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Best schools in Berlin

A snapshot overview of schools in Berlin that are considered (although not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expat parents.

If there is no ribbon, pending or otherwise, it means we are aware of the school but have elected not to review it at this time. This could be for a number of reasons, but we continually update information and add or remove reviews as deemed appropriate.

Schools selected for full GSGI review are noted with   next to their names. "Pending" means that we are planning to review that school.

By full GSGI review, we mean the school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final write-ups take the good with the bad, warts and all, but we look for a preponderance of good before we drill down for in-depth details descend on the school for an exhaustive visit.

Schools in Berlin reviewed by The Good Schools Guide International

Berlin Brandenberg International School  

PYP/ Reggio Emilia/ MYP/ IB Diploma/ IB Careers programme/ American High School Diploma; ages 3-19; co-ed; day and boarding (yrs 9-12); independent; private non-profit; 700 students

Located in Kleinmachnow, a popular expat area on the southern side of the city between Berlin and Potsdam, on an enormous rural campus. The all-through IB curriculum, including the career-related programme (BBIS was the first school in the world to be authorised to teach all four) is taught in English and there is a huge range of extra-curricular activities from Belly Dancing to Chinese Calligraphy. 65 truly global boarders.

Click here to read our full review of the Berlin Brandenburg International School.

The Berlin British School

PYP/ School adapted curriculum/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 480 students

Established in 1994, by a local British businessmen on the site of the former British Military School in Charlottenburg, a residential area popular with anglophiles. A greater international mix than at most Berlin schools but not selective at year 7 entry, only asking that students have sufficient English to access the curriculum. Accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Council of British International Schools (COBIS).

Click here to read our full review of Berlin British School.

Berlin International School

School adapted/ Berlin Rahmenlehrplan/ Mittlerer Schulabschuss (MSA)/ PYP/ IGCSE/ IB Diploma; ages 6-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 820 students

Students from more than 60 countries study on a campus in Dahlem, in south-western Berlin. Re-accredited by the Council of International Schools in 2018, BIS charges lower fees than at comparable international schools as it has a partial government subsidy. Run by the private Kant foundation with a strong reputation for running academic local schools. The IB average in 2017 (latest results) was the highest in the school’s history.

Click here to read our full review of Berlin International School.

These schools have been brought to our attention, but until we have more reports from parents, we are unable to consider reviewing them.

Berlin Cosmopolitan School

PYP/ Mittlerer Schulabschluss (MSA)/ IB Diploma /Bilingual Abitur; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 700 students

Founded as an international pre-school in 2004, but now expanded to an all-through school. Housed in a listed brick building with modern additions in central Berlin and recently bought by a business sponsor. Classes are mainly taught in English but some in German. Almost all graduates going on to university, head for leading unis in the UK (including Cambridge, Durham and UCL) or occasionally to the US or German alternatives.

Berlin Metropolitan School

PYP/ IGCSE/ Mittlerer Schulabschluss (MSA)/ IB Diploma; ages 4-18 ; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,000 students

Four classes in each year group at primary following a curriculum (taught in English) based on the IBO (listed as authorised to offer PYP) and the Berlin state framework. Secondary school works towards IGCSEs and the IB Diploma. A strong vertical house system (houses named after the planets), run by a head of house and house tutors, with plenty of opportunities for students to be involved.

John F. Kennedy School

American Elementary & Middle School Curriculum/American High School Diploma/German State Curriculum/German International Abitur; ages 5-18; co-ed; day; state; 1,700 students

Founded in 1960 and, rather naturally, re-named after the assissinated president, who brought America and Germany closer together with his famous speech ‘ich bin ein Berliner’. A selective bilingual, bi-cultural school leading to either a German Abitur or the American High School Diploma. Academic and very competitive, emphasised by all admissions being probationary for one semester.

Swiss International School Berlin

School adapted curriculum/ Bilingual Abitur/ IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 200 students

Housed in a historic villa, to which new school buildings have been added, on a large campus in a western suburb of Berlin. At primary level, there is total immersion in German and English, outside as well as inside the classroom. In the truly bilingual secondary school, each subject is usually taught in either German or English. A major academic challenge is available in years 11-13 as students can choose to study for the bilingual Abitur (although not yet fully state recognised) and the IB Diploma, simultaneously.

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