The Top 15 Best International Schools in Berlin

The Top 15 Best International Schools in Berlin

Germany’s capital city, Berlin, is the second most highly populated city in Europe with a population of more than 3.7 million.  In spite of this, Berlin is considered one of the safest cities in the world and is very highly rated in terms of quality of living.  Berlin is clean and green with lots of urban parks and green spaces, but with fewer cars than many cities due to the popularity of cycling.  In fact if you would like to drive in the city centre Environmental Zone, you must have a low emission vehicle and obtain a green sticker to prove it.  The many different cultures represented in Berlin make it a foodie’s paradise, especially as eating out is relatively inexpensive compared with other European cities.  There are many business opportunities in Berlin as, after Silicon Valley, it is often referred to as the start-up capital of the world.  Berliners are active, casual dressers with their own brand of direct, loud and rather crude humour.  They even have their own unique vocabulary and dialect called Berliner Schnauzer, although English is widely spoken. 

There are 18 international schools in Berlin.  Most of these follow the German Curriculum but 6 also offer the International Baccalaureate.  The primary language in the majority of these schools is English and many are bi-lingual.

Prenzlauer Berg, to the north east of the city, is great for young families.  It is a friendly neighbourhood with clean streets and plenty of playgrounds, creches and a good selection of speciality food stores, cafés and restaurants.  This area is very convenient for Berlin Bilingual and the Berlin Cosmopolitan schools.

Friedrichshain, situated to the east of the city centre, is a popular with families and young people.  The area has plenty of art, culture, a good selection of cafés and restaurants and an excellent nightlife.  This area is convenient for the Berlin Metropolitan and many others. 

Schöneberg, situated to the south west of the city, is a traditional, leafy residential area that retains an eclectic, bohemian feel, with a good selection of shops and restaurants.   This area is convenient for the Nelson Mandela and the Swedish schools.

The affluent, neighbouring area of Charlottenburg, to the west of the city, is a much quieter and more traditional place to live.  It has beautiful architecture, clean streets lined with trees and easy access to a variety of exclusive shops, bars and restaurants.  This area is close to Berlin British and Charles Dickens Primary schools.

Neukölln, extending out to the south of the city, has an arty, international feel and is considered an up and coming area, so it is a cheaper place to live than the other neighbourhoods mentioned so far.  It is within a reasonable distance of Phorms Bilingual Berlin-Süd and John F Kennedy schools.

Kreuzberg, just to the south of the city centre, is a friendly, arty, casual area with beautiful architecture and lots of green walkways and parks.  It is close to Lycée Français and Ecole Voltaire.

Where Berlin international schools are distributed (view our Berlin international schools direcotry to see a live map):


Best International Schools Berlin

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Berlin Brandenburg International School 

5.0 from 10 reviews
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Curriculum:IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 18 Max Class Size:20
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The Berlin Brandenburg International School (BBIS) is one of very few schools worldwide and the only school in Berlin exclusively offering all four programmes of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB). In addition, BBIS also provides Early Education through a brand new purpose-built learning environment, as well as boarding facilities for students from grades 9-12. BBIS sees inclusive and individual education as the best basis for lifelong learning, success and happiness. 21st century skills like critical thinking, languages and intercultural competencies are key to our curricula. A broad offer of extracurricular activities complements the academic programme, following our belief in educating the whole person. As an English-medium school Berlin Brandenburg International School attracts students from over 60 countries. It is serves the diplomatic and business communities as well as internationally minded families who share our values of humanity, tolerance and empathy. Our green and quiet 360,000 sqm campus with spacious buildings and class rooms provides the ideal atmosphere for an engaging school day. Located on the south-west border of Berlin, BBIS is also within driving distance to Potsdam and well connected to both cities by school buses and public transportation.

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Berlin Bilingual School 

5.0 from 6 reviews
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Curriculum:German Primary Language:English
Age Range:6 to 18
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Berlin Bilingual School, a unique and vibrant school in one of the most exciting cities in the world. We are a school with dedicated, committed and hard-working teachers and educators. We provide a challenging bilingual curriculum for children whose families have settled in Berlin. As a school we seek to take our pupils and students on a journey of educational and personal development, a journey which harnesses the merits of bilingual German and English education, celebrates cultural diversity and instills a love for learning. We encourage our pupils to be curious about and open to the world around them, become independent thinkers and be ready and prepared to be challenged and challenge themselves in preparation for what the future may hold for them. We prepare our students for German as well as international qualifications. Our students work hard to achieve their academic goals but as important as academic progress is the personal development of our students and the pastoral care we provide for every child. We encourage every child to follow their own interests, develop and share their talents and pursue other interests in order to allow them to become well-rounded people. 

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Berlin British School 

5.0 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:English Primary Language:English
Age Range:2 to 18
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Berlin British School's main purpose is to ensure that the young people we serve are well prepared for the challenges they face in a rapidly changing world. While preparing young people to thrive through academic success, a central part of their education at the Berlin British School is to nurture the development of character through an engaging curriculum and supportive pastoral programme. Our community of thinkers has members from diverse international backgrounds, which gives students an opportunity to explore issues from multiple perspectives. BBS is an inclusive school and offers an excellent education to students aged 2-18. In years 10 and 11 the school offers a number of International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) courses, in the near future also the German MSA (Mittlerer Schulabschluss) and in the Years 12 and 13 the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). The IBDP is often described as the gold standard of international education. This allows our school the ability to adopt the best, internationally acclaimed enquiry based learning process, whilst also fulfilling the requirements for Ersatzschulstatus (official recognition in the local school system). Following an education at the Berlin British School our students have been accepted into some of the top universities in Germany, the UK, the USA and the rest of the world.

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Svenska Skolan i Berlin 

5.0 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:Swedish,Norwegian Primary Language:Swedish
Age Range:6 to 12
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Svenska Skolan i Berlin offers students a responsive, individual-based, safe and competent teaching together with dedicated educators. All in an unbeatable bright, lush and creative school environment in the heart of Berlin. Since the beginning of the 20th century, Svenska Skolan has been run in Berlin. This year we are celebrating our 113th anniversary. This makes us the world's second oldest Swedish foreign school. The premises at Landhausstrasse 26-28 offer a unique Swedish environment with fragrant cinnamon buns from the café, Swedish daily newspapers and magazines as well as an adult and children's library. Here Swedish and German celebrations are celebrated.

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Berlin Metropolitan School 

5.0 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 18
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Berlin Metropolitan School is the oldest international school in the center of Berlin. 1,000 students from 52 countries attend our school and are taught using the best international and national curriculum programs. The Berlin Metropolitan School is an all-day school, allowing students from kindergarten through 12th grade to complete a modern and values-based education, culminating into an internationally recognized diploma. An international team of more than 200 dedicated employees lead the way for the learning success of our students.

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Quentin Blake Europe School 

5.0 from 4 reviews
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Curriculum:German Primary Language:English
Age Range:6 to 12
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Our school is a public primary school with the special educational focus of bilingual education.  A major objective is integrated bilingual learning groups with bilingual instruction beginning in first grade. The students and teaching staff in each class are half native or mother tongue speakers of either German or English. Native speakers conduct the language lessons in smaller divided groups of Mother Tongue and Partner Tongue.  Half of our student body and staff are native speakers of English.  Since English has become lingua franca in so many countries of the world, we have lively cultural mix with students and teachers from countries as diverse as Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, Kenya, South Africa, the USA and many other countries. One of the many benefits of our school is that the children receive both Mother Tongue and Partner Tongue in small groups of usually twelve students.  Mathematics is taught in German while Topic, history, general science, geography, music and art are taught in English. Beginning in 5th grade the children also receive instruction in French.

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John F. Kennedy School Berlin 

4.7 from 3 reviews
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Curriculum:American, German Primary Language:English
Age Range:6 to 18
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John F. Kennedy School is one of the most sought-after and renowned schools in Berlin. Consistently high standards and the respective results ensure that we receive applications from all over the world every day. The school’s bicultural, bilingual program is up-to-date and future-oriented. It is also a guarantee for the partnership between the United States of America and Germany with its very special, historically founded meaning for Berlin. The John F. Kennedy School considers it its educational mandate to develop the student’s entire personality. 

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École Voltaire 

4.4 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:French Primary Language:French
Age Range:3 to 11
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École Voltaire Berlin, while still called Voltaire College, opened in 1994 after the withdrawal of the French forces from Germany in the historic district of Reinickendorf (north of Berlin), first of all primary school, the establishment could then accommodate any French or foreign child wishing to receive a French education. École Voltaire Berlin is open to its environment: speakers in the cultural field, contacts with Berlin institutions, outings, events, school trips, discovery classes.

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Swiss International School - Berlin 

4.2 from 4 reviews
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Curriculum:German, IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 18
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Swiss International School Berlin's educational concept lies at the heart of our social, pedagogical, didactical and entrepreneurial approach. But every concept is only as good as its implementation in everyday school life – that is why we make it our highest priority to live by it on a daily basis. The students are at the centre of all our efforts. English and German play equal roles in school communication – in the classroom and in all parts of day-to-day school life. As a result, children learn to express themselves naturally and confidently in both languages. Our schools are part of the Swiss International Schools Group, which has been a pioneer in the bilingual education arena since 1999. At present, more than 3.700 students attend SIS schools at one of our 16 locations in Switzerland, Germany and Brazil. 

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Berlin Cosmopolitan School 

4.2 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:German, IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:2 to 18
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Berlin Cosmopolitan School (BCS) is a non-profit international school with a focus on the sciences, music and dance in the heart of Berlin. We offer Kindergarten and Preschool as well as Primary and Secondary School (German: Gymnasium). Our school, founded in 2004 with its two campuses, is located in Berlin-Mitte in a very quiet area between Alexanderplatz, Monbijou Park, Hackescher Markt & Prenzlauer Berg. Today about 700 students from over 45 countries are enrolled at BCS. As an International Baccalaureate World School we are authorized to offer the curriculum of the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and the IB Diploma Programme on the basis of the educational framework of Berlin. After 12 years, students may graduate with the IB Diploma and the German Abitur. At Berlin Cosmopolitan School we encourage students to become active and responsible world citizens. This includes strong academics and multilingualism as well as the development of social and intercultural skills.

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Freie Schule Anne-Sophie Berlin 

4.2 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:German Primary Language:English
Age Range:6 to 18
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Freie Schule Anne-Sophie Berlin is not a traditional school. Our central focus is not so much on imparting knowledge as on providing children with comprehensive individual support and a modern, learning-friendly environment. We help them to acquire social and academic skills both individually and in groups, in a relaxed but goal-oriented learning situation. This aim set by the founder of the school, Bettina Würth, characterizes the work of both learning partners and learning coaches. One of the most important premises is that each learning partner is supported according to his/her individual needs. This means that every learning partner behaves like a learning entrepreneur, which means that he or she realizes and accepts his or her own responsibility. Our joint conviction that everyone is able to reach this goal is the basis for this behaviour.

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Platanus School Berlin 

4.0 from 4 reviews
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Curriculum:German Primary Language:English
Age Range:3 to 16
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Platanus School Berlin is a bilingual educational institution (German/English) based in Berlin-Pankow with Kindergartens in two different locations and a Primary and Secondary School with a focus on mathematics and science. In our kindergarten, we ensure holistic and age appropriate care which takes the individual capabilities and talents of the children into consideration. Our ambitious educational concept and immersive bilingualism is ideal preparation for the children to continue in our primary school. Under the roof of a distinguished, listed building, our bilingual primary and secondary school offers optimal learning conditions, where natural curiosity and individual needs can find their place from Grade 1 all the way through to Grade 10. Here, children and young people can learn in a calm environment, test themselves, develop their talents, deepen their interests, learn about cultural diversity and internalise languages. The time a child spends at kindergarten and school is an intensive and also incredibly important chapter in their lives and we would like to invite you and your child to spend this time with us in an international, caring and open community.

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Berlin International School 

3.6 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:6 to 18
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Berlin International School (BIS) at Campus Dahlem is part of the international and bilingual branch (E/G) of Stiftung Private Kant-Schulen gGmbH. We offer both nationally and internationally recognized educational opportunities from first grade through the end of secondary school to children and young adults whose families are internationally mobile, or based in Berlin and looking for challenging educational programs in a culturally diverse, multilingual setting. At Berlin International School, we value the similarities and differences each person's cultural heritage brings to our lives. We celebrate and share our diversity on a daily basis both inside and outside the classroom in order to enrich the learning experience for our students and the whole school community.

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Charles Dickens Primary School Berlin 

3.4 from 5 reviews
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Curriculum:German Primary Language:English
Age Range:6 to 12
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Charles-Dickens Elementary School was opened in 1971. In the 1992 school year the Europe School branch was added. The school is named after the famous author and philanthropist Charles John Huffam Dickens (1821 – 1870). Charles-Dickens-Grundschule has both an English-German Europe Branch and a regular German Branch. The school is located between the Olympic Stadium and Berlins’ Grunewald forest, with very convenient connections to the public transportation system. A third building was added to the spacious school grounds in 2007. The 450 students at Charles-Dickens-GS have access to a well-stocked English-German library, 2 well-equipped computer rooms, a students’ kitchen, a large cafeteria and a huge green playground.

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Nelson Mandela School 

3.2 from 9 reviews
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Curriculum:German, IB Primary Language:English
Age Range:6 to 18
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Nelson Mandela School Berlin provides quality bilingual education to children from a wide variety of backgrounds. English and German are our school’s official languages, but we do not stop at introducing our students just to German and Anglo-American values and traditions. As a truly international school and a member of UNESCO’s Associated Schools Project Network (ASP), it is our business to acquaint our students with as many different aspects of life on this planet as possible – and to enable them to make a positive difference wherever they go. Being named after Mr. Mandela, sub-Saharan Africa in general and South Africa in particular have a special place in our hearts, and we try and let that show wherever and whenever we can – be it in our classrooms or beyond. 

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