Founded: 1997 and celebrating its official 20th anniversary this year. BIS is a result of the merger of the former Bonn American High School, American Elementary School and British High School. The roots of these three schools in Bonn, however, go back 65 years and draw on a much longer history, making BIS one of the oldest schools in the city.
Enrollment for 2017-2018: 700 students anticipated, age ranging from 3 to 19 years.
Last year our students came from 75 different countries and enrichched our school with more than 40 languages. The largest groups represented in BIS during the 2016-2017 school year were from Germany, the United States of America, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, China, India and the Netherlands.
Curriculum: IB World School, one of a select number of schools world wide with the privileged authorisation to run the Primary Years (PYP), Middle Years (MYP) and Diploma Programmes (DP). Fully accredited by the International Baccalaureate Organization, Council of International Schools and New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Technology: More than 350 computers and 600 iPads are used in classrooms from Early Learning 3/4 to Grade 8. Two computer labs, two laptop carts, a Media Centre full of computers, laptops and iPads, internet resources and interactive whiteboards or AppleTV/Beamer setups in every classroom; all Apple platform. A BYOD program in Grades 9 - 12 is in place so that students bring their own laptops, preparing them for the laptop maintenance, responsibility and organization needed for university and beyond. An ICT Systems Manager, ICT Database Coordinator and the ICT Technician collaborate with students and staff to optimize and support learning.
Faculty: 80 teachers and 11 teacher assistants.
Class size: Average 18 students, maximum of 22 students per class.
Student/teacher ratio: ca. 9 to 1 in the Primary School and 8 to 1 in the Secondary School.
University and Career Advice: an onsite Career and World University Advisor aids and advises students with their higher education choices.
Counselling: Counsellors support both Primary and Secondary students with their social and emotional needs.
Extracurricular Programme: Competitive and social sports, dance, drama, vocal and instrumental music, musical theatre, scouts, TedXYouth, Student Council, Model United Nations, mathematics teams, homework club, science clubs, crafts, etc.
School publications: Fortnightly Newsflash, “Waves” magazine, BIS Yearbook, Facebook and Twitter.