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What are the school hours at BIS?

Students attend school from:

Haimhausen
Monday - Thursday: 09:00 - 16:00 (15:00 for students in EC0)
Friday: 09:00 - 14:20

City Campus
Monday - Thursday: 08:20 - 15:15
Friday: 08:20 - 13:35

 

 

What is the maximum class size?

Maximum class sizes are 22 in Early Childhood and 24 across the rest of the school, with the exception of Grades 11 and 12 where the maximum class size is 18.

What curriculum does BIS offer?

The Primary School offers the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) to students from Early Childhood to Grade 5. The Secondary School offers the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) in Grades 6 through 10 and in Grades 11 and 12 the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP) as well as the IB Career-related Programme (CP).

Where do BIS students come from?

We have students from over 40 nations, with over 31 different mother-tongues. On average our students are with us for 3 years. Every year around 25% of our students relocate.

Are school meals provided?

Two hot menus are offered in our cafeteria each day; one of the choices is always a vegetarian dish. Students may also bring food from home. If your child has a food allergy, a special menu can be arranged.

Where do most BIS families live?

BIS families live throughout the greater Munich area. Those who love having all the hustle, bustle, culture and cuisine of the city right at their doorstep may choose a location in central Munich. They may select a home in Bogenhausen, Schwabing, or Nymphenburg.

Families looking for some place green and peaceful may choose a village or hamlet outside the city, and those with very little ones will often seek a home near BIS. Haimhausen is a very sought after address.

Also very much in demand are towns that lie along the S1 train line, such as Feldmoching, Unterschleissheim, Lohhof, Eching, Neufarn, and Freising. Ismaning (on the S8 line) is an increasingly popular choice for BIS families, as is Garching, which has the advantage of a subway stop on the U6 line, offering a quick and easy connection to downtown and a school bus connection from the underground stop at Garching-Hochbrück to BIS.

How can parents get involved at school?

BIS has a very active Parent Teacher Organisation (PTO). The PTO has two stated goals: to support the school and to support the community of BIS – both the parents and teachers and staff.

There are many different ways that parents can be involved in school life. Many parents support the school in organising social and fundraising events. Our PTO also organises parents who wish to volunteer in the classroom or library or in other ways around the school.

The heart of the PTO is the Family Welcome Committee. Just ask our Admissions Office to put you in touch with a Family Welcome Committee representative.

Zeugnisanerkennungsstelle

Zeugnisanerkennungsstelle für den Freistaat Bayern

Für die Bewertung von außerbayerischen schulischen Abschlusszeugnissen ist die Zeugnisanerkennungsstelle für den Freistaat Bayern als Landesstelle für die Bewertung von außerbayerischen schulischen Abschlusszeugnissen zuständig: als Nachweis der Hochschulreife, der Fachhochschulreife, eines mittleren Schulabschlusses oder des erfolgreichen Hauptschulabschlusses. Die Bescheide ergehen im Namen des Bayerischen Staatsministeriums für Bildung und Kultus, Wissenschaft und Kunst.

Bayerische Schüler, die im Ausland ein Hochschulzugangszeugnis erwerben wollen, sollten sich unbedingt vorher von der Zeugnisanerkennungsstelle über die Bedingungen beraten lassen, die für eine spätere Anerkennung des Zeugnisses in Deutschland gemäß den Bewertungsrichtlinien der Kultusministerkonferenz (KMK) erfüllt werden müssen.

zasty@zast.bayern.de
http://www.km.bayern.de/schueler/abschluesse/zeugnisanerkennung.html

 

Does BIS have any boarding facilities?

No. BIS is a day school and only accepts students who are living at home with at least one parent in the greater Munich area.

Does BIS have a Summer Camp/Programme?

BIS does not have an own Summer Camp/Programme, however please follow the links below for some local and international offers.

Disclaimer
This list of summer camps and summer programmes was created from mailings sent to us by external providers. BIS does not endorse or recommend any of the camps listed, and provides contacts to these external providers for your information only. BIS is not responsible for the content of any of the listed websites.

SportScheck Allwettter
'Sportcamps mit bestens ausgebildeten Trainern, die den Kindern eine unvergessliche Woche bereiten. Das perfekte Programm für alle Tennis-, Fußball- und Ballsportfans oder die, die es noch werden möchten'.

SpainBcn
'SpainBcn offers in Barcelona, all year round, a variety of high quality Spanish Immersion & Cultural Programs for groups or individuals. During the summer the Spanish Immersion & Cultural Programs also offer the option of having included your choice of Sport Camps & Spanish Summer Programs (especially designed for junior and teenagers, available during the months of June and July)'.

Learn & Experience
'Learn & Experience are a family-run, award winning summer camp and youth travel operator. L&E offer Summer Camps for 8-14 year olds in Yorkshire & Madrid and Teen Travel Programmes across Europe for 15-16 year olds'.

Visions Service Adventures
'For 27 years, VISIONS has set the standard for domestic and international community service programs for high school and middle school students. Collaborative service work and cross-cultural living help our teen volunteers understand a complicated world and learn meaningful ways to contribute productively'.

Foerdung mit Pferden
'"Leben ist Beziehung" - Unter diesem Leitbild bieten wir Ihnen pferdegestützte Therapie - mit dem Ziel, die individuelle Beziehungsfähigkeit zu sich selbst und dem Umfeld zu verbessern und die eigene Lebensqualität zu steigern'.

GET Global
'We – GET Global Education Tumulka – specialise in language trips. For over 20 years we have been offering our customers competent and professional advice in this market sector of tourism'.

Cremona Activities
'Are you looking for high-quality care for your children during the school holidays? Our experienced course leaders and trainers offer exciting, tailor-made sports and hobby activities for every level of ability. We don’t overstretch anybody and your kids will have loads of fun and learn something lasting. The “Cremona Activities” concept is different to most "Ferienprogramme“. We put the emphasis on fun, team-building and learning. Over the years we have acquired a lot of experience with hundreds of kids'.

Humbolt Institute

Intensive German language course for students ages 15 -18 in Munich & Berlin, during the BIS summer break.  Lessons, teaching material, accommodation, full board, 24-hour supervision, daily leisure program, weekly excursions, entrance fees, course certificates included. 

 

 

Application

At what age can my child begin to attend BIS?

To start in our Early Childhood Programme children must be 3 years old by 30th September of the current academic year.

Does my child have to do an interview before acceptance is offered?

Students applying for Grades 6-12 may be required to have a personal interview and to complete an online English placement test and spontaneous writing assignment. Long-distance applicants may be interviewed via Skype.

Zeugnisanerkennungsstelle

Zeugnisanerkennungsstelle für den Freistaat Bayern

Für die Bewertung von außerbayerischen schulischen Abschlusszeugnissen ist die Zeugnisanerkennungsstelle für den Freistaat Bayern als Landesstelle für die Bewertung von außerbayerischen schulischen Abschlusszeugnissen zuständig: als Nachweis der Hochschulreife, der Fachhochschulreife, eines mittleren Schulabschlusses oder des erfolgreichen Hauptschulabschlusses. Die Bescheide ergehen im Namen des Bayerischen Staatsministeriums für Bildung und Kultus, Wissenschaft und Kunst.

Bayerische Schüler, die im Ausland ein Hochschulzugangszeugnis erwerben wollen, sollten sich unbedingt vorher von der Zeugnisanerkennungsstelle über die Bedingungen beraten lassen, die für eine spätere Anerkennung des Zeugnisses in Deutschland gemäß den Bewertungsrichtlinien der Kultusministerkonferenz (KMK) erfüllt werden müssen.

zasty@zast.bayern.de
http://www.km.bayern.de/schueler/abschluesse/zeugnisanerkennung.html

 

Language & Learning

My child is not a native English speaker. Can he/she be accepted at BIS?

Fluency in English in not a criterion for admission up to the beginning of Grade 8.

Newcomers Centre for English Language Learners

An immersion programme where students improve English language skills while learning content.

The Newcomer Centre is part of the English as an Additional Language programme at BIS. Three highly qualified EAL teachers will serve Grades 6-8 students who enter the EAL programme at the beginning level, i.e. MYP Phase 1 and 2 or CEF/CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Language) A1 – A2.

The Newcomer Centre will run separately from the regular timetable at BIS. Approximately 40 of a student's 56 weekly instructional hours will be spent at the Newcomer Centre. Students will attend the following classes with their mentor group: Arts, Math, and PE. In addition, students will be encouraged to enroll in the Mother Tongue Programme.

Units of study at the Newcomer Centre will reflect content, concepts, and skills students will need to understand when they enter subject area classes. English social and academic language skills will be emphasised through these content-based units. The content will cover Humanities, English, Science, Design and Technology as well as Well Being (our Mentor Programme).

Placement into the Newcomer Centre will be determined by an English entrance assessment. Exit from the Newcomer Centre will be determined by a team consisting of EAL teachers, the EAL coordinator, principal, parents, and the student. A student's length of study at the Newcomer Centre is expected to last from six weeks to a year.

Once a student is exited from the Newcomers Centre, he/she will be placed in subject area classes with a mentor group and will continue to receive English language support in the EAL programme.

What languages will my child learn at BIS?

Most students from Grade 1 through Grade 12 learn English and German. In Grade 6 students choose a third language: French, Spanish, Mandarin or Mother Tongue. The tutoring costs for Mother Tongue lessons are not included in the school fees.

Is there support for students with special needs?

BIS can support a limited number of students with mild learning difficulties. Primary consideration in offering a place will be the student’s ability to achieve success in the regular curriculum with limited support. Places cannot be offered to students who need extensive programme modifications, an alternative curriculum, or constant support.

The school reserves the right (in consultation with parents) to conduct necessary assessments and obtain copies of all previous reports and records.

All students entering the Learning Support Programme at BIS will be placed in the Support Services Referral Process. This is a collaborative process in which parents, teachers, the learning support staff and school principal participate. The full referral process is described in the document 'Whole School Referral Process', a copy of which is available on request.

Co-Curricular Activities

Will there be field trips during the year?

Students participate in a range of field trips designed to enhance the curriculum. These include day and overnight excursions.

Are there after-school activities at BIS?

There is a wide range of after school activities on offer from Monday - Friday over three seasons. Activities rely on community and teacher support to run, and range between grade levels and campuses. A range of activities are noted below. More information can be found under the Co-Curricular Athletics page on our website.

  • Yoga
  • Judo
  • Badminton
  • Boys and Girls Basketball
  • Boys and Girls Football
  • Band Workshop
  • Global Issues Network
  • Brownies
  • Gymnastic Dance
  • Volleyball
  • Fitness Club
  • Rugby
  • Cross country
  • International Award
  • Orchestra
  • Art Club
  • Dance Club
  • Glee Club
  • Amnesty
  • Hip Hop
  • Tennis
  • MUN
  • Ski Programme (December - March)

Are private instrumental music lessons offered at BIS?

All students in the Secondary School at BIS have the opportunity to learn an instrument or voice at school from a professional tutor.

Expectations

Will my child need to bring their own laptop to BIS?

No. The BIS IT Department provides students with an impressive array of resources for learning and communication. All of the Primary School classes are well equipped with iPADS. In Grade 6 all students are provided with an iPAD.  From Grade 7 all students are provided with a MacBook Air laptop.

What kind of communication can we expect between school and home?

We place a premium on the importance of regular and intensive communication between home and school, and the school internal intranet plays a central role in making this possible. Most BIS families check the intranet daily for news, weekly blogs, calendar postings of school events and parent nights, and all sorts of other helpful information.

Do students have to wear a uniform?

No. However, we do have a PE uniform. Students are required to wear this for PE lessons. This PE uniform can be purchased through our internal website.

Transportation

Is there a school bus service?

Yes. School bus service is available throughout the greater Munich area.

Can Secondary School students reach BIS by public transportation?

Older students often travel to and from school by S-Bahn and bus, from locations throughout greater Munich. Students take the S1 train to Lohhof, and then transfer to bus 693 for the nine minute trip from Lohhof to school. This allows them to take part in after school activities and then travel home independently.

AoB

Zeugnisanerkennungsstelle

Zeugnisanerkennungsstelle für den Freistaat Bayern

Für die Bewertung von außerbayerischen schulischen Abschlusszeugnissen ist die Zeugnisanerkennungsstelle für den Freistaat Bayern als Landesstelle für die Bewertung von außerbayerischen schulischen Abschlusszeugnissen zuständig: als Nachweis der Hochschulreife, der Fachhochschulreife, eines mittleren Schulabschlusses oder des erfolgreichen Hauptschulabschlusses. Die Bescheide ergehen im Namen des Bayerischen Staatsministeriums für Bildung und Kultus, Wissenschaft und Kunst.

Bayerische Schüler, die im Ausland ein Hochschulzugangszeugnis erwerben wollen, sollten sich unbedingt vorher von der Zeugnisanerkennungsstelle über die Bedingungen beraten lassen, die für eine spätere Anerkennung des Zeugnisses in Deutschland gemäß den Bewertungsrichtlinien der Kultusministerkonferenz (KMK) erfüllt werden müssen.

zasty@zast.bayern.de
http://www.km.bayern.de/schueler/abschluesse/zeugnisanerkennung.html

 

Does BIS have a Summer Camp/Programme?

BIS does not have an own Summer Camp/Programme, however please follow the links below for some local and international offers.

Disclaimer
This list of summer camps and summer programmes was created from mailings sent to us by external providers. BIS does not endorse or recommend any of the camps listed, and provides contacts to these external providers for your information only. BIS is not responsible for the content of any of the listed websites.

SportScheck Allwettter
'Sportcamps mit bestens ausgebildeten Trainern, die den Kindern eine unvergessliche Woche bereiten. Das perfekte Programm für alle Tennis-, Fußball- und Ballsportfans oder die, die es noch werden möchten'.

SpainBcn
'SpainBcn offers in Barcelona, all year round, a variety of high quality Spanish Immersion & Cultural Programs for groups or individuals. During the summer the Spanish Immersion & Cultural Programs also offer the option of having included your choice of Sport Camps & Spanish Summer Programs (especially designed for junior and teenagers, available during the months of June and July)'.

Learn & Experience
'Learn & Experience are a family-run, award winning summer camp and youth travel operator. L&E offer Summer Camps for 8-14 year olds in Yorkshire & Madrid and Teen Travel Programmes across Europe for 15-16 year olds'.

Visions Service Adventures
'For 27 years, VISIONS has set the standard for domestic and international community service programs for high school and middle school students. Collaborative service work and cross-cultural living help our teen volunteers understand a complicated world and learn meaningful ways to contribute productively'.

Foerdung mit Pferden
'"Leben ist Beziehung" - Unter diesem Leitbild bieten wir Ihnen pferdegestützte Therapie - mit dem Ziel, die individuelle Beziehungsfähigkeit zu sich selbst und dem Umfeld zu verbessern und die eigene Lebensqualität zu steigern'.

GET Global
'We – GET Global Education Tumulka – specialise in language trips. For over 20 years we have been offering our customers competent and professional advice in this market sector of tourism'.

Cremona Activities
'Are you looking for high-quality care for your children during the school holidays? Our experienced course leaders and trainers offer exciting, tailor-made sports and hobby activities for every level of ability. We don’t overstretch anybody and your kids will have loads of fun and learn something lasting. The “Cremona Activities” concept is different to most "Ferienprogramme“. We put the emphasis on fun, team-building and learning. Over the years we have acquired a lot of experience with hundreds of kids'.

Humbolt Institute

Intensive German language course for students ages 15 -18 in Munich & Berlin, during the BIS summer break.  Lessons, teaching material, accommodation, full board, 24-hour supervision, daily leisure program, weekly excursions, entrance fees, course certificates included.