Abitur or High School Diploma

The German Abitur is awarded after successful completion of the Abitur program which begins in grade 11 and continues through Grade 12, ending with written and oral exams in 5 chosen subjects. The Abitur is recognized for admission to German and European universities and is also recognized by American colleges and universities. For more information, click here or visit the Transition Information page and choose “Grade 10 to 11 – Abitur Track”.

US High School Diploma
The US High School Diploma is awarded after completion of the required number of credits and specific courses after grade 12. The JFKS diploma is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and is recognized in the admissions process by universities and colleges in the United States and Canada as well as US universities overseas. The combination of the High School Diploma and specific AP exam scores may allow students to enter German and other global universities.

Advanced Placement Program
This program offers 11th and 12th graders the opportunity to receive college or university credits in specific subject areas during their time at JFKS. The AP exams are administered in May of each year. According to the performance on the exam, students may receive college or university credits, advanced placement or exemption from certain prerequisites at several colleges and universities. The combination of the High School Diploma and APs in specific areas also allows students to enter German and other European universities. See the “College Planning” document below for further information.

Advanced Placement International Diploma (APID)
The AP International Diploma (APID) is a globally recognized certificate awarded to students who display exceptional achievement across a variety of disciplines. Available to international students attending secondary schools outside the U.S. the APID certifies outstanding academic excellence with a global perspective. (Note: it is not a substitute for a High School Diploma.) Students don’t need to apply for the APID; it’s automatically awarded in the year all eligibility requirements are met. The College Board notifies students by email after the award has been conferred. If you would like to read further about requirements please visit this link:

Information for JFKS:

College Planning for Abitur and Diploma Students (PDF)
Abitur vs. Diploma (PDF)


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Abitur and HS Diploma

With all questions regarding the Abitur and HS Diploma programs please contact:

HS and College Counselor
Location: Haus Reil

Pedagogical Coordinators
Location: HS – White Building

Patty Krüger, W115

Phone +49-30-90299 6577

Katalin Aust, W116

Phone +49-30-90299 6575