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School attendance is required for all children between six and 15 years of age. Attending school at public schools is free. Payment of a monthly fee is required to attend school at private, chartered, or international schools. Parents choose the form of schooling for their children. There are admission procedures for attending a private or chartered school or a public Gymnasium (the highest level of secondary education in Germany). Children attend public schools according to where they live. You are only allowed to send your children to a school outside of your area of residency when the school in question has an available spot.

You must register your children for school at a school of your choice or at the school in your area of residency. Please contact the respective school director and ask about the application procedure.

Necessary Documents
  • certificate of proof of residence (Meldebestaetigung), to be obtained in the Citizens’ Service Office or the Welcome Center in the Citizens’ Service Office
  • your child’s/children’s birth certificate(s)
  • residence permit
  • certificates of prior achievement in school

School System in Brandenburg

The federal state of Brandenburg has a three-tiered school system:

School System in Brandenburg

Schools in Potsdam

General information on schools in Potsdam are given here (in German only) and please refer here here for an overview of individual school profiles (in English).
Please find an overview of the elementary schools in Potsdam here.
For an overview of secondary schools in Potsdam, please refer here.

Children between the 7th and 13th grades and their parents can also consult the Youth Migration Service (Jugendmigrationsdienst) on the appropriate choice of school.

Youth Migration Service (Jugendmigrationsdienst)
Schlossstr. 1
14469 Potsdam
Tel. +49.331.2370976

If you should have questions or problems pertaining to registering your children at school, then please contact the State Education Authority (Staatliches Schulamt).

State Education Authority (Staatliches Schulamt)
Brandenburg an der Havel
Kirchhofstraße 1/2
14776 Brandenburg
Tel. +49.3381.397400

English-language Schools

International Primary School (Internationale Grundschule)
August-Bier-Str. 11
14482 Potsdam
Tel. +49.331.5812884

Berlin Brandenburg International School
Am Hochwald 30/ House 2
14532 Kleinmachnow
Tel. +49.33203.80 36 0

John F. Kennedy International School
Teltower Damm 87/93
14167 Berlin Zehlendorf
Tel. +49.30.902995711