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Accreditation

Regular accreditation by well-respected international organisations assures families that our school provides high-quality education, is bench-marked against international standards and keeps pace with evolving educational best practice.

Bonn International School is accredited by three prominent institutions: the International Baccalaureate organization (IB), the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), and the Council of International Schools (CIS). To achieve accreditation from each of these institutions, BIS carries out an in-depth self-study, receives on-site scrutiny from teams of external professional auditors, and must demonstrate the quality and breadth of its educational programming. Each of the accrediting organisations reviews and evaluates BIS in the following areas:

  • philosophy and objectives
  • curriculum
  • governance and management
  • staff
  • student support services
  • resources
  • students and community life

In order to maintain accreditation from the International Baccalaureate, Bonn International School participates in a 5-year review cycle. NEASC and CIS require reports at 5-year intervals and evaluation visits at regular intervals.

Accreditation Reports 2014

In March 2014, BIS underwent its five year accreditation audit. Officials from the three auditing organisations visited the school and examined its systems and processes. The results were overwhelmingly positive. During the 2017-2018, BIS will execute an extensive self-audit and prepare the documentation forming the basis of the IB accreditation visit in the following school year.

Please refer to the summaries and report below for an overview of our accomplishments in the last five years and areas where we can make further improvements.

This is a comment from the comprehensive notes:

Bonn International School continues to be a source of pride and attraction to the greater Bonn community.

 BIS is very highly regarded for its quality of education, for its accepted and celebrated diversity, and for the strong ties nurtured and sustained between faculty and students and families. Its Mission Statement is so much more than a placard adorning classroom walls or lobbies – it is guiding and living document. Its continued efforts to further strengthen the IB programmes, its commitment to foster and enhance high quality teaching and learning, its drive to develop 21st century learners and educators, and a genuine sense of support and caring in an attractive and stimulating environment, all contribute to its outstanding school culture.

Full reports:

Council of International Schools Accreditation Report Summary 2014

New England Association of Schools and Colleges Accreditation Report Summary 2014

IB Report

Please note that this report is divided into PYP, MYP and DP sections. Each section begins with ‘Matters to be addressed’ and then follows with individual findings, which are listed as either a ‘Commendation’ or ‘Recommendation’.