Nelson Mandela State International School, Berlin
Pfalzburger Str 23, 10719, Berlin, Germany Tel: (+49) 30 9029 23913
Fax: (+49) 30 9029 23917
UK, US, IB, curricula.
IGCSE, SAT, IB exams.
40 students, 5-16 yrs.
The State International School Berlin (now Nelson
Mandela School) was founded in September 2000 by the Berlin Senate. It
is working towards enhancing an intercultural conscience in its students
through the practice of tolerance, liberal-mindedness and flexibility.
It accepts pupils from 5 to 16+ years, covering pre-school up to secondary
school levels. Students aim for the German Abitur, and the International
Baccalaureate. Currently, the school has its first IB and Abitur classes
(11th class). Tuition is free. The school aims to provide a sound bilingual
education in English and German for pupils with a multi-national and multi-cultural
background. The school's international syllabus will enable pupils to
continue their studies in other countries. French and Spanish are also
offered at the beginning of grade 7. Teachers (60% German and 40% native
English speakers) are all certified. The average experience is about six
years. The team is highly motivated and flexible.
Each class consists of 50% native German speakers and 50% English native
speakers. Due to the popularity of the school and its syllabus, waiting
lists are long. German students are admitted by lottery, and the English
native speakers need to pass an English Competency Test at all levels
to attain admittance. The school calendar conforms to the German system.
The school is an all-day school from 08:00-16:10 for all grades. Formal
education is mixed with extra-curricular activities offered at the school,
e.g. woodwork, cooking, karate, spots, art, music, drama, computer skills,
etc in order to achieve a rhythmic day for all the grade levels. In the
school canteen, a hot meal for lunch is available. The two school buildings
in Pfalzburger Street (primary), and in Kastanienallee (secondary) are
located in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, one of the most attractive residential
areas of Berlin and is close to an excellent transportation net. For the
younger children, a private bus-transportation service is available.
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