Middle Years (Ages 11 - 16)
Personal, social and academic development
Our Middle Years Programme focuses on academic challenge and the development of life skills for students at a critical phase of personal development. This programme affords students spaces to explore their interests and find their voice, while preparing for the demands of their final two years of school in the Diploma Programme.
These years are devoted to supporting students as they define what they are good at and where they want to go into the next phase of their life journey.
We exercise creativity and flexibility in working with students and responding to their individual development.
At the end of Grade 10, students have completed the equivalent of first two years of high school in the United States, the GCSE years in Great Britain and Mittlere Reife in Germany.
Connecting classroom learning to the greater world
Students in Grades 6 - 8 study English, German, Mathematics, Sciences, Humanities, Physical Education, Design and the Arts to achieve a sound core of broad-based learning. Optional courses empower them to explore their interests and passions. Students in Grades 9 - 10 begin to narrow their course choices, with an eye to their strengths and what they need to achieve for university entrance or career goals.
Our curriculum is based on the educational practice of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. It encompasses the traditional school subjects mentioned above, while putting subject matter into global contexts. Our students are challenged to explore larger issues by connecting to relevant concepts and think beyond mere facts and figures.
MYP students appreciate their role in the greater world outside of their own personal microcosms and national perspectives. Our students are confident in their ability to affect positive change and well aware of their obligation as global citizens to do so.
Our MYP students are not passive consumers of facts and knowledge. Memorization is not the key to growth or success. This can be a big change and a big challenge, as students take increasing responsibility for their own learning and choices.
To support this, great emphasis in the MYP is placed on developing executive, collaborative, critical thinking, and intercultural skills. At the same time, we value student well-being and support students in developing healthy lifestyle and mental health habits. This holistic approach to student development is how BIS students get to their unique highest level of achievement and personal satisfaction. And it helps to keep the fun and joy of learning alive.
If you are interested in more information about our Middle Years Programme, please contact Cijith Jacob, MYP Coordinator.
BIS is proud to be a 'Leading MYP eAssessment School'. Our success, as one of the pioneering schools to introduce our Grade 10 students to online exams.
In Ready for Change, we are delighted to share our story.
VIRGINIA READE, SECONDARY ENGLISH TEACHER
Like many of our students, Virginia is a "third culture kid” with an American mother and Irish father and having grown up in the United Kingdom. This is why she feels at home in International Schools. She has been a teacher in 2008.
In addition to teaching at BIS, Virginia also works with our Equality Alliance to advocate for, and be an ally to, historically marginalised communities and to promote Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion.
RICHARD KENNEDY, DESIGN TEACHER
As a Design teacher, Rick is able to draw on more than 20 years of work experience as a carpenter and builder of musical instruments before earning his teaching certificate and Masters in Education.
Design gives students hands-on, practical experience with tools starting with hammers and saws and leading to 3-D printers. Our Design lab is also open during lunch and after school. Students may stop by if they need extra time for their assignments, or if they just love to work with their hands.
What Secondary students are working on this year
Mittlere Reife (Schulabschluss)
BIS students may choose to have their eAssessment results recognized as an equivalent to the Mittlere Reife in Germany. In order to convert these to the Mittlere Reife, BIS students must present their results to school authorities in Cologne.
Bezirksregierung Köln - Zeugnisanerkennungsstelle
All requirements to fulfill the criteria for the Mittlere Reife are met in the compulsory BIS programme. Outlined below you can find the definitive version in German.