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Currently there are International Schools or International colleges in the following locations:

Berlin (5) Munich (2) Frankfurt (2) Stuttgart, Nürnberg, Dresden, Leipzig, Bremen, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Wiesbaden, Hannover, Salem ( Bodensee / Lake Constance ), with plans for a new school in Weimar.

Numerous initiatives are planning to create new international schools in a combined effort to make education easier for international families throughout Germany, and thus strengthen Germany's attractiveness for foreign companies and their employees. German international schools are by law subsidised by the various German states, some more, some less. A few of these schools do not request these subsidies, as they prefer to be completely independent. The Association of German International Schools - AGIS - is the umbrella organization of all these schools, representing their common concerns, such as public funding or the recognition of the IB as university entrance for Germans in Germany. In a recent dramatic change of policies, the KMK - the Standing Committee of all 16 state ministries of education - accepted the International Baccalaureat as an entrance qualification into German universities. This decision from spring 2000 may well cause a major run on international schools among German students. It has brought Germany into the large group of nations with full acceptance of this international university admission qualification.

Berlin/Potsdam International School GmbH
Heinrich-Heine-Weg 15, 14476 Potsdam - Neu Fahrland | Tel: 03320 - 86 760, Fax: 03320 - 8 676 | Director: Gerald Shields | Grades: K - 12 | Curr./Exams: Primary Years Program/International General Certificate of Secondary Education/IB | Enrollment: 202 | Nationalities: 25+
Among the international schools in the Greater Berlin area, this is the only one presently offering a full international program from Nursery to Grade 12 including the International Baccalaureate. It attracts international and German families because of its experience with the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, the International General Certificate of Secondary Education and the International Baccalaureate Programme. BPIS is located on a large campus just outside Berlin, north of Potsdam. School busses connect it with the residential areas of Potsdam and Berlin. Its setting, in a park on a peninsula, is ideal for outdoor pursuits, such as sailing and cross-country running.

Berlin British School
Dickensweg 17, 14055 Berlin - Charlottenburg | Tel: 304 2205, Fax: no fax | S-Bahn Olympia Stadion | Director: Gary Benfield

Berlin International School
Körnerstrasse 11, 12169 Berlin - Steglitz | Tel: 790 00 70, Fax: 79 00 03 79 | U9 Schloßstrasse | Director: Andreas Wegener | Grades: K - 11 | Curr./Exams: International | Enrollment: 180 | Nationalities: 32 |
The Berlin International School was founded in 1998 as a branch of a long-existing private school, the Private Kant-Schule. The school is planning to be the first to offer students a combination of the IB and the German Abitur, required for admission into a German university. Its location in Steglitz allows easy access by public transportation or by car and is just minutes away from the residential areas for many international parents. More international students enrolled in BIS than any other school in the area for the school year 1999/2000, a result of the government's move into Berlin this summer. Berlin International School has modern facilities and well-equipped classrooms.

British International School Berlin
Heerstr. 465, 13593 Berlin - Spandau | Tel: 36 43 98 20, Fax: 36 43 98 21 | Headteacher: Mark Gifford | Grades K -Y 12, 3 - 168yrs | Curr./Exams: UK / IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education)/ A Level | Enrollment: 110 | Nationalities: 20 |
This school is a young school with an unusual history of establishment. In this specific case, an UK company decided, with the expected growth of international students in the area, to make a major investment in the Berlin market. It has allowed for a quick growth of the grade levels from Kindergarten to age 18, including the IGCSE. Several students take A Levels. The program is based on the English National Curriculum, adapted to the needs of the international students. The school is currently finishing a new building on the campus . There are plans, with the expected growth of enrollment, for a downtown branch in the future. The school runs a bus system.

Erasmus International School
Flotowstrasse 10, 14480 Potsdam | Tel: (0331) 74 81 690, Fax: (0331) 74 04 361 |
The Erasmus International School is a new non-denominational private day school offering a complete K - 12 programme. The school had its first intake of students in 2000 (up to grade 9) and plans to begin teaching grades 10 to 12 in September 2001. Students will have the choice of matriculating with the International Baccalaureate or the German "Abitur". The School is planned to grow to a size of 1450 students by the year 2010. Founding principal, Huib de Priester, has a background in international education and was formerly acting head teacher at the Berlin International School.

John - F. - Kennedy - School
Teltower Damm 87 - 93, 14167 Berlin - Zehlendorf | Tel: elementary school office - 6321 5701 / high school office - 6321 5758, Fax: 80 91 29 7 | S-Bahn Zehlendorf | Director: Dr. Darryl Hersant, Principals: Ulrich Schürmann (High School), Charles H. Hanna, Gudula Lennert (Elemetary School) | Grades: K - 12/13, (five classes per grade level) | Curr./Exams: High School Diploma / Advanced Placement/Abitur (German Secondary School Completion Certificate)| Accreditation: European Council of International Schools/New England Association of Schools and Colleges | Enrollment: 1650 | Nationalities: German/US (Most students are of US or German nationality, but there about roughly 15-20% of third country students in the various grade levels, representing about 30 different nationalities.
How many high school graduates can boast Hillary Clinton as their commencement speaker? Founded in 1960 as the German American Community School with 2 teachers and 60 students, it was renamed in 1963 in honor of the assassinated American President who captured the imagination of so many Berliners and Germans. Even after the withdrawal of Allied troops and military mission personnel in 1994, the school is still enormously attractive for German, American and international parents wanting to offer their children a bilingual and bicultural education. While students must choose between the American high school diploma or German Abitur program after grade 10, bilinguality and biculturality are fostered not only theoretically, but through close interaction between students of different backgrounds in the classroom and in extracurricular activities. In the summer of 1999, the school enlarged its enrollment by about 250 students due to the government´s move to Berlin. The JFK school is a tuition-free school as it is supported fully by the government. Its extracurricular program is quite impressive, with 100 or so different activities throughout each week.

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