Contract & Tuition

Contract and Tuition

School Contracts and Fees
BMS contracts are ongoing, extended for one year automatically (August 1 to July 31) unless the contract is cancelled in writing. ATo support our international families, we have the option of putting the contract on hold for the period of time spent abroad at the cost of a retainer fee. To accommodate a sudden or unexpected move away from Berlin, we can reduce the period of notice to one month, taking effect at the end of the respective month. Parental contributions to BMS are made up of various components and published each year on our website. Families who require financial support, can apply for financial aid. In cases where family income has a sudden and unexpected change or in the event of a family emergency, BMS will support families with individual and case-specific solutions.

School Fees Calculation  
There is a sliding scale of monthly tuition fees calculated on the basis of both parents’ positive income. Tuition fees are payable in advance each month via direct debit. Tuition fees are subject to a sibling discount for multiple children from the same family attending BMS.

Admissions Fee 
BMS charges a one-time admissions fee for admission at the moment your child enters Grade 1 or above. The fee is due once the school contract is signed and completed. If your child attends our Early Learning Center, the admission fee becomes payable upon entry to Primary School.

Day Care and Kindergarten Vouchers
For students enrolled in our Early Learning Center, parents are requested to apply to their local district Youth Welfare Office for a kindergarten voucher and submit to BMS upon receipt. Application forms and a list of Youth Welfare Offices can be found here. For students in Grades 1-6, parents are requested to apply to their local district Youth Welfare Office for the Hort Gutschein. Please select care from 1:30pm to 6:00 pm on the voucher and submit to BMS upon receipt.  

Analog Media Fee
BMS charges an annual fee for the provision of analog teaching materials. The proceeds are used to provide students with books/specialist texts, lesson materials and equipment in their classrooms, specialist rooms (music, art, science labs, etc.) and libraries. The analog media fee is payable in October each year.

Digital Media Fee 
BMS charges an annual fee for the provision of a digital infrastructure for all students. This includes the availability of and teaching support via smart boards, computers (iMacs, MacBooks, iPads), printers and the relevant network infrastructure. In addition, BMS provides students with various digital materials in the form of educational software (software and apps), access to research, software subscriptions, teaching portals and library software. The digital media fee is payable in February each year.

School Lunches
Lunch money is a contribution towards the cost of providing all students with lunch. It is paid monthly via direct debit in addition to the monthly tuition fees. This contribution towards expenses covers the provision of meals as well as the operating and auxiliary costs, investment and consumption costs associated with providing the meals. In the Early Learning Center, meals are provided in the relevant group rooms and include fruit for breakfast, a warm lunch and an afternoon snack. School meals for Primary and Secondary School students are provided in the school’s own cafeteria and include a warm lunch with a choice of between two and three dishes, a salad bar and an unlimited selection of fruit from the fruit buffet.

Class Trips and External Examinations
The fees associated with class trips and external IGCSE and IBDP exams are not covered by the school fees. Parents are notified of any such costs and invoiced separately. Exam fees are charged by the respective authorities (International Baccalaureate Organisation and the Cambridge Exam Centre) and passed on directly to the parents. Class trips are invoiced separately as an all-inclusive, one-time fee.

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FAQs

What criteria do you use to select students?

The criteria are listed in our Admissions Policy. In general, it is important to us to put together a great school community which incorporates a balance of languages, nationalities, and diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. At the same time, the harmonious composition of classes also plays a role, meaning that the balance of boys and girls is an important aspect. Another aspect is the general support of families for our school program. This is the basis for a constructive, mutually supportive relationship.