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Questions frequently asked about our school

What organizations accredit 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.

My child does not speak English. 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 language support issues and draw upon many years of experience in helping students quickly acquire English-language skills. Our English Language Acquisition (EnLA) Program equips students to a level where they can participate in mainstream classes as quickly as possible. Further support will then happen within the classroom. 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 a maximum of 22 students. The average class size is ca. 18 students.

Where do you recruit your teachers?

Our faculty members are normally hired at international recruitment fairs, or through a traditional application process. They must be fully qualified in the subjects they teach, provide current references and their teacher qualifications as well as interview in person or via Skype.

Our school prides itself not only on the training and dedication of our teaching staff, but also their rich national and cultural backgrounds. Our staff come from 25 different countries. Naturally all of our staff partake in a regular performance evaluation process and enjoy generous professional development opportunities.

What foreign languages are offered?

At BIS, the language of instruction is English. 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. Other languages such as Japanese, Czech, Dutch, Italian, Chinese, Arabic, Greek and Russian have been offered as parent supported languages. The availability of these language courses depends upon the number of students interested in participating. School supported languages are fully subsidized by the school, the cost of parent supported languages are passed on to parents. 

Do students wear uniforms?

There is no uniform for any class time 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. This uniform consists of a specified green t-shirt and blue shorts. These can be purchased online via an external provider to our school. 

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 (Grades 6 – 12): 8:20 – 15:30
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.

When can we apply for admission?

We accept students throughout the course of the year and has systems to quickly integrate students into their classes at any time. To ensure that spaces are available (some grade levels are full), we recommend you apply as early as possible. Should you have any question please do not hesitate to contact our Admissions team.

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.

How do universities regard the International Baccalaureate Diploma?

The IB Diploma is highly-regarded and often preferred by the world's most prestigious universities. This is the most recognized qualification around the world as it is produces well-rounded, mature graduates who have acclaimed critical thinking skills, are exceptionally prepared for university-level coursework and demonstrate academic persistence. They are more likely to finish their studies and achieve higher grades. Recent BIS graduates are in American Ivy League universities as well as in Europe's most respected universities.