Entrance Class

Application and necessary documents
The application consists of:

1. The completed Entrance Class Application Form. The application must be signed by both parents or legal guardians.
2. Copies of passports of both parents and the child as well as the child’s birth certificate.

Please note that only completed applications with all necessary documents will be processed. Please ensure that you have submitted all documents with your applications. Due to the high volume of applications, we are unfortunately unable to remind you if you do not provide all necessary documents.

If you submit your application digitally, please attach all documents as PDF files.

Application Periods
Please refer to Application Periods

Admissions Regulations

  • Please be advised that admission is contingent upon the applicant being registered as living within Berlin’s city limits at the time of admission (see para. I, 1 of the “Admissions Regulations”). For applicants moving to Berlin, proof of residency in Berlin must be submitted before the beginning of the school year.
  • For a pdf of the JFKS Admissions Regulations, please use the following link: JFKS Admissions Regulations

Admissions Process

  • You will receive a confirmation by e-mail that your application has been received, followed by a more detailed letter including information about which contingent and/or lottery group your child belongs to according to the parents’ and child’s nationalities and whether your child will have to take a language test as well as when.
  • According to the JFKS Admissions Regulations certain applicants receive preference (siblings of JFKS students, students with two American parents, US Embassy families, JFKS teachers’ children). All remaining available spaces will be filled according to the results of the three respective public, district-supervised lotteries in April.
  • The three lotteries are:

1. German Lottery: both parents and child are German; the child’s Mother Tongue is German

2. German-American-Third National Lottery: the child and one parent are both German, the other parent is American or a
third national; the child’s Mother Tongue is German

3. American-German-Third National Lottery: the child and one parent are both American and the other parent is German or
a third national; the child’s Mother Tongue is English;

  • A reserve list of 10 children will also be drawn for each lottery.
  • You may attend the lotteries in person, but you are also informed of the results by e-mail. If your child has received a place in the JFKS Entrance Class, you will receive a provisional letter of admission.
  • Upon receiving the provisional letter of admission for your child, please respond immediately stating whether you will accept the space for your child or not.

The language test, administered by an experienced teacher or a JFKS administrator, determines the child’s dominant language (“Mother Tongue”) and into which lottery group the child will be placed.


Welcome Office / Admissions


Questions about the admissions process:

Annika von Maydell welcome@jfksberlin.org


Office hours on Wednesdays (12:00pm to 1:00pm CET) and Fridays (2:00pm to 3:00pm CET)


Please send your applications ONLY to the following e-mail address:


Or by post:

John F. Kennedy School
Teltower Damm 87-93
14167 Berlin, Germany

Please do not send applications to the principals or the ES and HS offices.