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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 American and German educational systems. Instruction is in German and English, with English emphasized. American students learn German in formal, daily lessons beginning in grade 3. The program at all levels is designed to accommodate American 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 American 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.
Faculty: There are 145 full-time and 36 part-time faculty members in the 2000-2001 school year, including 80 U.S. citizens, 99 host-country nationals, and 2 third-country nationals.
Enrollment: Enrollment at the opening of the 2000-2001 school year was 1,672 (Kdg.-grade 6, 803; and grades 7-13, 869). Of the total, 548 were U.S. citizens; 914 were host-country nationals; and 210 were third-country nationals. The U.S. enrollment included 71 dependents of U.S. government direct-hire or contract employees.
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, a cafeteria, 2 library-media centers, and a fine arts and drama annex.
Finances: The Kennedy School is a public school. No tuition is charged.
Admission: Admission is based on past school records and, where necessary, on testing. Qualified American applicants are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis, with certain priority exceptions.
This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. The Office of Overseas Schools (A/OPR/OS) may have more detailed information. Prospective users of the schools may wish to inquire further of A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the-minute information regarding curriculum, special programs and the like.