Welcome to the Bavarian International School website!
BIS has always placed the child’s individual development at the centre of its educational focus, encouraging active, engaged participation. Questioning is encouraged, and student-led inquiries prioritised, enabling students to follow their interests while exploring and constructing their own meaning of the world around them. Our actions are driven by our credo:
Believe. Inspire. Succeed.
Just three words. Powerful words, which embody what we at BIS strive towards every day. From Early Childhood (EC) to Grade 12, from admissions to college and career counselling, from back office administrative support to our Supervisory Board and of course parents and students – all play a critical role in creating an environment for our students to believe in themselves, be inspired to stretch further, and ultimately find personal and professional success.
Not only do they mirror the acronym of the Bavarian International School – BIS, but also stand alone for the attributes we feel are critical for current and future generations of global citizens, making the world a better place.
What strikes me most about BIS, however, is what a safe environment we provide for our students. In order to learn, we all must feel safe to make mistakes. One doesn’t learn anything by always making the right choices – mistakes are an important step in learning. Indeed, James Joyce described mistakes as „the portals to discovery“. Isn’t that what we want for our students – the joy of discovery?
BIS has been committed to the widely recognised International Baccalaureate (IB) programme from the very beginning and has been authorised as a World School by the International Baccalaureate Organization to teach the IB Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes. We added the IB Careers-related Programme (IBCP) in 2018, becoming one of only four schools in Germany to offer this qualification and one of only two schools offering all four IB Programmes.
We set ourselves high standards as faculty and staff and expect the same from our students. We also understand that, while academic rigour is important, a child also needs a broad and balanced education in a secure and caring environment. Through co-curricular and community service opportunities, we are always looking to enrich the experience of our students, understanding our responsibility to prepare them to be contributing citizens in tomorrow’s world.
Dr Chrissie Sorenson
Head of School/Vorstand