The Nelson Mandela School Berlin is a diverse international bilingual state school for students from grade 1 to 13. Founded in 2000 by the Berlin government, the school is a member of UNESCO’s associated schools project and provides a fantastic quality of education to expat and local German children in Berlin.
All classes are taught in either German or English. Pupils considered to be fully bilingual are taught in both at mother-tongue level, while pupils with a more obvious first and secondary language, who are perhaps new to Germany for example, are given special tuition in order to become fully proficient within two years.
Students in upper-secondary can choose to undertake either the bilingual German-English Abitur or the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. As a state-funded school, the school does not charge tuition fees, however any IB examination and related fees are at an additional cost to families.
The school curriculum emphasises a global perspective, with a myriad of exciting field trips and excursions to ensure that learning goes beyond the classroom. Work experience and community service opportunities are popular with older pupils.
The school is located in the Güntzelkiez locality in Berlin, and is a 20-minute drive southwest from the city centre.
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