. After 12th grade, students graduate with the university entrance qualification (IB Diploma, International Baccalaureate Diploma).
›› Mitte, Linienstr. 122, Tel. 030 88727390, www.metropolitanschool.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, Derfflingerstr. 7, German registry: Tel. 030 25758910 -11, French registry: Tel. 030 25758950,
Internationale Schule Berlin
Bilingual (English-German) primary and secondary school oriented toward the Berliner Rahmenlehrplan. Children are exposed to English on a continually increasing basis, up to entire subjects being taught in English by native speakers. The school’s educational goal is for pupils to gain the Abitur with an additional bilingual certificate (higher education entrance qualification) or in case they transfer to Campus Dahlem the IB diploma.
›› Steglitz OS: Körnerstr. 11, Tel. 030 79000380
›› GS: Körnerstr. 49, Tel. 030 79000390
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, Grunewaldstr. 44, Tel. 030 820070900, www.kant-grundschule.de
A secondary school with an academic upper school. An all-day school for the past 60 years, teaching for the higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) with an emphasis on English and economics.
›› Steglitz, Körnerstr. 11, Tel. 030 79000360, www.kant-oberschule.de
IMS Internationale Montessorischule Berlin
Children have lessons in mixed age groups at this bilingual (German/English) Montessori primary school. This means Years 1 and 2; 3 and 4; and 5 and 6 are taught in age-appropriate groups. This is an all-day school with lessons from 9 am to 4 pm. On request, pupils can be supervised from 7.30 am to 6 pm.
›› Wannsee, Zum Heckeshorn 38, Tel. 030 80482270, www.montessori-am-wannsee.de
This academic high school with a multilingual orientation follows the approach of its mother school in Switzerland. Along with multilingualism in German, English and French, students are educated to be tolerant and open to the world through an exchange program. All-day supervision for grades 5-12. Moser Schule pupils study to achieve the Abitur certificate and AbiBac (Abitur plus the French Baccalauréat) after 12th grade.
›› Westend, Badenallee 31/32, Tel. 030 30838282, www.moserschule.de
A bilingual all-day school with English and German as equally weighted languages of instruction; studying in groups of manageable size; differentiated learning programs. 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, Tel. 030 467 98 63 00, www.berlin.phorms.de
›› Phorms Berlin Süd, Lichterfelde, Harry-S.-Truman-Allee 3, Tel. 030 91684990, www.berlin-sued.phorms.de
Romain Rolland Gymnasium
European academic high school with two bilingual French-German departments 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. 030 4140170, www.romain-rolland-gymnasium.eu
SIS Swiss International School Berlin
An all-day German-English bilingual school housed in a historic villa. Lessons are geared toward the German Abitur and International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. The state-approved private school, kindergarten, primary school and academic high school all combine English und German under one roof, and both languages are given equal weight in lessons and in general conversation.
›› Spandau, Heerstr. 465, Tel. 030 2 33213920, www.swissinternationalschool.de