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Berlin Brandenburg International School

Berlin Brandenburg International School
Am Hochwald 30
Kleinmachnow, 14532
Fax: 33203 8036 121

The Berlin Brandenburg International School (BBIS) is a coeducational, inclusive English-medium day and boarding school serving the internationally-minded community of Germany’s capital region and beyond. The learning environment is modern, comfortable, well-equipped, and specifically designed to accommodate individual learning needs. The BBIS campus is located in the village of Kleinmachnow, just to the southwest of Berlin, on nearly 400,000 square meters (100 acres) of forested land, on the shore of the Machnower See and the Teltowkanal.

The curriculum is compatible with that in U.S. public and private schools. Founded in 1990, BBIS is the first IB School in the world to be fully authorized by the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization to teach all four IB programs covering the 3 to 19 age range. The School is also fully accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA). Elementary school students follow the IB Primary Years Program while those in middle school study the IB Middle Years Program. High school students have the choice of the IB Diploma, the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC) or the School’s own high school diploma.

Classes are small, usually fewer than 18 students. Specific support is provided for students with special needs and those for whom English is not a first language. In the 2013-2014 school year, there were 98 full-time and 14 part-time faculty members. There were 661 students were enrolled at the school (early childhood to grade 12). During the 2013-2014 school year, the school’s income is derived from regular day and boarding school tuition. Annual school tuition rates range from €10,700 to €17,100. The annual boarding fees amount to €17,800. The school also charges a one-time only registration fee of €3,000 for both school and boarding. The fees must be paid in local currency.

BBIS is a limited-liability, non-profit entity governed by a Supervisory Board of five members, three of whom are required to be school parents. The extensive facilities at BBIS includefour large red brick buildings, a pavilion, a brand-new sports hall, and a sports field (with a full-size artificial-turf football field). These are continually upgraded to keep pace with the demands of the educational and extracurricular programs. The BBIS buildings provide large classrooms for the elementary, middle, and high school, including modern science labs, two fully networked computer labs, two mobile wireless computer labs, a purpose-built design/technology area, art studios, music classrooms and practice rooms, a multi-purpose room, an atmospheric performance and exhibition space, a study room for grades 11 and 12 students, plus a recently renovated cafeteria, a nurse’s office, and a new library with a small additional computer lab. A playground for elementary school students and outdoor recreational facilities for middle and high school students lie between the academic buildings. The BBIS boarding facility, located directly on the school campus, houses 40 international students from grades 9 to 12.

Bonn International School

Bonn International School
Martin Luther King Str. 14
Bonn, 53175
Fax: 228 30854 350

Bonn International School (BIS), serving the Bonn and Cologne areas, educates students from both the international and German communities. The school curriculum is based upon the programs authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organisation. The IB primary years, middle years, and diploma programs are offered to pupils from three to 19 years of age.

The curriculum throughout the School is based on the philosophy and practice of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB). The IB Diploma (DP), Middle Years Programs (MYP), and Primary Years Program (PYP) are fully authorized by the IB, making BIS one of the few schools worldwide privileged to have this status. In addition to optional external IB examinations, each student who completes the school’s requirements will receive a High School diploma. Bonn International School offers students the opportunity to sit PSAT and SAT examinations at regular intervals. Instruction in the German language is required of all students. The challenging class work requires daily homework of all students. A wide range of clubs, activities, community service, and outdoor experiences enhances the curriculum. An extensive music program is offered school-wide. Career and university counseling assist secondary students with planning for the future. The School has trained staff to support students with mild special learning needs. Bonn International School is accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), is a regular member of the European Council of International Schools (ECIS), the Association of German International Schools (AGIS), and authorized as an IB World School. Computers, internet resources, and interactive whiteboards are used in every classroom. Using an Apple platform, the school has more than 300 computers. A one-to-one laptop program was introduced in grades 6 through 8 during the 2013-2014 school year. 

Attending Bonn International School are 770 students, ranging from 3 to 19 years, from 68 different countries. The largest groups represented at BIS are from the United States (18.5 percent), Germany (18 percent), the United Kingdom (10 percent), the Netherlands (4 percent), and Spain (3 percent).  BIS has 79 full-time teachers, 11 part-time teachers, and 15 teacher assistants. Class size is an average of 18 students, with a maximum of 22 students per class. The student-teacher ratio is about 9 to 1 in the primary school and 8 to 1 in the secondary school

The BIS was created in 1997 from the merger of three well-established and successful schools in Bonn: The Bonn American High School, the British High School Bonn, and the Bonn American Elementary School. BIS offers an English language program, including an early learning center (EL) for ages 3 to 5 that complements the kindergarten through grade 12 programs. The school year comprises two semesters beginning in mid-August and ending in the last week of June for a total of 180 school days. Situated in a beautiful campus on the banks of the Rhine River, the school has state-of-the-art accommodation for up to 850 students, a well-equipped media center, two large computer laboratories including several mobile labs, a design and technology center with laboratory and workshop, five science laboratories, art and music rooms, performance spaces, a large sports hall for primary students, a double gymnasium for secondary students and spacious, safe playgrounds and external sports facilities. In addition, the school offers learning support facilities, counseling services and university advisory services. The school offers an on-site catering service. The school does not provide transportation, but public transport is excellent.

Frankfurt International School

Frankfurt International School
An der Waldlust 15
Oberursel, 61440
Fax: 6171 2024 410

Frankfurt International School (FIS) is an independent, coeducational day school, which offers an educational program from First Steps (age 3) through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1961 and the school year runs from August 14 to June 18. The school’s mission is to be the leading culturally diverse and family-oriented international school with English as the principal language of instruction. Approximately 90 percent of graduates of Frankfurt International School go on to universities throughout the world.

The school aims to inspire young individuals to develop their intellect, creativity and character to become independent, adaptable, socially responsible and internationally minded citizens by ensuring a dynamic, inquiry-driven education of the highest standard. The curriculum is international, centered on the programs of the International Baccalaureate with strong emphasis on academic rigor and preparation for university studies, and the development of positive character attributes and useful skills. Instruction is in English. German is part of the curriculum for all students and an immersion program is offered at certain grade levels. French and Spanish are offered as foreign languages starting in grade 6. A first-language (mother tongue) program is also offered in Dutch, Japanese, Korean, and Swedish. English-as-a-Second-Language is offered in all grades with basic proficiency levels expected in the upper grades. Numerous co-curricular activities are available in drama, music, arts, literary activities and sports. The School is accredited by The Council of International Schools and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

For the 2013-2014 school year, the school had 198 faculty members and an enrollment of 1,709 students. These figures include both the Oberursel campus and the Wiesbaden campus. The 16-acre Oberursel campus contains a main building for t e elementary and upper schools and a separate, purpose-built primary school for children aged 3 to 6 years. These buildings comprise over one hundred classrooms, art and music rooms, three libraries, eleven science and five computer labs, a design and technology center, two cafeterias, an auditorium/performing arts center, as well as specialist rooms for learning support and counseling. In  addition, there is a separate block for central administration, several play areas, three gymnasiums, a multi-purpose, an all-weather sports field, and a high-tech arts, science, and technology building. Additional facilities are planned. The School operates a branch campus in Wiesbaden from First Steps through grade 5. The Wiesbaden camp us was completed in 1998 and includes all relevant facilities includ ing a gymnasium, computer lab, library, and play and recreatio nal space. The School's income derives from regular day school tuition and fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: First Steps-grade 4: €20,440; grade 5: €20,650; grades 6-8: €22,570; grades 9-10: €23,200; and grades 11-12: €23,600. The registration fee is €500 for new students. The School also charges a capital assessment fee of €11,000 for students on first enrollment to be paid in two installments, €5,500 each in the first and second year for new students from pre-primary onwards. The reenrollment fee is €300, and transportation costs are €1,780-€2,680. These fees are payable in euros. (All fees are quoted in euros).

  The School is governed by a 12-member Board of Trustees, all with voting rights. Six members are elected by the parents of children enrolled in the School, and five are appointed by the Board from the wider community. A faculty/staff member is elected by the faculty and staff of FIS. Honorary Board members may also be appointed.

International School of Bremen

International School of Bremen
Badgasteiner Str. 11
Bremen, 28359
Fax: 421 515 779 55

International School of Bremen (ISB) is a private, co-educational, college-preparatory, English-speaking school. It was established in 1998 to serve students of the international community of Bremen. It provides an educational alternative to the German State system. ISB is a regular member of the European Council of International Schools (ECIS), the Association of German International Schools (AGIS), and is accredited by the British Council for Teachers (CfBT). ISB is an independent, self-supporting, nonprofit company (gGmBh) registered in Germany. ISB works closely with the State of Bremen to serve the English language needs of the international community. 

Students range in age from 3-19 years. The school offers an international curriculum drawing upon best practices from the UK, USA Australia and the host country with all instruction in English except for foreign language classes. Specialist teachers provide instruction in music, physical education, art, drama, computer sciences and languages. An ESAC (English Support across the curriculum) is offered for those students who need assistance with English. Within the ISB Elementary Section (Early Learning 1-3 through Grade 5) the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is offered. This is a widely recognized course of study that has clear academic benchmarks that set standards for basic skills on which to build an upper level education. All students pursue a broad based academic program guided by the “International Middle Years Curriculum” (IMYC) in grades 6-8. Additionally, three languages are offered Spanish, French and German. Students bringing other mother languages can often be accommodated within the tradition of an International School. We have been able to support Farsi, Chinese and Russian. The students participate in the IGCSE program in grades 9-10 with a culminating examination in May of Grade 10. Completion and success is not a prerequisite to enter into the IB but is used as an indicator of achievement and future success. The IB is a two year pre-university course designed to facilitate the mobility of students and promote international understanding. The comprehensive course of study during grades 11 and 12 for the IB Diploma is designed to provide students with a balanced education. All students are assessed externally by the IBO and if successful are awarded the International Baccalaureate Diploma. 

Our students and staff represent 42 countries from across the world. Class sizes are generally small with an average of 18 students per grade in the secondary school. The student teacher ratio is 8:1. The school year begins in mid-August and ends in the last week of June for a total of 180 school days.  In the 2013-2014 school year there were 49 full and 12 part-time faculty members, and enrollment was 397 students. Situated in a purpose built building within the Technology Park next to Bremen University allows the school, which is state-of-the-art, to utilize the university and Hi Tech facilities of the park. All classrooms have electronic learning tools. Other facilities include a purpose built theatre, dining room, a library, computer rooms and laptop trolleys as well as four science labs, extensive art and music rooms, a dance studio and a double gymnasium. Spacious, safe playgrounds are available and external sports facilities are shared with the University. The school has limited learning support facilities, and university advisory services. The school offers an on-site catering service from 10.00 until 15.00. The school is serviced by excellent public transport. In the 2013-2014 school year, annual tuition rates range from €9600 to €14500. For new families, a one-time registration fee of €1,000 and a one off capital fee of €5000. (All fees are quoted in euros.) 

International School of Düsseldorf e.V.

International School of Düsseldorf e.V.
Niederrheinstrasse 323 / 336
Düsseldorf, 40489

The International School of Düsseldorf (ISD) is a coeducational; college preparatory school enrolling over 1,050 students from about 50 countries in reception through grade 12. The School was founded in 1968 by a group of parents residing in Düsseldorf who wi shed to provide an international education for their children while preserving their own cultural and educational traditions. ISD i s accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, by the Council of International Schools and by the State of North Rhine - Westphalia. As an International Baccalaureate World School it is authorized for the three IB programs: the IB Primary Years Program, the IB Middle Years Program and the IB Diploma Program. 

The curriculum is international and is centered around the International Baccalaureate programs with a strong emphasis on academic rigor and preparation for university studies. The language of instruction is English. Foreign languages taught are: German, French, Spanish, Japanese and Korean. English-as-Another-Language is offered at all grades, starting in kindergarten. Numerous extra-curricular activities are available in sports, drama, music and visual arts. A first language (mother tongue) program is offered in an increasing amount of languages.

In the 2013-2014 school year there were 135 (full-time equivalent) faculty members from over twenty-five countries. At the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year enrollment was 1,025. The school’s ten-acre campus includes senior school and elementary school buildings. Several purpose-built playgrounds serve the recreational needs of the younger and older students. The new senior sports and community center houses several practice courts for basketball or volleyball, two competition-size basketball court, changing rooms, seating for spectators and office and storage spaces. The elementary school gymnasium is fully equipped for younger students. ISD also had three libraries, seven science laboratories, five computer rooms, an equipped design technology room, a 400-seat theater and three cafeterias to serve the needs of its students. Down the road, ISD has soccer fields complemented by changing rooms and a club-house. Please contact the school for the most up-to-date information on fees. 

The school is governed by an 8-member Board of Trustees and three ex-officio members. The first seven are elected by the parents of children enrolled in the school and by the faculty and staff of the school who also have voting rights. One is appointed by the Board. 

International School of Hamburg

International School of Hamburg
Hemmingstedter Weg 130
Hamburg, 22609

The International School of Hamburg is an independent, coeducational day school which offers an educational program from prekindergarten through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1957. The School year comprises 2 semesters extending from mid-August to mid-June. 

The curriculum is an Anglo-American program which prepares students for entry into U.S. colleges and universities and for the International Baccalaureate. The School's testing program includes the College Board tests. Instruction is in English. German, French, and Spanish are taught as foreign languages. An extensive English-as-an-Additional-Foreign-Language program is offered in both the junior school (primary 3-grade 5) and middle school (grades 6-8). Special education support is provided for children with moderate learning difficulties. The School is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Council of International Schools.

In the 2013-2014 school year, there were 90 full-time and 12 part-time faculty members. At the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, enrollment was 715 (PK: 53; K-grade 5: 289; grades 6-8: 160; and grades 9-12: 213).  In January 2010, the school moved to a new premise, in a completely new state of the art school, with double gymnasium and extensive grounds in an exclusive suburb of Hamburg. The facilities include an all weather soccer pitch, modern science laboratories, a large and sunny library with an outdoor reading area, three computer labs equipped with Mac computers, a large performing arts theater, and a separate wing for the early childhood center. In the 2013-2014 school year the annual tuition rates were as follows: primary 1:€9,680; primary 2: €10,400; primary 3:€11,840; grades 1-2: €15,400; grades 3-5: €16.010; grades 6-8: €17,200; grades 9-10: €18,130; and grades 11-12: €18,850. There is a €100 per child application fee. There is a onetime non-refundable capital fee of €7,500 for students in grades 1-12. (These fees are payable in euros.) There is also a site development levy of €500 per student, up to €1,000 per family.

The School is governed by an 11-member Board of Directors, elected for 2-year terms by the Association of the International School of Hamburg. Membership in the Association is automatically conferred on the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the School. 

John F. Kennedy School

John F. Kennedy School
Teltower Damm 87-93
Berlin, 14167
Fax: 30 90299 6868

The John F. Kennedy School, founded in 1960, is a bilingual, bi-cultural German-American college preparatory public school. Students of both nationalities are taught together in the same classroom with the goal of developing respect, tolerance, and understanding for each other and for the partner culture.

JFK emphasizes academic excellence, and its curriculum combines features of both American and German educational systems. Instruction is in German and English, with English being emphasized. American students learn German in daily lessons  beginning in the third grade; in the entrance class and grades 1 and 2, the partner language is taught informally through play and singing. The program is designed to accommodate students who have little or no knowledge of the German language. Classes in remedial reading and math are available in the elementary school, and students with special needs are provided with accommodations, as determined by the class conference. There is a probationary period following admission for all students, one year for elementary pupils and six months for students in grades seven and above. The entire school is accredited by the New England Association of Schoo ls and Colleges and offers students the possibility to attain the American high school diploma and/or the German Arbitur. A comprehensive Advanced Placement program is also offered. Newly accepted students in grades 7 to 12 with no knowledge of German receive instruction in English in all subjects except for German language classes. As their proficiency in German increases, they participate in classes where the medium of instruction is bilingual German and English, or predominately German. French, Latin, and Spanish are also taught as foreign languages. Religious instruction is offered on an optional basis.  

During the 2013-2014 school year, there were 148 full-time and 12 part-time faculty members. Enrollment  was approximately 1,670 (K-grade 6: 820 and grades 7-13: 850). Located in Zehlendorf, a residential area in the southwest of Berlin, the School's six buildings house an integrated element ary and high school. The School has 135 classrooms, nine science laboratories, two library-media centers, four  computer labs, modern sports facilities, a fine ar ts and drama annex, and a cafeteria. The Kennedy School is a public school and as such, there is no tuition.  

Numerous extracurricular activities are available for both elementary and high school students. Musical performances and drama productions are particularly strong features of the school’s program. Students may also become involved in various individual and team sports, in student government, and in yearb ook, literary or newspaper publications. The school hosts an annual Berlin Model United Nations conference. For older students, class trips which promote integration among students are scheduled throughout Europe and within Germany, depending on the particular grade level. Formal student exchange programs take place in the elementary school with Fort Collins Colorado, and in the high school with Fort Worth, Texas.

Leipzig International School

Leipzig International School
Könneritzstrasse 47
Leipzig, 4229
Fax: 341 337 558 96

The Leipzig International School is an independent, coeducational day school which has been in operation since 1992 and offers an educational program from kindergarten through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The school is accredited by the Council of International Schools and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The school comprises three sections: three years of early childhood education for 3 to 6 year olds, an international primary school for grades 1 to 5, and an international secondary school for grades 6 to 12.

The curriculum is compatible with that of US public and private schools as well as other international schools with international examinations at the end of grade 10 (IGCSE) and grade 12 (International Baccalaureate Diploma). The normal range of general subjects is offered. Instruction is in English and there are German language lessons for all students. The school is a regular member of the European Council of International Schools, a member of the Association of German International Schools, and recognized by the State of Saxony as meeting its required standards.

There are about 100 educational staff members, 85 of them full-time. Enrollment is more than 760. The school's income derives from state subsidies, sponsorship, and regular day school tuition. Based on the age of the student, annual tuition rates range from €7,670 to €10,670. Other costs are limited to a €350 administrative fee and the direct costs of field trips and certificate programs. While fees are quoted and payable in euros, foreign transfers are gladly accepted.

The school occupies large premises centrally located and adjacent to a park with a woodland area and a river. In addition to classroom space, the school has its own playgrounds, a double sports hall, science laboratories, an art room, a music room, a library, a lunch room, two computer laboratories, and anauditorium. The school is governed by a 4-member Board of Governors. The head of school and commercial director act as ex-officio members of the Board.

Munich International School

Munich International School
Schloss Buchhof
Starnberg, 82319
Fax: 8151 366 119

The Munich International School is an independent, coeducational day school which offers an educational program from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1966. The instructional program conforms to the frameworks of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IBPYP), the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IBMYP) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for entrance into colleges and universities throughout the world.

Instruction is in English. German, French, and Spanish are taught as foreign languages. The school also offers courses leading to the IGCSE and to the International Baccalaureate Diploma. There is no religious instruction. The school is accredited by the New England Assoc iation of Schools and Colleges and the Council of International Schools and is approved by the Bavarian School authority and the IB office.

There are more than 150 teachers and an enrollment of 1,220 (pre-kindergarten through grade 12). The school is housed in five buildings containing 76 classrooms, two libraries, two auditoriums, a performing arts center with a theater and a gymnasium with three separate gym floors. All of the school's operating income derives from tuition and government subsidies. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK-grade 4: €12,770; grade 5: € 14,600; grades 6-8: €14,600; grades 9-10: €16,020; and grades 11-12 €16,170. The school also charges a capital levy, an IT fee, and busing fees. These fees are payable in euros.

The school year comprises  two semesters, extending from late August to late June. The school is governed by a 9-member Board of Directors, elected for 3-year terms by the Association of the Munich International School, e.V., the sponsors of the school. There are specialized members, non-voting, who serve in an ex-officio capacity. Membership in the Association is automatically conferred on the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the school. The school is registered in Germany as a non-profit, tax-exempt institution.

Nelson Mandela School

Nelson Mandela School
Nelson Mandela Schule
Pfalzburger Str 23
Berlin, 10719
Fax: 30 8639537 19

The Nelson Mandela School was founded in September 2000 by the Berlin Senate with the goal of promoting an intercultural conscience in its students through the practice of tolerance and open-mindedness. It offers a bilingual German and English education to pupils from year 1 to year 13. More than 60 nations are represented in the student body. Pupils may graduate with either the German Abitur or the International Baccalaureate. Unusually for an international school, this government-funded institution is free, creating what is typically a very long waiting list.

The Nelson Mandela School's specific school curriculum reflects its mission and the diversity of the school population. In all subjects, the school ensures the development of hard knowledge, consummate skills and the greatest possible ability to assess and solve problems. Teaching, however, does not just provide for the intellectual growth of students. The Nelson Mandela School subscribes to the ideal of the 19th century Swiss educational philosopher Pestalozzi: ‘learning with head, heart and hand’. To facilitate that, intensive language and communication skills tuition is provided both on an inter-personal and an intercultural level. All classes are taught in either English or German. The teaching of those two languages itself is organized in mother-tongue and partner-tongue classes. Children who are truly bilingual have the opportunity to do both languages on a mother-tongue level. Children who are new to the country and have a working knowledge of English but no German receive special tuition in German to allow them to attend regular German classes within two years. Each class is an equal mix of English and German mother-tongue students. Two class-teachers (one German, one English-speaking) and, in the primary, an educator accompany each class through the school year providing pastoral care as well as tuition. A considerable part of teaching is cross-curricular and does not stop at the school gate: The school takes students on field-trips and excursions, provides them with work-experience opportunities, and is developing a community service program. As a UNESCO school and member of the European Union’s COMENIUS network, the Nelson Mandela School regularly brings together its own students and staff with their peers in other countries. Our network of partners abroad currently includes educational establishments in Australia, China, the Czech Republic, France, Haiti, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Poland and South Africa.

Students come from over 60 different countries. One classroom routinely combines students from countries as far afield as Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ghana, Germany, India, Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan, Poland, South Africa, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States–to name but a few of the nationalities represented in the student body. The school’s staff is just as diverse. Pedagogues from Australia, Canada, Egypt, Germany, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Jamaica, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States teach at the school. Many of them also have a long personal history of expatriate work in other countries all across the globe. The Nelson Mandela School is a member of UNESCO’s Associated Schools Project, the European Council of International Schools and the International Baccalaureate Organisation. It enrols students from year 1 through years 12/13. At the end of year 10, Nelson Mandela students qualify for the various German lower secondary schoolleaving certificates. Students attending the upper secondary section can either graduate with a bilingual German-English Abitur, which can be completed in two or three years, or the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB). As a government-funded school, the school does not charge tuition fees. The IB examination fees and other IB-related costs, however, have to be financed by the students’ families.

As an international school with a global perspective, the Nelson Mandela School promotes especially any theoretical and practical work on the following key aspects: human rights, peace and international cooperation, tolerance and intercultural learning, a fair exchange between rich and poor and a responsible use of the environment. Those key aspects are also the key concerns of UNESCO's Associated Schools Project (ASP).