Top 15 Best International Schools Berlin, Germany

Top 15 Best International Schools Berlin, Germany

International Schools Berlin

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.

Living 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. 

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.


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Best international schools in Berlin

Best International Schools in Berlin - Rankings

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Berlin Brandenburg International School logo Berlin Brandenburg International School 

5.0 from 10 reviews

Curriculum

IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 18

Max Class Size

20

Description

Berlin Brandenburg International School 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 7 reviews

Curriculum

German

Primary Language

English

Ages

6 to 18

Description

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

Curriculum

English

Primary Language

English

Ages

2 to 18

Description

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

Curriculum

Swedish,Norwegian

Primary Language

Swedish

Ages

6 to 12

Description

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

Curriculum

IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 18

Description

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

Curriculum

German

Primary Language

English

Ages

6 to 12

Description

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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Freie Schule Anne-Sophie Berlin 

5.0 from 4 reviews

Curriculum

German

Primary Language

English

Ages

6 to 18

Description

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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John F. Kennedy School Berlin logo John F. Kennedy School Berlin 

4.7 from 3 reviews

Curriculum

American, German

Primary Language

English

Ages

6 to 18

Description

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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Berlin International School 

4.6 from 5 reviews

Curriculum

IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

6 to 18

Description

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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École Voltaire 

4.4 from 5 reviews

Curriculum

French

Primary Language

French

Ages

3 to 11

Description

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

Curriculum

German, IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 18

Description

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 9 reviews

Curriculum

German, IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

2 to 18

Description

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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Platanus School Berlin 

4.0 from 4 reviews

Curriculum

German

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 16

Description

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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International Montessori School Berlin 

3.7 from 3 reviews

Curriculum

Montessori, English

Primary Language

German

Ages

5 to 13

Max Class Size

22

Description

The International Montessori School Berlin is a private school in Berlin-Wansee located in the beautiful Landhaus Oppenheim. We are international – and bilingual! Our students come from a great diversity of countries; many are growing up in bilingual families.

Both our German and English speaking educators use the immersion method when they communicate with the children.

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Phorms Bilingual School Berlin-Mitte 

3.4 from 6 reviews

Curriculum

German

Primary Language

English

Ages

2 to 18

Description

Phorms Bilingual School is a private school in Berlin-Mitte. In our nursery, primary and secondary school the students are taught in German and English using the immersion method.

We are proud to be able to offer our students a wide range of interesting activities to reveal and develop their talents at an early stage. From Year 3 in our primary school children can opt to study different elective subjects. Our afternoon programme also offers students an extensive and varied agenda. From Year 7 in our secondary school we provide a diverse choice of elective subjects in the areas of language and science. Phorms Bilingual School also supports children with special educational needs, who study in one class with the other children.

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Other International Schools in Berlin

There are 5 other international schools in Berlin that didn't make it into our Top 15, either because they didn't have enough reviews or its review rating was too low. If your school is one of those and you think it should make the Top 15, make sure you add your review and tell your story via the school links below.

School Curriculum Rating
Charles Dickens Primary School Berlin German 3.4 / 5
Nelson Mandela School German, IB 3.4 / 5
Phorms Bilingual School Berlin-Süd German 2.6 / 5
Lycée Francais de Berlin French, German 2.2 / 5
Wangari Maathai International School German n/a

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