The Bavarian International School was established in 1990 to offer an English language based education to children from the international community in the north of Munich. The school opened officially on February 19, 1991 offering Pre-school to Grade 1 with only 6 students and 1 teacher, Ms. Pam Sonntag. The following year classes from Pre-school to Grade 5 opened, adding classes each year until reaching the milestone of its first graduating class of 17 students in 1997.
In August 1998 the school moved from its start-up location in Schwaig to a beautiful permanent home in Haimhausen. Set in a green and peaceful park-like environment, the impressive and historic mansion known as Schloss Haimhausen was renovated and adapted into classrooms and offices for the Secondary School, and adjacent modern, purpose-built facilities to house Primary School classrooms, science rooms, a library, and a sports hall were added. In January 2016, the BIS City Campus on Leopoldstrasse 208 in Munich proudly opened its doors to students in Early Childhood (EC1, age 4) to Grade 5. The school's current combined enrolment of 1090 students represents over 45 nationalities, with approximately 75 students in the graduating class.
At BIS we provide a caring and committed international community through:
The Primary Schools: inspiring and challenging young minds from Early Childhood 1 (4 year olds, turning 5 during the school year) through to Grade 5 through the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP). Our City Campus is a candidate school for the Primary Years Programme and is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that the Bavarian International School e.V. believes is important for our students.
Within this community we provide whole school services through:
- The School Director
- The Business Director
- The Principals and Deputy Principals
- The Heads of Year/Pastoral Team
- The Curriculum
- The School’s Libraries
- The English as an Additional Language Programme
- The Learning Support Programme
- The Counsellors
- The After School Activities Programme
- The Community Service Programme
- The Student Councils
The Director works closely with the Principals and the BIS Senior Leadership Team in the operation of the educational programme, and in connection with staff, students, parents and community, and with the Business Director in the area of administration and support systems.
The Business Director manages the business side of the school's operations within the Finance, Facilities and Administration section of the school in support of the school’s Director. These responsibilities include budget development and financial management, security, building maintenance and construction, grounds maintenance, cleaning and catering.
The BIS leadership Team is comprised of the Director, the Business Director, the Primary and Secondary Principals, the Primary and Secondary Deputy Principals and Curriculum Coordinators, the Head of Information Technology, the Director of Continuum Learning, the Head of Student Support Services, the Financial Controller, the Facility Manager, and the Human Resources Manager. The team meets regularly to ensure excellence in learning and teaching and in the smooth and consistent operation of the school and its facilities.
The Primary School Principals are assisted by the Primary School Deputy Principals. Together they supervise the implementation of the BIS curriculum in line with the IBPYP curriculum and curriculum framework. They also provide professional development and encourage their teachers to lead professional development for each other in weekly staff meetings.
The Secondary School Principal is assisted by the Deputy Principals - Academic and Pastoral, and IB Diploma and MYP Coordinators who assist in ensuring academic excellence and best practice in our classrooms through the IBMYP, the IB Diploma Programme and our Pastoral Care Programme. This team meets regularly with the Secondary School staff members. Curriculum Leaders in the Secondary School support the Secondary School leadership team through their work on a daily basis with the teachers in their departments. These departments include:
- Individuals and Societies
- The Arts
- Physical and Health Education
- Language Acquisition
Whole school responsibilities lie with the Director of Continuum Learning and the Head of Student Support Services in relation to:
- Continuum Learning across the three programmes (IBPYP, IBMYP, IPDP)
- English as an Additional Language
- Learning Support
According to the decision of the "Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs" (KmK) the MYP and DP diplomas are officially accepted and designated as being equivalent to the German certificates “Mittlere Reife” and “Hochschulzugangsqualifikation”.
The Bavarian International School e.V. (BIS) is accredited with the Bavarian Ministry of Education, the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). BIS is a member of the Educational Collaborative of International Schools (ECIS), the Association of German International Schools (AGIS) and the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Internationale Schulen in Bayern (AISB). BIS is also an IB World School.