Berlin Brandenberg International School (- pending)
PYP-Reggio Emilia/MYP/IB Diploma/IB Career-related programme; ages 3-19; co-ed; day and boarding (yrs 9-12); independent; private non-profit; 700 pupils
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 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. Council of International Schools (CIS) accredited.
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PYP/MYP/IGCSEs/IB Diploma; ages 2-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 425 pupils
Established in 1994 by 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).
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Berlin Cosmopolitan School
PYP/Mittlerer Schulabschluss (MSA)/IB Diploma/Bilingual Abitur; independent; private non-profit; 700 pupils
Founded as an international pre-school in 2004, now an all-through school. In a listed brick building with modern additions in central Berlin, bought by 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
IGCSEs/Mittlerer Schulabschluss (MSA)/IB Diploma; ages 4-18 ; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 1,000 pupils
Four classes in each year group at primary following a curriculum (taught in English) based on the IBO 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.
Berlin Rahmenlehrplan (MSA)/PYP/IGCSEs/IB Diploma; ages 6-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 820 pupils
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.
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John F. Kennedy School
American Elementary Curriculum/American High School Diploma/German State Curriculum/German International Abitur; ages 5-18; co-ed; day; state; 1,700 pupils
Founded in 1960 and, rather naturally, re-named after the president who famously brought America and Germany closer together with his famous speech ‘ich bin ein Berliner’, was assassinated. A selective bilingual, bi-cultural school leading to either a German Abitur or the American High School Diploma. Academic and competitive; all admissions are probationary for one semester.
Swiss International School Berlin
Bilingual Abitur/IB Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; privately owned; 200 pupils
A historic villa plus new school buildings 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.