Entrance Class

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. One combined PDF document per application is preferred.

Application Periods

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.

Legal Requirements

Please read the JFKS Admissions Regulations which impose rules for:

  1. Residence requirement (§1)
  2. Language requirement at time of application (§1.1)
  3. Language requirement to pass probationary year (§1.2)
  4. Application period (§2)
  5. Date of Birth of applicant (§2.1)
  6. Priority applications (§3a-c)
  7. Lotteries for free spaces after priority applications are processed (§4.1.1 and §4.1.2)
  8. Late admissions following withdrawals (§4.3)
  9. Twins taking part in the lottery (§4.4)

The JFKS Administration does not deviate from the Admissions Regulations for any reason. The German language version of the JFKS Admissions Regulations is legally-binding. The English translation is only provided for your convenience.


The 95 free spots in the Entrance Class are split into 47/48 American spots and 48/47 German spots, in order to admit in roughly equal numbers. Priority applicants are sorted into contingents based on mother tongue language and nationality. After priority admissions (§3a-c), the remaining free spots on the American side are filled in one lottery:

  • American Lottery: Applicants have English mother tongue and applicants hold American nationality.

Remaining free spots on the German side are filled in two different lotteries:

  • German Lottery: Applicants have German mother tongue, German nationality, and two German parents
  • German-International Lottery: Applicants have German mother tongue, German nationality, one German parent, and one parent with another nationality (including American)

JFKS is unable to tell you what your child’s chances of admission are, as these depend entirely on the number of applications in any given year and in any given lottery contingent.

You may attend the lotteries in person, however, attendance is not mandatory as 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 shortly after the lottery.

Probationary Year and Language Testing

The first year at JFKS at any grade level is a probationary year. Students in the Entrance Class must pass the language requirement (§1.2) in order to continue into grade 1 at JFKS. Students who do not pass the language test will not be able to continue into grade 1 at JFKS.

Even if your child is admitted to JFKS and attends Entrance Class, you must register with your local school (Einzugsschule) to ensure your child has a spot for first grade in case he/she does not pass probation. Please note that the registration periods for German schools differs from JFKS application periods. If you have questions about other schools or your local Einzugsschule, please contact the Schulamt in the district of Berlin where you reside.


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Welcome Office / Admissions

Annika von Maydell

Please send your applications ONLY to the following email address:

Or by regular mail:

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

Please do NOT send applications by registered mail or 'Einschreiben'! Applications sent to the principals or the ES and HS offices will not be processed or forwarded.