The Berlin Brandenburg International School (BBIS) is a coeducational English-language day and boarding school serving the internationally-minded community of Germany’s capital region and beyond.
Organization: BBIS is a limited-liability, non-profit entity governed by a Supervisory Board of 5 members, 3 of them required to be school parents.
Curriculum: The curriculum is compatible with that in U.S. public and private schools. BBIS is fully authorized by the IB Organization in Geneva, Switzerland to teach all three IB programs covering the 3 to 19 age range. Elementary School students follow the IB Primary Years Program, those in Middle School use the IB Middle Years Program. High School students pursue the IB curriculum toward either an IB Diploma, the IB Career-related Certificate or the school’s own High School Diploma. Specialists in learning difficulties, design and technology, computers, sports, music and art supplement the core academic offerings. Specific support is provided for students with special needs and those for whom English is not a first language. Classes are small, usually with fewer than 18 students. The school is also fully accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA).
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 93 full-time and 19 part-time faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 665 (Early Childhood-grade 12).
Facilities: The BBIS campus is located in the village of Kleinmachnow, just to the southwest of Berlin, on nearly 400,000 square metres (100 acres) of forested land. The extensive facilities at BBIS include four large red brick buildings, a pavilion, a sports hall, and a sports field (with an artificial-turf football field). They are continuously upgraded to keep pace with the demands of the educational and extracurricular programme. Our learning environment is modern, comfortable, well equipped, and purposefully designed for specific learning needs. 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, a performance and exhibition space, a study room for grades 11 and 12 students, plus a cafeteria, a nurse’s office, and a library with a small additional computer lab. The BBIS boarding facility on campus houses international BBIS students from grades 6 through 12. Non-EU students must be 15 years of age or older in order to attend the boarding school.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, the school’s income is derived from regular day and boarding school tuition. Annual school tuition rates range from €9,900 to €15,800. The annual boarding fees amount to €16,800. 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. (All fees are quoted in euros.)