John F. Kennedy School
14167 Berlin, Germany
Phone: + 49 30 90299 5711
Fax: + 49 30 90299 6377
+ 49 30 90299 5758
+ 49 30 90299 5710
Fax: +49 30 90299 6868
The John F. Kennedy School is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
|Welcome to the Elementary School at the John F. Kennedy School!|
The John F. Kennedy Elementary School is a bilingual, bicultural, German-American public school situated in the district of Steglitz-Zehlendorf in the southwestern part of Berlin. The elementary school is among the largest in Berlin with five sections of each grade level, entrance class through grade 6. Parents send their children to the John F. Kennedy Elementary School because of the appeal of a bilingual, bicultural education in a multicultural school community. German and American students are taught together in the same classroom with the goal of developing respect, tolerance, and understanding for each other and for the partner culture.
Our Bilingual and Bicultural Program
Language Arts Instruction in English and German
All students begin with formal Partner Tongue instruction in grade 3. The program is designed to accommodate American children or children of other nationalities who have little or no knowledge of the German language. These lessons include oral work and a formal reading and writing program. German for native English-speaking students is taught at three differentiated levels: Beginning (D4), Intermediate (D3), and Advanced (D2). English Partner Tongue for native German-speaking students is taught at one level (E2).
Mother tongue and Partner Tongue Instructional Hours
Third grade students have 7 hours of Mother Tongue and 5 hours of Partner Tongue, while in fourth grade students have 6 hours of Mother Tongue and 5 hours of Partner Tongue. By the time the students reach grades 5 and 6, it is expected that they have a secure foundation in their Mother Tongue, and they receive 6 hours of instruction in each language. Students highly proficient in both languages can also be recommended for participation in Double Mother Tongue. Students who need extra support in their mother tongue may be recommended for additional remedial instruction (reading lab/Leseladen).
Other Subjects taught by the Homeroom Teacher or Specialists
The School Library
Holidays in the Classroom
Classtrips, Fundraising, Student Council
Lunch at School
After School Care