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John F. Kennedy SchuleGermany

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Start date: March 1, 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Fixed Term

The School

The John-F.-Kennedy-School was founded in 1960, as a bilingual and bi-cultural, German-American public school. It offers a recognized American High school diploma as well as the German Abitur.

The school serves about 1700 students in two buildings. The elementary school is made up of grades K through 6 and the high school contains grades 7 through 12. The student body is comprised of 57% Germans, 40% Americans and 3% international students. The school has a faculty of about 160 teachers, including 75 Americans and 83 Germans. The high school is directed jointly by an American principal and a German principal as well as corresponding assistant principals. The high school ranks among the most prestigious in Berlin with five sections of each grade level, grade 6 through grade 12.


The school provides an academically challenging curriculum that combines features of the American and German educational systems. It also provides explicit flexibility to meet the needs of individual students. The John-F.-Kennedy-school offers unique opportunities for a child’s early exposure and contact to the partner culture and language. Instruction is in German and English, with a slightly stronger emphasis on English because of the prevailing German-language environment surrounding the students. All students are assigned a Mother Tongue and a Partner Tongue, which define their language arts program during the school day.

An extensive variety of extracurricular after school activities is offered for all students in all grades. The children thus have the opportunity to further develop their talents in musical, athletic and academic activities.

The City

The city of Berlin offers unsurpassed cultural and recreational opportunities, making it one of the most vibrant and livable capitals in the world.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • German first State Examination or Master’s degree and second State Examination 
  • A strong administration and academic background
  • At least three years of recent experience as school principal or administrator in a public school
  • Experienced as principal or administrator in an international setting preferred
  • Proficiency level minimum C2 of the German language and minimum C1 of the English language is preferred

For general orientation on teachers’ salaries in Germany check the Eurydice-overview on “teachers’ salaries and allowances in Europe 2016-17” (published Oct. 5, 2018)

For more information on the Berlin public sector recruitment and employment conditions check (- only in German)

Please send your application to:

Senatsverwaltung für Bildung, Jugend und Familie, I B 2.08 / 2.09, Bernhard-Weiß-Straße 6, 10178 Berlin

Application deadline November 16, 2018

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More about John F. Kennedy Schule
Type: Mainstream School
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 4 - 18 years
Address: Teltower Damm 87-93, Berlin, 14167, Germany