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Berlin Brandenburg International School

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CurriculumIB
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
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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: €12,000
to: €19,500
Address: Schopfheimer Allee 10 14532 Kleinmachnow Germany
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Number of students

764

Number of nationalities represented in the school

60

Most common nationality

German, American, Indian, Chinese, South Korean, Russian,

Ratio of local students to international students

30% local : 70% international

Max. number of students per class

20

Average number of students per class

15

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

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 the Primary School we offer specialised EAL instruction and support for those students who are in the process of developing their English language skills. Students who have beginner to high-intermediate English language proficiency receive English instruction in a small group setting with an EAL teacher. These classes focus on helping the students to develop their language and literacy skills as well as an understanding of the PYP units of inquiry. The EAL specialists also work closely with the classroom teachers to develop differentiated instruction and support for the mainstream curriculum. This form of instruction and support is designed to help the students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to access the mainstream curriculum and to accelerate their learning.

In the Secondary School students in grades 6 – 10 follow the Middle Years Programme (MYP). In the MYP, students requiring EAL instruction and support participate in the English Language Acquisition programme of instruction which is delivered by an EAL teacher. This programme focuses on developing English language skills alongside learning similar content to the mainstream English classes. This means that students study similar literature, cover the same topics and focus on, for the most part, the same global contexts as their peers in Language and Literature courses while continuing to develop their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. In addition to receiving EAL instruction, students receive in-class support from EAL specialists in Humanities and Science as well as usually attending 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 also 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.

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)

Yes

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes, for students attending Secondary School.

Uniform required

No

Entry evaluation for students

Yes

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)

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

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

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

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 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 purpose of Learning Support is to enable students to successfully develop to their fullest potential and instruction is specially designed to meet the student's particular needs. Learning Support services are provided to students who have been determined through the referral process as needing additional academic support in order to be successful in school. Learning Support services are also provided to those students whose abilities are far above average who might also require curriculum enrichment.

Student access to education psychologist

The school counselling programme at BBIS is designed to help students, parents, and teachers develop positive learning experiences. By providing prevention based workshops and counselling support for students with specific social or emotional concerns, the school counsellors aim to make our school a healthy and balanced learning environment.

School start time

8:00am

School finish time

3:00pm

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Soccer, 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. 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 is adjacent to the sports field. 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.

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