Frequently Asked Questions

About BIS

Which curriculum do you offer?

BIS offers the curriculum of the International Baccalaureate (IB), an international non-profit foundation founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1968. This foundation was formed to provide internationally mobile students who wish to gain university entry with consistency in the education they receive as they move around the world. The IB today is recognised internationally for the skills its students acquire and the rigour of its academic programs. IB curricular programs begin for students at age 3 with the Primary Years Programme, continue into the Middle Years Programme and finish with the last two years of education in the Diploma Programme. Today, the IB Diploma qualification carries high regard from the world’s top Universities.

What organisations have accredited BIS?

Since its founding in 1997, BIS has been accredited as an IB World School by the International Baccalaureate organization, headquarted in Geneva, Switzerland. The IB visits and evaluates BIS every 5 years, together with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Council of International Schools. BIS is also a long-standing member of the Association of German International Schools.

Can BIS accommodate students with limited or no English skills?

Yes. Many of our students enter school without fluency in English. Therefore we are quite familiar with problem solving language support issues. Our English Language Acquisition (EnLA) Program aims to equip students to a level where they can participate in mainstream classes as quickly as possible. Further support will then happen within the classroom environment. Students who enter BIS will be assessed for their proficiency and assigned to the EnLA Program if necessary..

How big are the classes?

Class sizes are limited to enable the school’s objectives to be met. The maximum class size is 22. This number can be exceeded at the discretion of the Principal as a temporary solution. The average class size is ca. 18 students.

Where do your teachers come from?

Our school prides itself on not only the training and dedication of our teaching staff, but also their rich national and cultural backgrounds. Our teachers come from 17 different countries. Our faculty members are normally hired at international recruitment fairs, or through the traditional application process.

We employ teachers who are fully qualified in the subjects they teach. Naturally all of our staff partake in a regular evaluation process and enjoy generous professional development opportunities.

What foreign languages are offered?

At BIS, the language of instruction is English, this is a foreign language for many of our students. English Language Acquisition (EnLA) classes are offered to students entering BIS with little or no English language ability. All students study English at a level in line with their needs.

German is taught from Early Learning through to Grade 12, with four levels of differentiation from Grades 1–4. In the Secondary School, students are grouped according to proficiency in line with the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) Language Acquisition and Language and Literature curriculum frameworks. Presently, we divide our students in Grades 5–12 into as many as eight different levels of German.

Spanish Language Acquisition is part of the Secondary curriculum starting at Grade 6.

Our Mother Tongue Language and Literature program in Grades 6–10 allows students to study their mother tongue as a normal MYP Language and Literature subject within the regular timetable. This school year, we offer French and Spanish as school supported languages in Grades 6–10. Portuguese, Japanese, Czech, Dutch, Italian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Arabic, Greek and Russian are offered as parent supported languages. School supported languages are fully subsidised by the school, the cost of parent supported languages are passed on to parents. 

Do students wear school uniforms?

There is no set daily uniform for all classes apart from Physical Education. We expect our students to wear clothing appropriate for a learning environment. During our sports and physical education classes students in Grades 1–12 wear our sports uniform, which consists of a specified green t-shirt and blue shorts. These can be purchased online via an external provider to our school. To order or for further details, please refer to our ‘Sports Clothing’ page on this website.

How do students get to school?

Our students travel to school in a variety of ways. Aside from those students who are brought to school by car, many of our students (both Primary and Secondary) cycle, travel by public transport, scooter or walk.
The school does not offer a specific bus service.

What time does school start and end?

All students start school at 8:20. We expect our students to be punctual. Primary students should report to their homerooms and Secondary students to their advisory groups.

Dismissal times differ somewhat between Primary and Secondary School.

  • Primary School (Early Learning – Grade 5): 8:20 – 15:20
  • Secondary School (Grade 6–12): 8:20 – 15:30
Will my child have difficulty in re-adjusting to our home education system?

If your child transitions to another International Baccalaureate (IB) school, they should have few problems slotting in. With more traditional education systems, your child may find that their knowledge portfolio does not fully align with that of your country. Where in some areas they may be advanced, they may equally have some areas that they need support in.

Students at BIS are challenged to attain high academic levels. BIS graduates are accepted into some of the best colleges and universities around the world with about 95% of them entering university immediately after graduating.

When can we apply for admission?

We invite you to apply at any time during the year. BIS welcomes students who enter BIS at any time during the school term, providing space is available. To avoid disappointment, we recommend you apply as early as possible. Should you have any quesiotns please do not hesitate to contact our Admissions team.

How do I register my child for a place at BIS?

Please refer to the Admissions section to guide you through how to apply, or contact our Admissions team.

 
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