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There is no other city that better represents modern Europe than Berlin. Home to people from all walks of life, with a thriving nightlife and cultural scene, the expat experience in Germany’s capital is hard to beat.

For expat families, bars and nightclubs may not top the list of ‘must haves’. But Berlin has just as much to offer parents and children. One of the many benefits of moving here is a choice of excellent international schools.

The public school system in Germany comes very highly regarded. Its standards are set and upheld at individual state level, and international schools are subject to the same standards and requirements. Any of Berlin’s international schools will provide your child with a top tier, well-rounded education. Schools affiliated with the Association of German International Schools or the Council of International Schools - or both! - are the ones to look out for especially.

As a major capital city of Europe, you’ll hear many languages on Berlin’s streets and in its international schools. Bilingual teaching is a common feature - teaching is usually offered through English, German or sometimes both. The International Baccalaureate curriculum along with the German and British curricula tend to be the most common, but you can find schools teaching curricula from just about anywhere else in the world, too.

A unique feature of international schools in Germany is that they often don’t have fixed fees. In most other countries around the world, you’ll pay a monthly or yearly tuition fee that is usually the same for everyone. In Germany however the fees you pay will be based on your gross family income, up to a certain maximum fee which changes per school.

Fees are calculated using various methods; some schools use a percentage of your income or a sliding scale, for example. If you would rather not have to disclose or justify your income, some schools will provide an option to pay the maximum, fixed fee instead.

Many international schools in Berlin are relatively new compared to other cities with well-established expat communities. They also tend to have a higher than average percentage of local students; in many schools, the most common nationality of students is German. For some this may take away from the multicultural aspect of international schooling somewhat, but on the other hand, it also makes it easier for international children to integrate into their new city and country.

Due to the up and coming nature of the international school scene in Berlin, as well as the higher proportion of local students, many parents note that there is a more welcoming, no-fuss atmosphere here than in other cities.

Below, we have compiled our top 5 international schools in Berlin. However, there are another 13 schools to choose from in the city. You can find the best international school for your child by personalising your results. Just fill in your search criteria, and we will calculate a personal score for every international school in Berlin based on your requirements.

Best 5 International Schools in Berlin

Out of a total of 18 International Schools in Berlin.

Based on the aggregated preferences of our users in the last 30 days.

Berlin Brandenburg International School

BBIS Berlin Brandenburg International School is a leading IB World Day and Boarding School, based in the capital region of Berlin, Germany.
Offering three IB programmes, we inspire a lifelong love of learning and excellence in a welcoming, supportive environment. Small class sizes, an engaging curriculum, an extensive extracurricular programme and incredible teachers combine to help our students realise their full potential.
While English is our language of instruction, BBIS is a truly international school.
Our students hail from families who come from across the globe and share our values of humanity, tolerance and empathy. Together, we are building a caring, internationally minded community of students, teachers and alumni – people who truly have the potential to leave a positive mark on our world.
Every year, we welcome around 650 day students and around 70 boarding students, from 3 to 19 years of age. These students spend their days developing invaluable, life-long skills like critical thinking, languages and intercultural competencies across our early education, primary and secondary areas:
From ages 3-6, children join our early education community, which takes inspiration from Reggio Emilia
From ages 6-11, students join Grades 1 to 5 to pursue the IB Primary Years Programme
From ages 11-19, students join our secondary school to pursue the IB Middle Years Programme and IB Diploma Programme
In all of these programmes, we encourage students to be courageous and explore new opportunities, fostering a pioneering spirit that will help them succeed, no matter what the future holds.
Our overarching goal at BBIS is to help students become happy, well-rounded humans.
Our classes are small – usually with fewer than 20 students – so that everyone receives individual attention and support. Beyond the classroom, collaboration and cooperation between staff, students, parents and the wider community is very important to us.
Growing up is not easy, but we understand the challenges and changes that occur. We support our students with dedicated, caring professionals at every step of the way. This nurturing approach – coupled with 24/7 security and a strong child-protection policy – makes BBIS a safe and supportive environment for your child.
Language of instruction
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: €12,700
to: €20,900
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Berlin British School

The Berlin British School is an independent, private international school experienced in delivering an international educational programme to students aged 2-18 from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds in a safe and supportive environment. After completing the IB Diploma programme, students from the school progress to universities across the globe. Students can pursue an education entirely delivered through the medium of English, or they can choose to develop their language skills to a high standard by studying selected subjects in German.
The main purpose of the Berlin British School is to ensure that the young people the school serves 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 throughan engaging curriculum and supportive pastoral programme. The school's community of students has members from diverse international backgrounds, which gives students an opportunity to explore issues from multiple perspectives.
IB, British
Language of instruction
2 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: €10,520
to: €17,136

Berlin International School

Berlin International School is a leading, non-profit day school offering a comprehensive education program for students aged 6 to 18 in the greater Berlin and Brandenburg areas. BIS is an International Baccalaureate Organisation World School as well as an official exam center of Cambridge University and Collegeboard (USA) and is accredited by both the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) in the U.S. Furthermore, BIS is also officially approved by the Departments of Education of the city of Berlin as Grundschule und integrierte Sekundarschule mit gymnasialer Oberstufe.
BIS is committed to excellence in education and the personal growth of every student. The students learn in a multicultural community where each person is respected regardless of nationality, race, or religion. Students discover the world, its people, and its cultures through direct experience. Through play, study, and the relationships they form, students at BIS learn to appreciate their own strengths and to respect differences rather than fear them. Combined with academic rigor, this experience extends outside the classroom and equips students for success and global citizenship beyond school.
IB, British
Language of instruction
6 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: €11,980
to: €16,800

Berlin Metropolitan School

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. BMS offers an education that includes both local and international standards and one in which an inspiring, open and welcoming place of learning can unfold. BMS promotes a culture of openness, respect, joy of learning, and cooperation.
IB, British, German
Language of instruction
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: €9,300
to: €15,388

Phorms Bilingual School Berlin-Süd

Our private school offers a bilingual community in German and English for children and young people from nursery and primary school to secondary school. We are housed in an attractive red-brick building in central Berlin which dates from the late 19th century. Directly opposite our building is Gartenplatz square which provides a green area, a playground and a soccer field. We make use of this valuable space whenever possible to play, relax or do open-air teaching.
We seek to maintain a cosmopolitan, warm and welcoming environment. Our children at the nursery, educators, students, teachers and parents very much enjoy the open and friendly atmosphere we have created.
German, International
Languages of instruction
English, German
1 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.

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