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Schools in Bonn

The schools in Bonn are very international in character. Classes are composed of a mixture of pupils from about 150 nations.

Many schools provide additional language instruction in German in order to facilitate learning for foreign pupils or native language tuition to strengthen the cultural identity of the pupils. Since 2003 English is taught as a regular subject at all primary schools in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW).

Annotation: In 2003 English tuition at primary schools started from grade 3. Children who have started primary school between 01.08.2008 and 31.07.2021 already have received English lessons from the second half of grade 1. Children who have started primary school since 1st August 2021 receive English lessons again from grade 3. The total amount of time spent teaching English and the expected qualification level at the end of grade 4 remain unchanged.

Students may take the German Abitur or, if they wish, an internationally recognized leaving examination (e.g. the International or the French Baccalaureate). Bilingual courses and internationally recognized examinations are being offered by five Gymnasien (academically oriented secondary school type - four state-run schools and one private alternative school or Ersatzschule). They have all adopted an integrative concept, aiming at bringing together German and foreign students in classes with English or French tuition in numerous subjects.

The Bonn International School (BIS) is an accredited, well-resourced supplementary school for students ages 3 - 18, offering all three programs of the International Baccalaureate and a wide range of activities and sports after school.

Bonn’s oldest international school, the Independent Bonn International School (IBIS), is an accredited Ersatzschule at the primary level and follows the British curriculum.

At Friedrich-Ebert-Gymnasium, for instance, pupils may take the German Abitur, the French Baccalauréat or the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB).

The International Baccalaureate Diploma is also offered at a second public school in Bonn, Helmholtz-Gymnasium at Bonn-Duisdorf.

The French Baccalauréat is also offered at a second public school in Bonn, Hardtberg-Gymnasium.

The schools that do not offer bilingual subject tuition or international leaving certificates place a special emphasis on sciences, sports, music, or feature an abundance of other workshops, projects, and special programs focusing on energy-saving measures, joint research or international cooperation, for instance.

For further information/educational counselling, please contact the following helpdesks:

Helpdesk for school-age children and teenagers with insufficient command of German provided by the School Supervisory Authority for the City of Bonn
Sankt Augustiner Straße 86
53225 Bonn (Beuel)
Ms. Jennifer Martin or Ms. Christine van der Donk (communication in German, English, French, Spanish and Italian)
Room No. 4.08
Phone: 0228 775784 or 0159-01913017
E-mail:  ifkbonnde (english information) (opens in a new tab) (german, english, spanish information)

Opening hours (except holidays):
Until further notice we can only offer our consultation by mail or telephone.

City of Bonn
School Department – Education Counselling Service (Bildungsberatungsstelle)
Sankt Augustiner Straße 86
53225 Bonn (Beuel)
Room No. 1.07, Ms. Pias (communication in German)
Phone: 0228 774384
Room No. 1.08, Ms. Eßer (communication in German)
Phone: 0228 774169

Opening hours:
Monday, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Thursday, 10 a.m. – 12 a.m.

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