Inspiring Global Citizens
1,200 students from 56 nations study at the Bavarian International School between the two campuses located in the village of Haimhausen and Munich city. The motto, "Believe. Inspire. Succeed", shapes the pedagogically rich and holistic education the students, aged three through to 18, receive from BIS. Intercultural competence, collaborative and inspirational learning, respect, social responsibility and tolerance; this is what characterizes the spirit of this accredited IB World School.
170 teachers from 29 nations identify and accommodate the individual needs and strengths of each child. The tangible proof of this successful approach is seen each year in BIS students’ IB Diploma scores. In 2019 the average score was 34.3 points; well above the worldwide average of 29.7. Bavarian International School strives for state-of-the-art school standards by investing in interactive whiteboards and Apple TV's, iPads (1:1 programme for Grades 4-6), MacBooks (1:1 programme for Grades 7-12), science and technology laboratories, art and design studios, sports halls, theater spaces, an auditorium and an extensive extra-curricular programme.
"We provide our students with the intellectual, intercultural, social, emotional and, most importantly, with the critical perspectives they will need as adults in a global, technological world. Our students will be able to solve the challenges of the future and make the world a better place," says Head of School Dr. Chrissie Sorenson. “Each child’s individual development is placed at the very centre of the educational focus at BIS.”
The language of instruction is English, however German language classes are offered from Grade 1 onwards for all proficiency levels. Starting in Grade 6, French, Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin and the optional “Mother-Tongue Programme” allows students to maintain and develop literacy in their native language. Mother-tongue learning is currently offered in 17 languages. Students and parents alike regard the multitude of extracurricular activities on offer as an exceptional feature of BIS. These activities include approximately 40 sports offerings, as well as CAS (Community, Action, Service), the Model United Nations debate team, the Eco-School project and the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award.
Ticket to the best Universities
BIS is one of only two schools in Germany authorised by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) to offer all four IB Programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP) and the Career-related Programme (CP). The IB Diploma is recognized by the best universities in the world, including more than 700 universities across approximately 70 countries with Germany among them.