|The John F. Kennedy School,
founded in 1960, is a coeducational, bilingual, bicultural
German-American college preparatory public school starting from
kindergarten through grade 13. The school year consists of 2
semesters normally extending from mid-August to early July.
Organization: Unlike an international school, the Kennedy
School is a German public school organized under the auspices of the
Berlin Senat. The Berlin State Department of Education,
Landesschulalmt, is responsible for the overall operation of the
School. A 10-member Educational Directorate comprised of
representatives from the U.S. Embassy, the Berlin government, and
the parent body, functions in a board of education capacity.
Curriculum: The curriculum combines features of both the
U.S. and German educational systems. Instruction is in German and
English, with English emphasized. U.S. students learn German in
formal, daily lessons beginning in grade 3. The program at all
levels is designed to accommodate U.S. students who have little or
no knowledge of the German language. Classes in remedial reading and
math are available in the elementary school. The Kennedy School
emphasizes academic excellence. There is a probationary period
following acceptance for all students, one year for elementary
pupils and 6 months for students in grades 7 and above. The
secondary school (grades 7-l3), accredited by the New England
Association of Schools and Colleges, offers students the possibility
to attain the American High School Diploma and/or the German Abitur.
A comprehensive Advanced Placement program is offered. Newly
accepted U.S. students receive instruction in English in all
subjects except for the German language classes. As their
proficiency in German increases, they participate in classes where
the medium of instruction is predominately German. French, Latin,
and Spanish are taught as foreign languages. Religious instruction
is offered on an optional basis. Extracurricular activities include
musical performances, drama productions, individual and team sports,
student government, yearbook, and literary and newspaper
publications. For older students, class trips are scheduled to
Austria, England, France, Italy and within Germany. The School is
accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Faculty: In the 2004-2005 school year, there are 147
full-time and 32 part-time faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2004-2005 school year,
enrollment was 1,712 (Kdg.-grade 6, 815, and grades 7-13, 897).
Facilities: Located in Zehlendorf, a residential area in
the southwest of Berlin, the School's 6 buildings house an
integrated elementary and high school. The School has 135
classrooms, 9 science laboratories, 3 computer laboratories, modern
sports facilities, 2 library-media centers, a fine arts and drama
annex, and a cafeteria.
Finances: The Kennedy School is a public school. No
tuition is charged.
Dr. John Hersant, American High Principal
John F. Kennedy School
Teltower Damm 87-93
14167 Berlin, Germany