Berlin Brandenburg International School
(Formerly Potsdam International School)
Am Hochwald 30/2, 14532 Kleinmachnow, Germany
British, IB; co-ed; ages 3-18, boarding and day school; recently moved from its somewhat isolated locale in Brandenburg, to Kleinmachnow in the Southern part of the city close to the expat enclave of Zehlendorf, offering the IB primary years programme, IGCSE and IB. It is gaining in popularity, having, it seems, at last achieved a measure of financial stability after several years of problems. Kleinmachnow is an area very popular with expats and the move appears to have won BBIS a ready clientele.
The Berlin British School
Dickensweg 17-19, 14055 Berlin, Germany
British, IB; co-ed; ages 3-18, day school; located in Charlottenburg, a private school, established in 1994 by local British businessmen on the site of the former British Military School. It shares the site with the popular Charles Dickens state bilingual primary school (a ‘Europe School’, see below).
BBS offers the British national curriculum to IGCSE at age 16, but recently abandoned A levels in favour of the IB. Popular with Anglophiles and with about 600 pupils it is a well-resourced and solidly run, if slightly unimaginative school, with excellent teachers (it runs a thorough programme of in-service teacher training for all its staff). It is not clear how well it will sustain a full IB programme as there is tendency for British parents (mainly diplomats who live in the surrounding houses) to favour UK boarding schools at 13+. Takes some special needs and dyslexic pupils.
Berlin International School
Lentzeallee 8/14, 14195 Berlin, Germany
British, IB; co-ed; ages 3-18, day school located in the southern Berlin suburb of Steglitz; run by the private Kant foundation, with a reputation for running academic local schools (grammar schools). BIS charges fees but these are lower than at comparable international schools, as it has a partial government subsidy. The school has grown rapidly and has a popular and well-run early years programme. The downside is poor outdoor play facilities considering the size of the school.
Pupils take IGCSEs at 16. The schools has the largest numbers taking the IB in Berlin (approximately 50 a year) with exam results rising year on year. Students go on to German, British, US and Canadian universities.