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Admissions

Admissions Procedure

As an international school, we seek to attract a student population from diverse cultural backgrounds. Additionally, we look for students who bring distinct talents, interests and academic abilities.

BBS assumes that parents who select us as a choice for their child(ren) place a high priority on education and are willing to involve themselves in their child’s school experience.

Native level German and English is a prerequisite for admission. Students must be able to follow a school programme taught in both languages.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to a high number of applicants, admission for first grade in 2023-24 is now closed. Registration for the coming first grade will no longer be considered.

Primary School

The admissions process for first grade begins one year prior to enrollment:

  • For Grade 1 in 2024-25, please register your child on our website between August 1 and September 30, 2023. Any registration outside the designated period will not be considered.

  • We will not consider children born after September 30, 2018.

  • Please note that admission is not done on first-come, first-served basis.

  • Anyone is invited to attend our Open House on September 9, 2023 from 10am to 2pm. School tours last about 45 minutes. BBS parents will be your tour guide, accompanying you through our rooms while answering your questions. No registration is needed.

  • On September 13, at 6pm, there will be an "Introduction: Berlin Bilingual School Primary School" webinar with our Head of Primary School, Andrew Comerford, and our Director of Hort, Sarah Vissers. (Link will appear here in August 2023)

  • Once an application form has been submitted, parents will be contacted by the Admissions Office. The Admissions Committee decides whether a child is invited to a language assessment on the 7th October or 11th of November. A non-refundable fee of 100 € applies.

  • Parents of qualified applicants will be contacted for a personal interview (October until December).

  • Decisions will be emailed to the parents in early January 2024.

Grades 2-6

  • Register online to express your interest or call the admissions office.

  • Parents complete an application form and submit it along with a copy of the two most recent report cards.

  • Parents and students are invited to visit the school for an assessment / visiting day.

  • Parents are notified of acceptance or if they will be put on a waiting list.

  • As there are a limited number of places for grades 2 - 6, we ask for your understanding.

  • For an individual school tour for grades 2 to 6, please contact Melissa Correa: melissacorrea.de@gmail.com

Questions may be addressed to:

Lydia Hubbard-Ford

Secondary School

Grade 7

Step 1: Registration

Register online to express your interest. Registrations for the coming school year can be made by February 28. After this date, individual student applications may still be considered.

Step 2: Application

If the student seems to meet the admissions criteria, you will be asked to complete an application form and submit it along with:

  • The Förderprognose 6th Grade (applies only to students coming from a German school)
  • Report cards from grade 3 onwards
  • Any other supporting material that is helpful or relevant

Step 3: Language Assessment / Interview

Applicants will be invited to a language assessment. A non-refundable fee of 100 EUR is charged.

Parents of qualified applicants will receive an appointment for a private interview.

Step 4: Decision

We will notify parents whether or not their child has been accepted by March 31 at the latest.

Grades 8 - 13

Step 1: Registration

Register online to express your interest. Registrations are accepted throughout the year dependent upon availability.

Step 2: Application

If the student meets the admissions criteria, you will be asked to complete an application form and submit it along with:

  • Report cards from Grade 3 onwards
  • Documentation proving of the student’s second foreign language
  • Any other supporting material that is helpful or relevant

Please note for grades 11 - 13 it is required that the applicant has passed MSA+ (or to hold an equivalent qualification).

Step 3: Language Assessment / Trial Day / Interview

The applicant is invited to spend two trial days at BBS, in the respective class they are applying to. Additionally, they will undergo a language assessment.

A non-refundable fee of 100 EUR is charged.

Parents of qualified applicants will receive an appointment for a private interview.

Step 4: Decision

Parents are notified if their child has been accepted within two weeks.

Questions may be addressed to:

Judith Reuther