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The Bonn International School was created in 1997 from the merger of 3 well-established and successful schools in Bonn: The Bonn American High School, the British High School Bonn, and the Bonn American Elementary School. BIS offers a program from ages 3-18 including an Early Learning Center (ELC) for ages 3 and 4 that complements the kindergarten through grade 12 program. Bonn International School is a regular member of the European Council of International Schools (ECIS), the Association of German International Schools (AGIS) and is certified by DoDDS. The school year comprises two semesters beginning in the last week of August and ending in the last week of June for a total of 180 school days. The School serves residents from the greater Bonn/Cologne area who want an English-language education.
Organization: Bonn International School is an independent, self-supporting, nonprofit association, (e.V. eingetragener Verein) registered in Germany and governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of 17 members. Of these, 12 are elected by parents, 2 are elected by staff, and the remaining seats are represented by school leaders. BIS works closely with the City of Bonn to serve the English language needs of the international community.
Curriculum: The curriculum throughout the School is based on the philosophy and practice of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). The IB Diploma and Middle Years Programs (MYP) are fully authorized by the IBO. The Primary Years Program (PYP) will undergo the visitation and authorization process during this school year. In addition to optional external IB examinations, each student who completes the School's requirements will receive a high school diploma. 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 music program is offered school-wide. Career and university counseling assists secondary students with planning for the future. The school has trained staff to support students with mild special learning needs.
Faculty: There are about 35 full-time faculty members in the 2000-2001 school year, including 9 U.S. citizens, 4 host-country nationals and 22 third-country nationals. Classes normally range in size between 12 and 22.
Enrollment: Enrollment at the beginning of the 2000-2001 school year was 370 students, including 102 U.S. citizens, 34 host-country nationals and 234 third-country nationals.
Facilities: Situated on the bank of the Rhine River, adjacent to an extensive park in a southern suburb of Bonn, the primary and secondary schools have their own buildings about 500 meters apart. Each school has spacious classrooms; a well-equipped library; a large computer laboratory; art and music rooms; and spacious, safe, playgrounds and sports facilities. In addition, the Primary School has an occupational therapy facility. As the School has no cafeteria facilities, students bring their own lunch. The School does not provide transportation, but public transport is excellent. The Early Learning Center is located in a separate spacious, well-equipped building near the primary and secondary schools.
Finances: In the 2000-2001 school year, annual tuition rates are as follows: ELC: $6,000; Kdg: $7,980; grade 1-5: $10,100; grades 6-10: $11,000; grades 11-12: $11,700. For new families, a one-time registration fee of $500 is required for the first child and $250 for each additional child. Fees for Kdg.-grade 5 are payable in German marks. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)
This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. The Office of Overseas Schools (A/OPR/OS) may have more detailed information. Prospective users of the schools may wish to inquire further of A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the-minute information regarding curriculum, special programs and the like.