Application and necessary documents
Download and complete the Entrance Class Application Form. Page 1 of the application includes important information regarding the required documents that must be submitted with the application form.
Please note that only complete applications with all necessary documents and signatures will be processed. Due to the high volume of applications we are unable to remind you or follow up regarding missing documents.
If you submit your application digitally, please attach all documents as PDF files.
See JFKS Application Periods. Once your complete application has been received, you will be sent a confirmation email within 10 weeks. Applications are processed in the order they are received within the application periods, however, the date of submission has no effect on your application.
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.
A copy of the PDF of the JFKS Admissions Regulations can be found here here.
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.
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.
You may attend the lotteries in person but you will be 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.