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Believe it or not but we have been offered a place at both, Nelson Mandela and Charles Dickens school for my son. I now do not know which one to choose. I do not really have a personal preference and distance-wise it is about the same. There a quite a few bad things posted in this forum about Nelson Mandela school, namely it being chaotic and not very strict. We already had a chaotic nursery so I am a litle weary. I prefer a school that is strict with high academic standards.There were some bad things said about the sports facilities at Nelson Mandela. Can someone elaborate on that? I mean I have been to the school and know space is tight there. Where do they do PE? There are some advantages from a practical point but I want the best for my child. Nelson Mandela has a school bus which would help me a lot in the mornings as I am a single parent working full-time. I know it is expensive but I would be wiling to swallow this bitter pill. Nelson Mandela also offers the choice of Spanish AND French from year 5. Once at Nelson Mandela I am secured a place at a bilingual school for the entire school life for my son. I also heard that the new site at Babelsberger Str. is quite chaotic but I do not know yet which site we were allocated. Charles Dickens only offer French from year 5 but the school is said to have a high academic standard. I also heard it is not guaranteed that pupils transfer to Schiller Gymnasium after they finished primary school at Charles Dickens. I also read that a few years back Charles Dickens school did not have enough English native speaker pupils at some point. I cannot believe that this is still true. I would also like to know if Nelson Mandela is full of arrogant parents (I am only asking I am not saying there are). The secretary was quite arrogant to me once but I think she has left now. One other thing I need to know if there is a big difference between being schooled in the German or English stream? I understand there is only a difference in the first 2 years when the children learn to read and write. My son has one German and one English-speaking parent but he was chosen for the English stream at Charles Dickens and the German stream at Nelson Mandela. I am not too concerned if he learns to read and write in English or German first. If later on he would learn more English in the English stream I would be happy but as I understand Charles Dickens school mixes the classes 50/50. I am happy to hear from parents who can give me some objective facts. I understand that you may vote for the school your children attend. Thanks a lot for your comments