Bonn International School (BIS) was created in 1997 from the merger of three well-established schools in Bonn: the Bonn American High School, the British High School Bonn, and the Bonn American Elementary School. BIS offers an English language program for ages 3-19 including Early Learning (EL) for ages 3 to 5 that complements the kindergarten through grade 12 programs. The school year comprises 2 semesters beginning in mid-August and ending in the last week of June for a total of 180 school days.
Organization: BIS is an independent, self-supporting, nonprofit association, (e.V. eingetragener gemeinnütziger Verein) registered in Germany, governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of 10 members. Of these, 7 are elected by parents; 1 is the parent-elected chair of the parent volunteers; 1 is elected by staff; and 1 represents the school leadership (director). BIS works closely with the City of Bonn to serve the English language needs of the international community in the region.
Curriculum: The curriculum throughout the school is based on the philosophy and practice of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). The IB Diploma Program (DP), Middle Years Program (MYP), and Primary Years Program (PYP) are fully authorized by the IB, making BIS one of the few schools worldwide privileged to have this status. In addition to optional external IB examinations, each student who completes the school’s requirements will receive a BIS High School Diploma. Bonn International School offers students the opportunity to sit PSAT and SAT examinations at regular intervals. Instruction in the German language is required of all students. The challenging class work requires daily homework of all students. A wide range of clubs, activities, community service, and outdoor experiences enhances the curriculum. An extensive arts program is offered school-wide. Career and university counseling assist secondary students with planning for the future. Pastoral counseling is available for all students. The school has trained staff to support students with mild special learning needs. Bonn International School is accredited by the IBO, the Council of International Schools and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. BIS is a regular member of the Council of International Schools and the Association of German International Schools (AGIS). The school is also certified by DoDDS and authorized as an IB World School.
Faculty: In the 2019-2020 school year, there are 85 faculty members and 8 teacher assistants. Classes normally range in size from 12 to 22 with a student teacher ratio of 8:1 in the primary school and 8:1 in the secondary school.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year enrollment was 708 students.
Facilities: Situated on a beautiful campus on the banks of the Rhine River, the school has state-of-the-art facilities for up to 850 students. The campus includes a well-equipped media center, a design and technology center with laboratory and workshop, 5 science laboratories, art and music rooms, performance spaces, a large sports hall for primary students, a double gymnasium for secondary students, spacious and safe playgrounds, and external sports facilities. The school is equipped with 2 large computer laboratories, 3 mobile laptop carts, a 1:1 iPad program for grades 4-7, a BYOD in grades 8-12, and 10 iPads per classroom in the lower primary school. All classrooms are equipped with either smart boards or interactive Apple TV devices. In addition, the school offers learning support facilities, counseling services, and university advisory services. The school offers an on-site catering service from 08.00 am to 17.00 pm provided by a local company. The school does not provide transportation, but public transport is excellent.
Finances: In the 2019-2020 school year, annual tuition rates range from €10,163 to €19,244. For new families, a one-time registration fee of €4,300 is required for admission to grade 1 or higher grades. For EL3/ and 5, the one-time registration fee is €2,200. The admission fee for siblings is €2,200. (All fees are quoted in euros.)
Information and statistics are current as of September 2019 and are provided by the school.