School Contracts and Fees
BMS contracts are ongoing, automatically extending by a further school year (August 1 to July 31) unless the contract is cancelled in writing. The period of notice is three months to the end of the school year. To support our mobile 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 to the end of the month. Parental contributions to BMS are made up of various component parts and published each year on our website in the Tuition Structure. Families who require financial support for school tuition 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 are compiled as follows
There is a sliding scale of monthly tuition fees calculated on the basis of both parents’ positive income. Tuition fees are payable in advance on a monthly basis via direct debit. Tuition fees are subject to a sibling discount for multiple children from the same family attending BMS.
BMS charges a one-time admission fee for admission to school, grade 1 or above. This is payable upon signing the contract, or if your child is attending the BMS Early Learning Center, the admission fee becomes payable upon entry to Primary School.
Day Care and Kindergarten Vouchers
For attendance of the Early Learning Center, parents are requested to apply to their local district Youth Welfare Office for a kindergarten voucher and to present the voucher to BMS when they receive it. Application forms and a list of Youth Welfare Offices can be found on the Berlin Senate Administration for Education, Science and Research website. Parents of students in grades 1 to 6 are requested to apply to their local district Youth Welfare Office for the supplementary education and daycare voucher from 1.30 to 6 pm and to present the voucher to BMS when they receive it. Application forms and a list of Youth Welfare Offices can be found on the Berlin Senate Administration for Education, Science and Research website.
Analog Media Fee
Berlin Metropolitan School charges an annual fee for the provision of analog teaching materials to students. 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
Berlin Metropolitan School 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, Berlin Metropolitan School 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.
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 Exams
The costs of 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 Organization and the Cambridge Exam Centre) and passed on to the parents. Class excursions are invoiced as lump sums.