JFKS Policies and Regulations

Teaching and Learning Material Fund
The Berlin City Senate decided in 2003 that schoolbooks would no longer be supplied free of charge by the city schools. All parents now have to pay up to 100 Euros per student per year for needed books and learning materials themselves. The JFKS purchases and lends out the schoolbooks and makes copies, workbooks, and other learning materials available to the students, freeing the parents of the task of locating and buying books and learning materials. The following are the fees that you are required to pay per school year: 40 €  for Entrance Class – 6th Grade and 60 € for 7th – 12th Grades

Illness / Absence
In case of illness, the homeroom teacher or tutor has to be informed of the student’s absence personally or by e-mail on the first day until 8.45 am at the latest (for ES students: please cc to elementaryschool@jfksberlin.org); this has to be followed by a written note at the latest on the third day of the absence. Upon the student’s return to school a written excuse has to be given to the homeroom teacher or tutor stating the length of and reason for the absence.

Student participation in school related activities are marked as “excused” absences. Students remain responsible to catch up on all work missed including homework. They have to make arrangements with their teachers to find out about assignments and if necessary make-up dates for quizzes or tests.

Any leave of absence up to three days can be granted by the homeroom teacher or tutor; longer periods have to be approved by a principal. A leave of absence right before or after vacation cannot be granted by the homeroom teacher but would also need a principal’s approval.  As a rule, however, leaves of absences right before after vacation are not granted. Requests for a leave of absence for longer than three days should be handed in as a letter signed by both parents / legal guardians.

Regular attendance is important for a successful school experience. Any absence for which a proper excuse has not been received during the above period is considered “unexcused” and will be marked as such on the student’s report card.

Please use this Absence Excuse Form for HS Students – it needs to be printed out, filled out and signed by a parent or guardian.


Please click on the following link and read the document regarding the traffic situation around JFKS explaining rules and signs provided by the JFKS Traffic Committee:


Thank you for keeping our students safe!

Wheels Policy

The use of wheels for transportation on the JFKS campus and on the entire ramp is not allowed for safety reasons. Upon reaching the drop arms on each side of the ramp or the back gate, students, teachers and parents are expected to walk their bicycles, carry their skateboards or push their scooters. “Heelies” are not allowed on campus anywhere. Wheelchairs may be used by handicapped people.

Lice Policy

If you are notified by the school of a case of lice in your child’s grade level, please check your child’s hair and head to make sure they are lice free.We recommend applying conditioner on the dry hair and comb the hair with a special lice comb to discover possible lice more easily.

If lice are discovered we require a doctor’s note confirming that the child is lice- and nit-free after treatment. Only then your child is allowed to return to school.

Grading Policies

Elementary School:

Students are graded according to the German (numerical) grading system. The following list shows the equivalent in the American grading system:

 3rd and 4th Grade

1 = outstanding    1+ = A++ 1 = A+    1- = A 95-100%

2 = very good 2+ = A    2 = A- 2- = B+ 82-  94%

3 = satisfactory 3+ = B    3 = B- 3- = C+ 68-  81%

4 = adequate 4+ = C    4 = C- 4- = D+ 50-  67%

5 = poor failing 5+ = D- 5 = F   5- = F 25-  49%

6 = failing 0-  24%

5th and 6th Grade

1 = outstanding    1+ = A++ 1 = A+    1- = A 95-100%

2 = very good  2+ = A    2 = A- 2- = B+ 85-  94%

3 = satisfactory 3+ = B    3 = B- 3- = C+ 71-  84%

4 = adequate  4+ = C    4 = C- 4- = D+ 50-  70%

5 = poor, failing  5+ = D- 5 = F   5- = F 30-  49%

6 = failing  0-  29%

High School:

Students are graded according to the German (numerical) grading system. The following list shows the equivalent in the American grading system:

1 = Very Good  1+ = A+1 = A 1- = A

2 = Good 2+ = A- 2 = B+   2- = B

3 = Satisfactory 3+ = B- 3 = C+   3- = C

4 = Adequate 4+ = C- 4 = D 4- = D

5 = Poor, Failing   5+ = F   5 = F  5- = F

6 = Failed 6 = F

Homework Policies

Elementary School

Entrance Class   None

Grades 1 and 2 10-20 minutes per day

Grades 3 and 4 20-40 minutes per day

Grades 5 and 6 30-60 minutes per day

High School

Grades 7-9 90 minutes per day

Grade 10 120 minutes per day

Grade 11 6 hours per week

Grade 12 10 hours per week

Weapons and other Dangerous Objects

In order to insure the safety of all persons on the school campus, it is forbidden to bring any sort of weapon or dangerous object to school. Weapons include:

1. Fixed knives of all types,

2. Foldable jackknives,

3. Switchblades,

4. Butterfly knives,

5. Gas pistols,

6. Any implement or instrument which could be used as a weapon.

Lost and Found

If you have recently lost something, there are several places you might be able to find them:

Elementary School Collection Point: GR202

All items are collected in the black bins in GR202. Every Wednesday, items are moved into the red closet after a photograph has been taken of every item. Pictures can be found online here: JFKS Lost and Found.

High School Collection Point: W102

All items are collected in W103 with Ms. White-Stein. Every week, items are moved to GR202 (Elementary School Lost & Found) to be included in the online album (JFKS Lost and Found) on Wednesdays.

Gym/Sporthalle Collection Point

All items are collected in the big chest in the entrance area of the gym. More valuable items can be picked up in the gym office by contacting one of the sports teachers.

Email moc.l1501246458iamg@1501246458dnuof1501246458dnats1501246458olskf1501246458j1501246458 if you have any questions.

Please note that any items not claimed will be donated on the following dates:

Friday, April 7
Friday, May 19
Friday, June 30

Friday, September 29
Friday, October 27


Elementary School Policies

Hallway Policy:

Due to the large number of students moving through the hallways only walking is allowed in the hallways and on the stairs for safety reasons. If students are caught running they will be asked to return to their starting point and walk the distance again.

Students are asked to move quietly and speak in a normal tone of voice. When using the stairs, students stay on the right hand side. Bouncing balls in the hallways is not allowed anywhere.

Electronic devices policy:

The use of electronic devices brought from home is not allowed for students in the JFKS elementary school. Upon reaching the front or back gate, students are expected to turn off and put away all mobile phones, mp3 players, game boys etc… Electronic devices used at school will be taken away and given to the homeroom teacher who will return them the following day when a note from the parents has been brought to school. In some cases in the upper elementary school, parents are expected to come to school to retrieve cell phones, when students are using them on school grounds or during instruction.


John F. Kennedy School

Teltower Damm 87-93
14167 Berlin, Germany


Questions about the admissions process: welcome@jfksberlin.org
To submit an application via email: admissions@jfksberlin.org

Elementary School (EC-6)

Phone: + 49 30 90299 5711
Fax: + 49 30 90299 6377
E-mail: elementaryschool@jfksberlin.org

High School (7-12)

American Secretary:
+ 49 30 90299 5758
German Secretary:
+ 49 30 90299 5710
Fax: +49 30 90299 6868
E-mail: highschool@jfksberlin.org