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 certain subjects. The Abitur is recognized for admission to German and European universities and is also recognized by American colleges and universities.

US High School Diploma
The US High School Diploma is awarded after completion of the required number of credits and specific courses, normally after grade 12. JFKS and, hence, its diploma is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The diploma is recognized in the admissions process by universities and colleges in the United States and Canada and by US universities overseas. As with almost all American high school diplomas it is generally not recognized for admission to European universities except in combination with specific Advanced Placement exams or the required SAT or ACT results.

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.

Advance Placement International Diploma
The Advance Placement International Diploma (APID) is an external diploma awarded by the Advanced Placement Program/College Board upon successful completion of a specific number and specific Combination of AP subject examinations. It is recognized by some European countries and universities for college or university admission. The prerequisite AP courses for this diploma are offered at JFKS.

More information:

AP Brochure (pdf)

2018/19 College Planning for Abitur and Diploma Students (pdf)





Abitur and HS Diploma

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

HS and College Counselor
Location: Haus Reil

Teresa Gebhardt, HR 104

Phone +49-30-90299 6585

Pedagogical Coordinators
Location: HS – White Building

Patty Krüger, W115

Phone +49-30-90299 6577

Peter Wiechert, W116

Phone +49-30-90299 6575