Berlin
International curriculum
Ages 3 to 18

Berlin Brandenburg International School

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CurriculumInternational
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
BilingualNo
International Baccalaureate Yes
First year fees: €19,500

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Number of nationalities represented in the school

60

Max. number of students per class

18

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Native speaking teachers (in language of instruction)

All BBIS teachers are certified, experienced, passionate professionals from all over the world, but mostly from the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and Germany.

Language support for students not fluent in the school's language of instruction

With the broad international composition of the BBIS student body, many students require assistance in acquiring academic English skills when they first enter BBIS. The highly qualified teachers of the English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme provide English language instruction and educational support to students with limited English skills to enable them to access the academic mainstream curriculum and participate in the cultural and social life of the school. Through a broad programme that incorporates a mix of enjoyable activities and well-founded pedagogical strategies, students quickly acquire the English language skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing which promote academic success.

Additional language classes offered by the school

German

BBIS offer a home language programme which is aimed at providing language instruction and support for the home languages of BBIS students. BBIS will support every child’s first language by finding native-speaking trained teachers, contacting language schools and offering facilities and resources for home language courses. The specific aims of each course vary, depending on the language experience and age of the children. Whereas some students work on general literacy skills, other classes prepare students for university entrance exams in their home country. The school further supports the home language programme with the purchase of books for home language classes and the library has an ever growing selection of books in a variety of languages.

Uniform required

No

Entry evaluation for students

Testing and screening.

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).

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

No deadline.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes

External examinations or assessments available

IB Diploma

School bus service available

Yes

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

The Learning Support team, consisting of three 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

The Learning Support teachers have studied special education theory and are trained in designing individual educational learning programmes for students with learning and emotional challenges. These dedicated educators manage each student’s special learning programme to ensure the curriculum is suitably adapted or modified according to the student’s specific needs. Support is provided to students across all grade levels (EC-12) in a variety of ways and settings including co-teaching in the mainstream classroom as well as pull-out small group work and individual instruction. The school’s commitment to ongoing professional development in areas such as learning challenges, multiple intelligences and differentiated instruction ensures that all teachers strive to meet the needs of the school's diverse student population.

Student access to education psychologist

BBIS employs a school psychologist who is available for psychoeducational consultations. The school psychologist works closely with teachers and other Student Support Services staff to develop individualized plans for each student identified as benefitting from such specific interventions. With a wide network of international therapists and health professionals nearby, in Berlin, the school psychologist can also provide contacts for outside referral, should these be required.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Soccer, sailing, cross country, biking, karate, calligraphy, basketball, badminton, athletics, archery, Human Rights Club, drama, musical mania, Model United Nations, debate club, instrumental ensemble and many more.

School provided lunches

Yes

Sports activities included

Physical education

Sports facilities at the school

Opposite the school buildings is the full-size artificial-turf sports field with a six-lane running track, opened in autumn 2007. In addition to a complete football apparatus, the field also includes a sand court for beach volleyball, basketball courts, and facilities for the high and long jump, discus throwing, and shot put. Floodlights and bleachers with seating for 820 spectators enable the school to host larger tournaments.
The BBIS Sports Hall was completed adjacent to the sports field in the spring of 2008. The impressive facility includes three separate gymnasiums, audience seating, and a fitness room. The gyms, which can be combined into one large space, are fully equipped for basketball, volleyball, handball, indoor soccer, and tennis. Additionally, the hall contains a climbing wall, rings, climbing ropes, wall bars, and other professional-quality sports equipment.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

The Berlin Brandenburg International School is special – it is one of very few schools worldwide exclusively offering all four programmes of the International Baccalaureate Organization. In addition, BBIS provides boarding facilities for students from grades 9-12. BBIS sees inclusive and individual education as the best basis for lifelong learning, success and happiness. 21st century skills like critical thinking, languages and intercultural competencies are key to its curricula.

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.

Summary of prices and fees

School fees, for a twelve year old child , in EUR

Yearly fees: €16,200
When you first enroll your children in the school, some extra fees are applied:
One time fees: €3,300
Total first year fees: €19,500
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Where exactly is this school?

Get in touch with this school

Contact email: teresa.reichelt@bbis.de
School's webpage: www.bbis.de
School's Fees webpage: www.bbis.de/admissions/tuition-fees
Address: Schopfheimer Allee 10 14532 Kleinmachnow Germany

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