Choosing a School in Berlin

There is no one 'best school' in Berlin — just better options for your family's particular needs! Learn how the school system works and how to evaluate school choices for your children, with international education expert Dr. Tina Limbird from Linden Global Learning and Support and Expath co-founder Tia Robinson.

Note: This tutorial is FREE.

  • How the German school system works

  • Key questions to ask yourself about your family’s needs

  • Key questions to ask the schools you’re considering

  • An overview of Berlin’s bilingual and international schools

  • When a German school might be right for your children

  • Paperwork and processes for registering for school

  • Special needs, helping your kids learn German, and other FAQs about school life in Berlin

  • Downloadable resource to help you with your search and application process


The city of Berlin's official guide to schools in English (PDF)


Application for after-school care, Hort (PDF)


Application to change schools, Schulwechsel Antrag (PDF)


List of School Coordination Offices in Berlin (PDF)


Database of bilingual and international schools and Kitas in Berlin (XLS download)