The John F. Kennedy School is dedicated to creating a supportive learning environment for all students, including those with certain special learning needs. The school provides accommodations and resources in keeping with our rigorous dual language program, and as broad as possible within staff limitations. JFKS does not offer a full special education program, and in individual cases it is sometimes determined that the special needs of a student would be more effectively met in a monolingual or smaller classroom setting. However, students with special needs do attend JFKS and are supported with a variety of strategies and resources.
In the elementary school JFKS is able to effectively help students with dyslexia, dyscalculia, attention deficit (hyperactivity) disorder (ADD/ADHD), perception processing disorders and milder forms of Asperger Syndrome/Autism Spectrum Disorder. The school is also able to serve hearing- and sight-impaired or physically- or mentally-handicapped students, if outside support is provided by the school district, the child’s parents, the health insurance company or the employer of the child’s parents.
Staff and Program Development
It is a JFKS goal to provide improved services for students with special needs due to increased recognition of the importance of integration in German public schools. This is also in accordance with the mandate of the Berlin School Law to help all students reach their full learning potential. JFKS provides regular and ongoing professional development opportunities for its teachers in the areas of special learning needs, differentiation of instruction and use of the most up to date ways to support these students. The school has also sought and received additional funding from the Office of Overseas Schools to broaden its special needs program.