Almost 1000 students from more than 60 countries attend one of the school's sections or Kita International, the independent Early Childhood Center (Early Childhood Center for children 3 to 5; Primary School for students aged 5 to 11; Middle and High School for students aged 11 to 18); all on one campus in the beautiful, leafy Dahlem in the south-west of Berlin (Zehlendorf), conveniently located close to the Kurfürstendamm and the embassies around Tiergarten.
B.I.S. is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School and a Cambridge Exam Center and also authorized to offer the IBPYP and IB-Diploma Programme. The school is accredited by both the Council of International Schools and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges in the U.S. and is a SAT Test Center. B.I.S. is also officially approved by the Berlin Department of Education.
At B.I.S., the focus is two-fold: excellence in education and the personal growth of every student. 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 B.I.S. 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.
A strong academic program, centered around the traditional core disciplines, prepares students for entrance into colleges, universities, or other institutions providing tertiary education and training. B.I.S. offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB) and a U.S. recognized High School Diploma. In addition, the school provides courses and learning support services which address the needs of a student body diverse in educational background and ability. More than 90% of the graduating seniors enter universities and institutions of higher learning worldwide.
The B.I.S curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all B.I.S. learners. It is relevant, challenging and engaging, allowing students to fully develop their potential in terms of the skills, attitudes, values and knowledge required to meet their current and future needs. Consequently, inquiry, problem solving, opportunity for creativity and team-working are key features.
Learning opportunities are not restricted to the classroom; the wider world is embraced to further support learning, personal growth and development The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) is followed at the Primary School. The Middle School curriculum for Grades 6 through 8 is based on best practice for this age group from national systems around the world, adapted for an international context. The High School offers a rigorous and balanced program of studies allowing students to progress to the International General Certificate of Education and the IB Diploma.
The curriculum is dynamic and responsive – it evolves, responds and develops in accordance with the needs of our students and contemporary research into learning and teaching, while maintaining the highest international standards. The on-going professional development of our highly skilled faculty is a key resource for improving curriculum and student learning.