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Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 19
Boarding available
Reviews: 4.5
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 15 students / class
Maximum 20 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: €13,500
to: €22,150
Address: Schopfheimer Allee 10 14532 Kleinmachnow Germany
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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality

German, American, South Korean, Ukranian, Russian, Indian, Dutch, British, Chinese, Israeli

Ratio of local students to international students

70% international, 30% local

Native English speaking teachers

All BBIS teachers are certified, experienced, passionate professionals from all over the world.

Language support for students not fluent in English

In Primary School, we offer specialised EAL instruction and support for students who are developing their English language skills. If your child has beginner to high-intermediate English language proficiency, they will receive English instruction in a small group setting with an EAL teacher.

These classes are designed to help students to develop their language and literacy skills, while building an understanding of the curriculum. As such, the EAL specialists work closely with the classroom teachers, developing differentiated instruction and support to help these students access the mainstream curriculum and accelerate their learning.

In Secondary School, students requiring EAL instruction and support can join our English Language Acquisition programme, which is delivered by an EAL teacher. This programme focuses on developing English language skills, while covering similar content to the mainstream English classes. This means that students study similar literature, cover the same topics, and focus on most of the same global contexts as their peers in Language and Literature courses – while continuing to develop their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

Students can also receive in-class support from EAL specialists in Humanities and Science, as well as in Study Hall. Study Hall is timetabled during the French, Spanish and Drama teaching periods, and allows students to receive targeted interventions, mentoring, support in academic subject areas and academic writing and study skills.

Additional language classes offered by the school

German, Spanish, French, Mandarin

BBIS proudly runs a Home Language programme during the school day (in Primary School) and after school (both Primary and Secondary School). During the programme, we not only focus on the child’s mother tongue, but also build a greater understanding and awareness of their cultural heritage. It’s all part of the IB mission to nurture multilingualism, intercultural understanding and global engagement.

Max. number of students per class


Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Use of technology in the classroom

At BBIS, we are committed to teaching students how to use technology responsibly and creatively. We believe that technology is a powerful tool for solving problems and creating new possibilities, but it is also important to understand its potential risks and ethical considerations. With this in mind, we focus strongly on digital citizenship, and draw on the Common Sense Media curriculum to support students, staff and families.

Promoting STEM education is a top priority at BBIS. Doing so empowers our students to make a positive impact on the world around them and contribute to the advancement of science and technology. To encourage this, our students can participate in a range of tech-related extra-curricular activities, like World Robot Olympiad, Coding Club, STEM Club and Minecraft.

We bring technology into the classroom in many ways – from 3D printers and virtual reality headsets, to coding tools and the very latest in educational robotics. All classrooms are equipped with cutting-edge technologies such as smart boards and Apple TVs, providing unparalleled learning experiences for our students.

Technology is embraced across many areas of the curriculum. For example:
Science laboratories are equipped with a wide range of modern data logging equipment, digital data analysis tools, microscopes and more traditional lab equipment. iPads are also provided for use with FLIR infra-red cameras, to conduct video analysis of various phenomena and access a wide range of school approved applications.
Design and Technology classrooms include computer-aided design (CAD) software and workshops equipped with machinery and woodworking tools, electronics, 3D printer and laser cutter. We also offer robotics and programming lessons where students can learn programming languages such as HTML, CSS and Python.
Music labs are equipped with iMacs and music production software, which allow students to compose, record, edit and mix their own music.
Our podcast studio is equipped with professional-grade microphones and soundproofing materials.

Google Suite used as a collaborative platform cross the school
Managebac as a learning management system
iSams used across the school as information management system
1:1 iPad programme in the Primary School
SeeSaw used for progressive reporting in our Primary School
BYOD (Bring Your Own Devices) programme in our Secondary School
Kognity and CENTURY as digital learning resources

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)


External examinations or assessments available

IB Diploma Programme

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes, for students attending Secondary School.

Approximate hours of homework given


Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

The general pattern is that 85% attend university immediately after their Grade 12, while some take a “gap year” or join military service.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

The Learning Support team, consisting of Learning Support teachers and several assistants, provides instruction that is specifically designed to meet the needs of students with learning challenges within the mainstream classroom.

Learning support offered

Within our Learning Support programme, we design support with each child’s needs in mind. Our goal is to enable students to develop to their fullest potential – as such, instruction is specially designed to meet the student's particular needs.

The Learning Support service is available to students who have been identified via a referral process as needing additional academic support in order to be successful in school. It’s also available for students whose abilities are far above average, and may benefit from curriculum enrichment.

They will vary from child to child. We adapt the content, teaching methodology, or delivery of instruction in order to:

-Address the unique needs of the student that results from a learning difference
-Ensure the student can access the general curriculum in order to meet the educational standards that apply to all students

Our goal is to deliver equitable, inclusive education to all.

Student access to education psychologist

Recognising that every individual is unique, our school counsellors play a key role in customising educational experiences to enhance capabilities, close achievement gaps among high and low performing groups, and support positive choices.

Students, parents and teachers can access our school counselling programme. By providing prevention-based workshops and counselling support for students with specific social or emotional concerns, we aim to make our school a healthy and balanced learning environment.

At BBIS, we believe:
- All students possess the power to manage quality, growth and satisfaction in their lives
- Each student’s abilities, talents and interests should be recognised and nurtured
- All students deserve to be treated with dignity and respect
- All students, through lessons, groups and activities, can be guided to function successfully in a rapidly changing global society

We continually evaluate our counselling service to ensure it is data-driven and responds to the needs of our diverse community.

BBIS school counsellors are trained at a postgraduate level in school counselling, counselling psychology or social work – and have years of invaluable experience helping children, adolescents and their families in multi-ethnic and multilingual learning environments. They all hold membership in professional organisations such as the International School Counsellor Association, the American School Counsellor Association, the British Psychological Society and the UK Association of Solution-Focused Practice.

There are dedicated counsellors for the Primary School, Secondary School and Boarding School, as well as specialist Career and College Counselling.

Entry evaluation for students


Brief description of entry evaluation required

Students will be tested and screened depending on age and language proficiency. This may include testing in mathematics, German (for native German speakers attending a local school), and English (to assess the requirements for EAL support).

Waiting list

There may be a waiting list from some Grade levels.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

We consider applications throughout the school year based on space availability.

Students can join after academic year begins


School start time


School finish time


School bus service available


School provided lunches


Uniform required


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Primary school:

Chess Club
Pottery and Sculpting
First LEGO League
Multi Sports
Kids Yoga
Instrumental Programme
Secondary school:

Duke of Edinburgh's International Award
Pathways to Academic Success
Creative Writing Club
Model United Nations
Varsity Debating Society
United World Schools Club
Role Playing Games Club
Drama Club
Math Club
Guitar Orchestra
Music Soiree
Gender and Sexuality Alliance
Instrumental Programme
And many, many more.

Sports activities included

Our athletics programme consists of competitive and recreational sports, offered over three seasons throughout the academic year.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students


Sports facilities at the school

From track and field to tennis, badminton to basketball, our students can pursue their favourite sports at BBIS. Our sports facilities include:

A full-size artificial-turf field – Our sports field features a six-lane running track, a sand court for beach volleyball, basketball courts, plus facilities for high and long jump, discus and shot put. With floodlights and bleachers that can hold 820 spectators, we proudly host larger tournaments with other schools, too.

The BBIS Sports Hall – With three separate gymnasiums, audience seating and a fitness room, our multipurpose sports hall can be combined into one large space for basketball, volleyball, handball, indoor soccer and tennis. There’s a climbing wall, rings, climbing ropes, wall bars and other professional-quality sports equipment, too. Beyond sport and fitness, the hall can also be used as an auditorium, theatre and concert hall.

Playgrounds – There are plenty of playgrounds and recreational areas around the campus, giving students healthy, active options during their breaks from the classroom.

Grades/ages available for boarding

Grade 9 to Grade 12

Boarding facilities at the school

Our diverse and supportive boarding community is a ‘home away from home’, where students have the freedom to learn new skills, study and socialise with peers and the boarding team. As well as fostering lifelong learning and independence, it’s a place where lasting friendships are formed.

Boarding life is all about balance. At BBIS, while every day is different, our structured schedule includes plenty of free time for extra-curricular activities or further study. And, along the way, students have the support they need to feel safe and comfortable in striving to reach their potential.

Ideally situated in the centre of campus, the BBIS Boarding house is a comfortable and nurturing environment which supports the personal and academic growth of our students. A friendly team of live-in mentors are here to help care for your child at all times.

Our boarding students live in very comfortable two-person rooms, each with an ensuite bathroom. Bedrooms are allocated based on gender, grade and home language; and single rooms are occasionally available for Grade 12 students.

A range of quality facilities are available to all boarding students, with a focus on promoting a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Boarding facilities include:

-A common room, which is a popular space for watching films and simply hanging out
-A games room, full of fun games to enjoy with friends
-Outdoor spaces in our boarding garden, where students can enjoy mealtimes in the summer, play sports and relax
-A conference room with several computers and a student printer, as well as another large flatscreen TV (this space is also used for games, arts and crafts)
-A gym and weights room

Wi-Fi is available throughout the boarding house.

On every level of the boarding house, students are often found in our community kitchens. These welcoming spaces are a place where students can prepare their own snacks and drinks outside of formal mealtimes.

Each community kitchen also includes laundry facilities and student fridges.

Boarding students enjoy their meals together in our central dining room, with daily breakfast and dinner provided, as well as brunch on weekends. The dining room has a family-like atmosphere, and is a wonderful space to sit together with friends and the mentor team to share a meal.

During the week, boarding students have lunch in our school cafeteria along with day students.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

BBIS Berlin Brandenburg International School is a leading IB World Day and Boarding School, based in the capital region of Berlin, Germany.
Offering three IB programmes, we inspire a lifelong love of learning and excellence in a welcoming, supportive environment. Small class sizes, an engaging curriculum, an extensive extracurricular programme and incredible teachers combine to help our students realise their full potential.

While English is our language of instruction, BBIS is a truly international school.

Our students hail from families who come from across the globe and share our values of humanity, tolerance and empathy. Together, we are building a caring, internationally minded community of students, teachers and alumni – people who truly have the potential to leave a positive mark on our world.

Every year, we welcome around 780 day students and around 80 boarding students, from 3 to 19 years of age. These students spend their days developing invaluable, life-long skills like critical thinking, languages and intercultural competencies across our early education, primary and secondary areas:

From ages 3-6, children join our early education community
From ages 6-11, students join Grades 1 to 5 to pursue the IB Primary Years Programme
From ages 11-19, students join our secondary school to pursue the IB Middle Years Programme and IB Diploma Programme
In all of these programmes, we encourage students to be courageous and explore new opportunities, fostering a pioneering spirit that will help them succeed, no matter what the future holds.

Our overarching goal at BBIS is to help students become happy, well-rounded humans.

Our classes are small – usually with fewer than 20 students – so that everyone receives individual attention and support. Beyond the classroom, collaboration and cooperation between staff, students, parents and the wider community is very important to us.

Growing up is not easy, but we understand the challenges and changes that occur. We support our students with dedicated, caring professionals at every step of the way. This nurturing approach – coupled with 24/7 security and a strong child-protection policy – makes BBIS a safe and supportive environment for your child.

Teaching approach of the school

BBIS views education as more than the acquisition of knowledge. Equally important to learning and living in a complex world are the skills gained through the process of inquiry, discovery, application, and creativity. The school’s commitment to academic excellence is matched by a belief in educating the whole person. Therefore, the curriculum provides both academic stimulation and a wide variety of educational experiences beyond the classroom.


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