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International Schools in Germany

Interested in teaching jobs in Europe? Germany is home to several great international schools. Below is a sampling of some of these institutions.

Berlin International School

The Berlin International School is a private K-12 school accredited by both the Council of International Schools (C.I.S.) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The school’s curriculum includes instruction in International Baccalaureate (IB) and International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) courses, as well as courses in both German and English language arts.

The John F. Kennedy School

Founded in 1960, the John F. Kennedy school is unique in that it provides over 1700 students in grades K-12 with free, public bilingual education. The school maintains a careful balance between German and American instruction, which is part of its general aim to respect cultural diversity. The school’s curriculum focuses on the needs of individual students, and is constantly changing. Admission is highly selective, with preference given to American and German citizens. The John F. Kennedy School's employment page lists the following requirements for American teachers: United States citizenship, three years of full-time recent teaching experience in a U.S. public school, teacher certification in one of the 50 U.S. states or Washington D.C., bachelor’s degree in the field of instruction for positions in grades entrance through 6, master’s degree in the field of instruction for positions in grades 7 through 13, and a willingness to learn German for positions in grades 4 through 13.

Frankfurt International School

The Frankfurt International School is home to over 1800 students from 50 different countries. The school is accredited by the European Council of International Schools (UK) and the New England Association of Schools & Colleges, and prepares students for the International Baccalaureate (IB) examiations, American College Board Entrance Examinations (SAT), and the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). The uses English for most courses, however, several German language classes are available. Students may also choose to take advantage of the school’s First Language Program, currently in Swedish and Dutch, from Grades 2 to 12. The Frankfurt International School’s career opportunities page states that prospective teachers must have valid teacher certification and at least two years of experience teaching, and that teachers with advanced degrees are given preference in hiring.

International School Hamburg

When International School Hamburg was established in 1957, it was the first international school in Germany. Today, the school continues in the present as an elite K-12 school with over 660 students from all over the world. The school is accredited by both the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Council of International Schools (CIS), and has offered International Baccalaureate (IB) courses for over 30 years. While English is used for most classes, the school provides special assistance for students who are not native English speakers. Among the school’s facilities is the Saalfeld Family Library, which hold over 40,000 volumes.

Bavarian International School

The Bavarian International School started in 1990 as a middle school for English-speaking students. The school has since expanded to become a K-12 international school with instruction in a wide variety of fields, including an English as an Additional Language (EAL) program. The school emphasizes individualized study, capping class sizes at 24 students. Over 750 students from 43 different countries speaking 28 different languages currently attend the Bavarian International School. The school has accreditation from both the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Council of International Schools (CIS), and offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. The Bavarian International School's jobs page states that teachers must hold valid teacher certification, have at least two years’ teaching experience, and hold a relevant degree.

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