Phorms Secondary School

We are a bilingual (German-English) private school in Berlin Steglitz-Zehlendorf.

Our Campus: International and Family-like

Our private school in Berlin Zehlendorf is housed in a listed building in the nice and green south-western area of Berlin...

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Bilingual Education

Teaching takes place in accordance with the immersion method, meaning that all content is delivered exclusively in either German or English...

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Getting started in a bilingual school!

In general, it is possible to transfer from a German-speaking Primary School or a German-speaking Secondary School to our bilingual Secondary School...

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Our video shows a typical day at the Phorms Berlin Süd Secondary School. Enjoy watching!


All our students sit exams for the Intermediate Secondary School Certificate (MSA) at the end of Year 10 and the Upper Secondary School Certificate (Abitur) in Year 12. Students in their last two years at Phorms may enroll for the C1 level of English proficiency exam, the Cambridge Advanced English Certificate (CAE), to confirm professional level English for tertiary institutions or future employment.



Does my child already have to speak German and English?

Yes, at Secondary School both languages of instruction (German AND English) should already be mastered at an advanced level (B2 in German and B1-B2 in English).

How does the admission work?

First we need a non-binding registration via our online form. We will then contact you by phone to discuss the next steps, because the admission process varies depending on the year level and the desired starting date. You can find a good overview of possible steps in the admission process under admission procedure.

Can my child transfer from a state school to you at any time?

Yes, we teach according to the Berlin framework curriculum, so that a change in one or the other direction is possible at any time, depending on language skills.

Do you also accept students in the middle of the school year?

Yes, if the admission criteria are met and we have free places.

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Tuition Fees

How much is the tuition fee?

The monthly contributions are based on the annual gross income of both legal guardians. The exact contributions can be found under School Fee Regulations.

My income is very low. Do you have different school fee regulations for lower incomes?

Yes, the normal school fee is aimed at families with an income of 50,000 euros gross per year or more. For families below this income we offer the reduced tuition fee. You can find the exact fees under School Fees Regulations.

I am afraid that the chances of getting a place are lower when I ask for the reduced school fees. Do I need to?

No, admission is exclusively decided upon by the teachers, who at no time have any information about your income.

What additional costs will I incur?

We charge a once-off administration fee after signing the school contract.

We also provide school materials, for which we charge approx. 80 Euro per year. 

Additionally, the children go on school trips every year.

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School Life

How many students are in each class?

Our guideline is 24 children in secondary school. 

How is the fluctuation in the classes?

We teach mostly resident families, so we are very consistent in our student body.

What are the Abitur results at Phorms Secondary School?

Phorms students achieve continously good or very good Abitur results. For a detailed listing of grades, see Abitur results.

Where do the native English-speaking teachers come from?

From all English-speaking countries in the world.

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If you have any more questions that have not been answered so far, do not hesitate to fill in our online application form. We will contact you soon after by telephone and you will have the opportunity to ask all your questions.