Posted: Wed, 29/11/2017 - 17:39

More than 10 years ago, a small group of young enterprising parents embarked on the adventure to found a school for their children, because they wanted them to learn in both German and English, the languages they were speaking at home.

At that time, there was no bilingual school in the East part of Berlin, and so these parents formed an association and in 2007 joined with Pfefferwerk Stadtkultur gGmbH to establish a bilingual primary school. They located a former East German school building, which had been abandoned for five years and went to work on a courtyard knee-deep in weeds, walls covered in graffiti and floors strewn with trash. Parents painted and scraped, scrubbed and discarded, and furnished the building, one floor at a time. That autumn, the first 16 children entered the Berlin Kids International School.

Five years later, the children had outgrown not only the Primary School, but also their school name. In anticipation of the opening of its Secondary School in August 2012, the school changed its name to Berlin Bilingual School.

The original primary school of 16 students in grades 1-3 back in 2007 is today well established, and we are further developing our secondary school. In total the school has grown to about 370 students in grades 1-12, employs 70 staff and comprises more than 30 nationalities.

This year, we formed the joint Berlin Bilingual School Pfefferwerk gGmbH, which brings together the strengths of the Pfefferwerk Stadtkultur gGmbH and the parent association (BKIeV) under one roof as its two main partners.

Over the next few years more exciting things are going to happen: In September 2018, the primary school will move back to its freshly renovated home building in Weinstraße/Friedrichshain, which will offer much improved facilities for our students in years 1 – 6. Also next year, our first students will be able to take the German Abitur.

This year we are celebrating our 10 year anniversary! To mark this special occasion, we invited to our annual community day the original founders of the school, as well as political partners of the district and city administrations to celebrate with us.

Dr. Inga Burgmann-Zamagni

General Director


More BBS News

Open House Primary School 2021

Posted: Wed, 08/09/2021 - 17:26

On 4th September we had more than 200 prospective parents visit our primary schools. Tours were held every 45min by our parents. It was a great day and we hope our future parents got a glimpse about BBS. The Monday after, our head of Hort (Sarah Vissers) and Andrew Comerford (Head of Primary) gave an insightful presentation on our pedagogy. You missed it? Don't worry, please download the file: 


Open House, 4th and 6th September 2021, Weinstr. 1

Posted: Wed, 07/07/2021 - 10:43

Our Primary School Open House will be held from 10am to 3pm on September 4, 2021. Unfortunately, we need to keep the number of applicant parents as low as possible, so we would like to ask you to sign up for a tour here.

The tour lasts about 45min. You can get first impressions of our school through our BBS parents who will accompany you.

Registrations are possible until September 2, 2 pm. Registrations received later will not be considered.

Holiday Hort: Now open

Posted: Fri, 02/07/2021 - 13:49

Our doors are open again! Please, come and join our Hort City. We have fun activities and trips for all our primary school children. We bake, we play outside, we play with water, we have Lego and other great workshops.

Twice a week the children are tested, but at the moment there is no masking requirement inside the school building for staff and children.


Corona Testing

Posted: Mon, 01/03/2021 - 09:48

BBS received more than 1000 Corona testing kits. Within one week we have had several teachers being trained in how to administer the tests. We are now offering tests for everybody on a Friday and/ or whenever they would like to have one. However, this is done on a voluntary basis and an offer for staff only.

Happy New Year!

Posted: Thu, 07/01/2021 - 10:58

Happy new year to our BBS community!

Although we are not back in school in person, we see each other online. At the moment, all classes are being taught digitally via google classrooms. In case a child does not have a laptop at home, s/he can borrow one from school. 

Goodbye 2020

Posted: Fri, 18/12/2020 - 14:10

Dear BBS Community,

Since today is the last school day of particularly challenging year, we really want to take this opportunity to send a message of sincere gratitude to BBS parents, students and staff.

To parents
Without your great support the months between March and June would not have been possible. Your feedback and help in navigating the crisis has been priceless. Thank you!

To our incredible students