General Admissions Information

The John F. Kennedy School (JFKS) is an academically competitive, college preparatory school. Admission is selective and based on previous school records and, where necessary, on testing. All admissions are probationary for one year in the elementary school and one semester in the high school.

The application period are listed here. JFKS admits on a space-available basis at each grade level. With over 1000 applications each year, we can accept only a limited number of applicants every school year.  We highly recommend all applicants look into other school options as well. All applications must be received within the application period. No exceptions!

The Administration does not deviate from the JFKS Admissions Regulations for any reason. Please note that the German language version of the JFKS Admissions Regulations is legally-binding. The English translation is only provided for your convenience. Qualified American applicants are admitted on a space available basis with certain priority exceptions. German and American children who speak the language corresponding to their citizenship at the level of a native speaker, and have at least one parent who has the same nationality as the child, shall be considered for admission to the Entrance Class. Students applying for grades 1-12 must be able to pass an age-appropriate language test. Third national applicants, and those with parents who are neither German nor American nationals, may be admitted only if their admission does not block that of an American or German child and only with the approval of the Educational Directorate.

Please note that the JFKS Admission Regulations are currently being revised. The application period for the Entrance Class and grades 1-12 for the school year 2023-24 will begin on October 1, 2022. Applications and updated admission regulations will be posted on our website just before October 1, 2022. 

Admission to the JFKS is governed by the JFKS Law and by an Educational Directorate resolution (“Regulation of Admission to the John F. Kennedy School”, as amended by Resolution No. 494/228 of March 8, 1988, No. 525/312 of October 17, 2000, No. 540/339 of September 14, 2004, No. 543/345 of Mai 10, 2005, No. 565/377 of September 9, 2009, No. 568/386 of October 6, 2010, No. 573/393 of June 15, 2011, No. 584/411 of November 18, 2014, No. 589/415 of September 22, 2015, No. 591/420 of November 22, 2016, No. 606/435 of June 18, 2019,  No. 607/436 of September 24, 2019, No. 611/445 of March 2, 2021 and No. 613/448 of September 28, 2021of the Educational Directorate of the John F. Kennedy School).


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