School Fee Regulations | Phorms Berlin Süd

    Valid from school year 2017/18

    Phorms tuition fees are income related in order to enable as many children as possible to access our educational programmes.

    School Fees

    *Please see arrangement for families with an annual income of less than 50,000 Euros.

    The yearly gross income is defined as all “positive income” from both parents/legal guardians from the penultimate calendar year before the beginning of the school year (2015). An adjustment with “negative income” ( for example, losses from renting or leasing of property) is not possible. Evidence for annual gross income up to 130,000 euros p.a. is needed; either by providing a copy of your tax return (Einkommenssteuerbescheid) or, if you have not completed your taxes yet, by supplying another provisional proof of income (for example, income/tax statements). If parents fall into the highest income category, there is no obligation to provide any proof of income. The school fee is an annual contribution paid in twelve equal monthly rates, which are due for the first time at the beginning of the school year starting on 1 August 2017.

    Administration Fee

    The one-time administration fee is 2.5 times the amount of the monthly Phorms tution fee. It is payable once the school contract has been finalized.

    Sibling Discount

    The monthly school fee for the oldest child in the family has to be paid in full. The second child receives a discount of 25% on the monthly tuition fee, while the third child receives a discount of 50% on the monthly tuition fee. The fourth child and all subsequent children receive a discount of 75% on the monthly tuition fee.

    Loyalty Bonus

    Once a family has been affiliated with Phorms for 5 years they receive a 10% loyalty bonus form the 6th year onwards. When the child has been at our campus for 10 years, the loyalty bonus is increased to 20%. New entries in Year 7 will receive the 10% loyalty bonus after they completed their fourth year; meaning in Year 11.

    Catering

    The participation in the meal programme is mandatory for all Primary School students. In addition to the hot lunch, each student receives a breakfast and a package of school milk respectively as well as an afternoon snack. For children residing in Berlin, the meal programme costs 70 Euro per month. This sum is comprised of 37 Euro according to the assessment of cost on the ‘Hortbescheid’ as well as an additional 33 Euro (Phorms meal allowance). For children residing in Brandenburg, we charge 33 Euro per month for the participation in our meal programme. The meal allowance according to the ‘Hortbescheid’ in Brandenburg deviates from the 37 Euro and should be requested at the responsible municipality. The cost for the meal programme without a valid ‘Hortbescheid’ is 93 Euro per month. This means Secondary School students at Phorms Berlin Süd pay 93 Euro while the same programme costs 70 EUro per month at Berlin Mitte.

    Other Fees

    Additional costs for school supplies, the obligatory school uniform, exhibitions, and class trips as well as voluntary afternoon activities will be charged separately.

    Phorms tuition fees for families with an annual income of less than 50,000 Euro (“reduziertes Schulgeld”)

    Reduced tuition fee rules apply for parents with an annual gross income below 50,000 Euro in 2015. In this case, a separate, legally binding proof of income and assets from both parents/legal guardians must be submitted annually. The scale of reduction for Primary School starts with a minimum contribution of 103 Euro per month (up to max. 448 Euro). For the Secondary School, the school fee is between 103 Euro and max. 603 Euro. Under this scheme, the administration fee is reduced an amount equal to the monthly Phorms tution fee.

    Tax Deductibility

    30% of school fees for Primary Schools and Secondary Schools are tax deductible as extraordinary expenses. This does not include accommodation, Day Care or food charges for the child. Since 2008, a maximum amount of 5,000 Euros has been stipulated. This means that parents may not deduct more than 5,000 Euros per child (30% of 16,667 Euros) from their tax liability for school fees paid (§ 10 Paragraph 1 Clause 9 of German Income Tax Act, Special Expenses). Day Care costs (and parent contributions to Nursery and Pre-School) may also be deductible. The child must live in the household and be under 14 years of age. Two thirds of the child care expenses up to a maximum amount of 4.000 Euros per child may be deducted as operating costs when determining the gross family income.

    Phorms does not guarantee the validity of this information. Please discuss all questions directly with your tax consultant.