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|Language of instruction
|English and German
|Native English and German teachers
|Extra languages (other than English and German)
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|Number of nationalities represented in the school
|Language support for students not fluent in English and German
Extra German lessons bringing them up to partner tongue German level within a period of two years (Deutsch-Anfänger, also called Seiteneinsteiger).
|Additional language classes offered by the school
|External examinations or assessments available
Bilingual German-English Abitur
|Entry evaluation for students
|Brief description of entry evaluation required
Grades 1 - 6: English test
|Deadline for registration (new academic year)
The registration period for beginners (grade 1) is from 05 October to 16 October.
The registration for grades 2-10 as well as Abitur/IB is from 04 April onwards.
|School start time
|School finish time
|School bus service available
|School provided lunches
|Extracurricular activities or clubs offered
The school offers wide range of clubs and activities.
|Sports activities included
Athletics, swimming, gymnastics, inline skating, basketball, football, handball, volleyball hockey, badminton, tennis, rugby, baseball, softball, judo, fitness.
|Sports teams or sport competitions available for students
|Sports facilities at the school
Basketball court, running track, gymnasium.
|Qualities and characteristics best defining the school
The Nelson Mandela School is a public (state-funded) international school in Berlin,
|Teaching approach of the school
All classes are taught in either English or German. The teaching of those two languages itself is organized in mother-tongue and partner-tongue classes.
The school's specific school curriculum reflects the school's mission and the diversity of the school population. Everything NMS does is done with a global perspective in mind. In all subjects, the school ensures the development of hard knowledge, consummate skills and the greatest possible ability to assess and solve problems. NMS teaching, however, does not just provide for the intellectual growth of the students. The Nelson Mandela School subscribes to the ideal of the 19th century Swiss educational philosopher Pestalozzi: ‘learning with head, heart and hand’. To facilitate that, intensive language and communication skills tuition is provided both on an inter-personal and an intercultural level.
A considerable part of the teaching is cross-curricular and does not stop at the school gate: NMS takes its students on field-trips and excursions, provides them with work-experience opportunities, and NMS is currently developing a community service programme for them. As a UNESCO school and member of the European Union’s COMENIUS network, the Nelson Mandela School regularly brings together its own students and staff with their peers in other countries. The network of partners abroad currently includes educational establishments in Australia, China, the Czech Republic, France, Haiti, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Poland and South Africa.