What are the special features of the Europe School?
- Approximately half of the pupils and teachers are native speakers of the partner-language, be it English or German.
- Half of the subjects (i.e. Geography, History, Civics, Political Science, Information Technology, Biology, Music and of course English) are taught in English.
- Both German and English are taught at native- and partner-language levels in Years 7 and 8 and at native-language level from Year 9 onwards.
- IT is compulsory in Year 7 and is combined with Biology so that the pupils learn to integrate their computer skills with school subjects.
- Physics and Chemistry (taught in German) are offered as a combined subject in year 7 and 8 to emphasise the shared skills between the Sciences.
- In Year 7 French is continued (begun in Year 5). In Year 8 pupils opt for an additional subject in one of the following areas: Latin or Italian, additional Art/Music or Science.
Collaborations and In-House Training of Teaching Staff
Teachers at the SESB (and Schiller) attend special programs such as PSE training and conflict resolution, but also attend conferences and training for bilingual education outside Berlin organised by LISUM (Bremen, Colchester in the UK, Bilingual Biology in Kassel) as well as the LISUM seminars in Berlin. Even with 30 or so schools in Berlin using English as a language of instruction for other subjects, the SESB is unique in being the Berliner State Gymnasium with a comprehensive English-German native speaker profile leading up to Yr 12.
Teachers from the SESB at Schiller and the Sophie-Charlotte Gymnasium have made mutual class- observations and exchanged teaching materials to share the best techniques and methods for teaching subjects such as biology, English, geography and history, bilingually (English-German/German-English).
What else does the Europe School offer?
Exchanges exist with schools in France, Russia, Italy and Great Britain. Excellent facilities for the sciences, music, art and foreign languages and two sports gyms. Modernised computer labs. Cooperation with the Technische Universität, UdK, Deutsche Oper, Haus der Kulturen der Welt etc. Extracurricular activities in the fields of music (orchestra, choir, etc.] art (photography and ceramics), English competitions, drama English Language Theatre Group, debating (English Debating Society), sports (basketball, rowing, volleyball), problem solving competitions, English language cinema visits, cross-curricular projects, webpage construction, project days, theme weeks ... Active, dynamic staff from Great Britain, Ireland, USA, Canada and Germany. All staff have opportunities for in-service training and many are taking part in the Berlin Education Authority’s project ‘Pädagogische Schulentwicklung’. Class trips abroad Work placements in Year 9. Active associations for parents and students. Cafeteria and student-friendly school grounds. Pupil mediation (Schülermediation).