The Berlin Brandenburg International School (BBIS) is a coeducational, inclusive, English-medium day and boarding school serving the internationally-minded community of Germany’s capital region and beyond.
Organization: BBIS is a limited liability, nonprofit entity governed by a Supervisory Board of 5 members, 3 of whom are required to be school parents.
Curriculum: The curriculum is compatible with that in U.S. public and private schools. Founded in 1990, BBIS is the first IB school in the world to be fully authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) to teach all 4 IB programs covering the 3 to 19 age range. The school is also fully accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA). Primary school students follow the IB Primary Years Program while those in secondary school study the IB Middle Years Program. Upper secondary (11-12) school students have the choice of the IB Diploma, the IB Career-related Program (IBCP), or the school’s own high school diploma. Classes are small, usually fewer than 20 students. Specific support is provided for students with special needs and those for whom English is not a first language.
Faculty: In the 2020-2021 school year, there are 106 faculty members and 14 teaching assistants.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, 720 students were enrolled at the school (early education to grade 12).
Facilities: The learning environment is modern, comfortable, well equipped, and specifically designed to accommodate individual learning needs. The BBIS campus is located in the village of Kleinmachnow, just to the southwest of Berlin, on nearly 400,000 square meters (100 acres) of forested land, on the shore of the Machnower lake and the Teltow canal. The extensive facilities at BBIS include four large red brick buildings, a pavilion, a totally new sports hall, and a sports field (with a full-size artificial-turf football field). These are continually upgraded to keep pace with the demands of the educational and extracurricular programs. The BBIS buildings provide large classrooms for the primary and secondary 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 multipurpose room, an atmospheric performance and exhibition space, a study room for grades 11 and 12 students and a cafeteria, a nurse’s office, and a library with a small additional computer lab. A playground for primary school students and outdoor recreational facilities for secondary school students lie between the academic buildings. The BBIS boarding facility, located directly on the school campus, houses 61 international students from grades 8 to 12. There is 24/7 security on campus.
Finances: During the 2020-2021 school year, the school’s income is derived from regular day and boarding school tuition. Annual school tuition rates range from €12,400 to €19,600. The annual boarding fees amount to €20,800. 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 quoted in Euros.)
Information and statistics are current as of September 2020 and provided by the school.