Munich International School (MIS), founded in 1966 as the first international school in Munich, is an independent, nonprofit, International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. MIS is a community school where around 1,200 students from more than 70 countries learn together on a single, purpose-built campus. The school year commences in late August and ends in late June.
Organization: All parents whose children attend MIS constitute the membership of the MIS Association, a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization that elects a board of directors from its membership to operate the school in accordance with its Articles of Association. The head of school, appointed by the board of directors, is responsible for the daily leadership and operation of the school. MIS is registered in Germany as a nonprofit, tax-exempt institution and has been designated as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.
Curriculum: MIS is officially recognized by the Bavarian Ministry of Education and fully accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. MIS has also been authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) since 1980. The school operates as a “Ganztagsschule.” In addition to the Primary Years Program (IBPYP), Middle Years Program (IBMYP) and Diploma Program (IBDP), MIS offers a wide range of after-school activities and sports as well as a comprehensive competitive athletics program.
Faculty: In the 2021-2022 school year, MIS has 252 total staff including 170 teachers, 34 of whom are U.S. citizens, 39 host-country nationals, and 97 third-country nationals from 32 different countries. All teaching faculty have been approved by the local authorities, based on their university degrees and teaching credentials.
Enrollment: At the beginning of school year 2021-2022, enrollment is 1,139 (PK through grade 12). Of the total, 213 are U.S. citizens, 376 are host-country nationals, and 550 are third-country nationals.
Facilities: Easily accessible from Munich, the school takes full advantage of its 26-acre campus in an idyllic nature preserve near Starnberg to provide students with high-quality educational experiences within well-equipped classrooms, laboratories, and performing arts spaces. Facilities include exceptional outdoor facilities, a design and technology suite with a new makers’ laboratory, Olympic-sized eight-lane track-and-field complex, two student libraries (primary and secondary), and differentiated outdoor play spaces for early childhood and primary years. A quadruple gym will be completed in the summer of 2022.
Finances: In the 2021-2022 school year, all of MIS’ operating income is derived from tuition fees and government subsidies. Annual tuition fees are as follows: preschool/kindergarten: €14,240; grades 1-4: €15,025; grades 5-8: €17,195; grade 9: €18,865; grades 10-11: €21,275; and grade 12: €22,400. Additional fees might include MIS school bus transportation, athletics and co-curricular activities, and meal programs. These fees are payable in euros, as quoted.
Special Needs: Download the Special Needs Profile (Special Needs Germany, Munich) for this school to learn more about their capability to support students with exceptionalities.
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NOTE: School situations can change quickly, particularly as schools face cutbacks to learning support programs due to the pandemic, unrest, and economic uncertainty. For the most current information, work with the REO and school. Information in this document was collected by the Department of State’s Office of Overseas Schools directly from the school in fall 2020 and shows the availability of services rather than an assessment of the quality of the services. The profile is intended as a jumping off point for a conversation with the REO and school to understand the best fit for your child. Definitions may vary school to school.