30 Jan Charles-Dickens Primary School
Founded in 1971, Charles-Dickens Elementary School, also known as the Charles-Dickens-Grundschule, became one of Berlin’s unique and now highly sought after Europe Schools (state-run bilingual schools) in 1992.
The school runs from grade1 to 6 and has both an English-German Europe section catering to bilingual children from international and local families and a German section. In the Europe stream, classes are made up of around 50 percent German children and 50 percent children with English as their mother tongue. All lessons are taught by native-speaking teachers .
Located on spacious grounds between the Olympic Stadium and the Greunwald Forest, the school has fantastic access to public transport and is fantastically equipped with an English-German library, a student kitchen, computer rooms and a large green playground.
The school’s Parent’s Association (a non-profit association funded by parents and friends of the Charles Dickens Primary School) organises free English-language activities including football teams, chess club, arts and crafts and more, to enable children to enjoy a variety of fun and interesting hobbies while practising English.
Applications for admission can be made through the local authority and the school admits children who have English or German as their native language, and their language skills are assessed by a teacher prior to admission.