School Fee Regulations
In order to enable as many children as possible to access our educational programs, Phorms tuition fees are income related.
|Gross annual income||Monthly tuition fees|
|less than 50,000 €*||103–448 €|
|50,000 € or more||489 €|
|80,000 € or more||520 €|
|130,000 € or more||716 €|
*Please see arrangement for families with an annual income of less than 50,000 Euros.
Fees are based on the annual income from two years ago, (e.g. for the school year 2017/2018 we look at the income tax statement for 2015). The gross annual income includes all income from both legal guardians in that specific year. It is not possible to set off income against “negative income” (such as loss on rental income or leases). As proof of parents’ income of up to 130,000 Euro p.a., we accept an income tax return – or if this document is not yet available – another suitable proof of income. If parents pay tuition fees according to the highest income band, they do not have to submit any other documents.
The Phorms tuition fee is an annual amount which is split up into twelve instalments to be paid monthly, starting August 1st, 2017.
The admissions fee is 2.5 times the monthly Phorms tuition fee, due when the enrolment contract is submitted to the school.
Siblings receive reduced tuition rates. For the first-born child the full Phorms tuition fee is due. The second-born child receives a reduction of 25% and for the third-born child the Phorms tuition fee is reduced by 50%. For the fourth-born child and any further siblings we offer a reduction of 75%.
After 5 years at Phorms parents will receive a loyalty bonus of 10% towards tuition fees starting in their sixth year. The loyalty bonus increases to 20% after 10 years. For students joining our Secondary School in grade 7 the loyalty bonus comes into effect after having completed four years at Phorms, e.g. starting in grade 11.
In our Primary School, we offer full Day Care from 7.30 a.m. and after school until 6 p.m. During school time our educators assist in the classroom and afterwards they run after school activities and clubs. For these reasons our parents always sign a child care agreement, which covers the supplementary care given and runs alongside the Primary School contract. This contract requires an application for a Day Care Voucher which needs to be submitted to your local district office.
In addition to the Phorms tuition fee parents will also need to pay the parent contribution for the Day Care which is set by the Day Care Voucher (Berliner Hortbescheid). The amount depends on parents’ income, the required Day Care (from 1.30 pm until 4 pm or 6 pm), and the number of children within the family. The assessment of the parent contribution will be done by the local district office (Bezirksamt) according to the “Tagesbetreuungskostenbeteiligungsgesetz” law. If, for example, there is only one child in the familiy and Day Care is needed until 6 pm then the fee varies between 16 and 194 Euros.
From the 2019-2020 school year, afternoon care vouchers for students in grades 1 and 2 will be free of charge. Parents must however still apply for the afternoon care with the youth welfare office (Jugendamt), as with the Kita daycare voucher.
From the 3rd grade onwards, parents will need to make a contribution to the afternoon care voucher, though.
The costs for the Day Care Voucher for Brandenburg residents differ from those in Berlin. For further information please see your local Brandenburg district office. For any other questions please contact our Admissions Team or consult our guidance sheet.
All Primary School students have lunch at school, and the costs are covered by the Berlin Senate through the Berlin Day Care Voucher. In addition, children also receive a breakfast or a school milk and afternoon snack, for which an additional Phorms meal fee of 33 Euro is levied.
For children with a primary residence in Brandenburg the Phorms catering fee is also 33 Euros. However, The costs for lunch are set by the Brandenburg Day Care Voucher and are to be inquired with the local Brandenburg district office. Without a valid Day Care Voucher (“Hortbescheid”), the catering costs differ from those mentioned above.
Secondary school pupils at Phorms Berlin Süd receive a school milk, a warm lunch, and an afternoon snack for a monthly catering fee of 93 Euro. Secondary school pupils at Phorms Berlin Mitte receive only a warm lunch for a meal fee of 70 Euro per month.
The costs for school supplies, the obligatory school uniform, exhibitions and class trips as well as voluntary afternoon activities are charged separately.
Information on special tuition fees is available for parents with a gross family income of less than 50,000 Euros in 2015. In this case, parents must hand in a yearly, separate and legally binding proof, for both of them, of their income and legal estate circumstances. A reduced Phorms tuition fee ranges from 103 to 448 Euros in the Primary School and from 103 to 603 Euros in the Secondary School. The admissions fee would also be reduced to a single monthly tuition fee.
30% of school fees for Primary Schools and Secondary Schools are tax deductible as extraordinary expenses. This does not include accommodation, Day Care or food charges for the child. Since 2008, a maximum amount of 5,000 Euros has been stipulated. This means that parents may not deduct more than 5,000 Euros per child (30% of 16,667 Euros) from their tax liability for school fees paid (§ 10 Paragraph 1 Clause 9 of German Income Tax Act, Special Expenses). Day Care costs (and parent contributions to Nursery and Pre-School) may also be deductible. The child must live in the household and be under 14 years of age. Two thirds of the child care expenses up to a maximum amount of 4.000 Euros per child may be deducted as operating costs when determining the gross family income.
Phorms Education cannot accept any liability for the accuracy of the above information. Parents should discuss all matters directly with their tax consultant.