Berlin
International curriculum
Ages 6 to 18

Berlin International School

CurriculumInternational
Age RangeAges 6 to 18
BilingualNo
International Baccalaureate Yes
Avg. students per class -
Max. students per class -
First year fees: €12,470

Fees / Price

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

Yearly fees: €11,670
When you first enroll your children in the school, some extra fees are applied:
One time fees: €800
Total first year fees: €12,470
See full breakdown of fees

School Information

Number of students

820

Number of nationalities represented in the school

60

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

English as a Second Language Program.
The EAL programme at Berlin International School aims to help students develop the language skills needed to participate in the mainstream classroom at their grade level. When students join the school, EAL teachers assess their needs in order to determine the type and level of support required.

Additional language classes offered by the school

French, Spanish, German

Use of technology in the classroom

All areas of the School are equipped with intranet (WLAN) and internet access via dedicated computer labs, mobile laptop trolleys, library facilities and individual computers in classrooms.
The Secondary School is also home to a Creative Arts suite. 21.5 inch screens featuring Adobe CS5 provide Visual Arts students with a genuinely professional design environment.

Uniform required

No

Entry evaluation for students

Entrance exam for secondary students.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

In primary school BIS usually invites potential students for three trial days. Admission is then decided on the basis of this visit. The principal meets the parents and the child to determine whether BIS is the right school choice for the child and, if yes, to determine which grade level the child will enter. Secondary students will need to sit an entrance exam. IB students will, after admission, need to meet with the IB Diploma Coordinator in order to determine the choice of subjects.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

No deadline.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

More than 90% of the graduating seniors enter universities and institutions of higher learning worldwide.

External examinations/assessments available

IB Diploma, IGCSE

School bus service available

Yes

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

While staff and specialists provide support for students with learning needs, BIS does not have the resources or programs to support students with major learning disabilities or physical challenges. Any educational, emotional or physical needs must be noted in detail in the admission application.

Learning support offered

Both in Primary and Secondary, students are either supported in class, or given additional small group or one-on-one learning support by the Learning Specialists.
Within that framework, BIS aims to respond to the needs of students presenting: learning disabilities; social and behavioral difficulties; and adjustment, emotional and psychological disorders. BIS aims to provide an environment that allows students to develop and progress to the best of their potential in an inclusive environment.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

The school provides programs for students with enrichment needs. The opportunities include class placement considerations, classroom accommodations and differentiated instruction, and enrichment activities. The Enrichment Program extends and adds to the regular curriculum of the school by providing academic extension and additional learning opportunities to the identified students. Eligibility for the Enrichment Program is verified through screening, standardized and informal assessments, consultation with the student's teacher and discussions with parents. This is followed by formal identification of the student's eligibility through the consideration of student performance against criteria and specific measures. During admissions families are asked to provide all available academic or psychological evaluations and reports of academic extension the applicant is receiving.

School start time

Primary school: 8:15
Secondary school: 8:45

School finish time

Primary school: 15:10 (Fridays at 13:45)
Secondary school: 15:45 (Fridays at 14:15)

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Music, drama, film instrumental teaching, Model United Nations, speech and debate, student newspaper, cross country, soccer, basketball, tennis, badminton, golf, swimming, track and field.

School provided lunches

Yes

Sports activities included

Physical education

Sports facilities at the school

Gymnasium, playgrounds, PE halls.
In addition, BIS also uses local athletic stadiums, indoor gymnasiums, basketball courts, swimming pools to enhance its P.E. program.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Berlin International School is a leading, non-profit day school offering a comprehensive education program for students aged 6 to 18 in the greater Berlin and Brandenburg areas. BIS is an International Baccalaureate Organisation World School as well as an official exam center of Cambridge University and Collegeboard (USA) and is accredited by both the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) in the U.S. Furthermore, BIS is also officially approved by the Departments of Education of the city of Berlin as Grundschule und integrierte Sekundarschule mit gymnasialer Oberstufe.

BIS is committed to excellence in education and the personal growth of every student. The students learn in a multicultural community where each person is respected regardless of nationality, race, or religion. Students discover the world, its people, and its cultures through direct experience. Through play, study, and the relationships they form, students at BIS learn to appreciate their own strengths and to respect differences rather than fear them. Combined with academic rigor, this experience extends outside the classroom and equips students for success and global citizenship beyond school.

Teaching approach of the school

The Primary School is a warm, friendly learning environment where, in addition to developing the skills and attributes of the PYP, the scope and sequence documents of the PYP are used in all subject areas.
BIS helps its students to develop a sense of themselves as lifelong learners and problem solvers. To do this, students must acquire skills in reading, writing, math and critical thinking. They must also be armed with the ability to become skillful decision-makers and responsible citizens in a global community. The diversity of many cultures is a strength that the school uses to make itself an exceptional educational environment that supports this development.

The BIS Middle School Programme is in place for Grades 6-8. The Middle School program has been especially designed to meet the needs, talents and interests of the young adolescent. BIS believes that the middle school years can be the most productive and exciting of all, despite the stresses of physical change and the uncertainties of identity-formation associated with the age group. Thus, BIS tries to capitalize on the energy, enthusiasm and natural curiosity of emerging adolescents while, at the same time, providing the guidance and structure they need to deepen their knowledge and understanding and to enable them to take increasing responsibility for their own learning.
The High School is designed to prepare students for post-secondary education in colleges and universities throughout the world. Students earn the BIS diploma by acquiring the requisite number of credits in various curriculum areas, described in the Program of Studies, and most students opt to pursue the International Baccalaureate diploma. A full host of academic courses offer students a most challenging program while also allowing them opportunities to stretch themselves by exploring interests in a variety of special areas.

Location

Get in touch with the school

Address: Lentzeallee 8/14 14195 Berlin Germany