General Admissions Information

The John F. Kennedy School (JFKS) is an academically competitive, college preparatory school. Admission is selective. It is based on past 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, therefore, there are only a limited number of available places 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!

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 nationals, i.e. children 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.

Link (PDF): JFKS Admissions Regulations

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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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.