Middle Years Programme

Fascinating stage in education for 6-10 graders

Things change quickly, students develop from being Primary school children to young adults and it seems relationships with friends, teachers and parents change every minute. In this second stage of education, we try not only to develop the academic potential of Middle Year Students, but we are also committed to the social and emotional aspects of learning. Our students in Grade 6 to 10 follow a bilingual programme based upon the requirements of the Berlin Rahmenlehrplan, and our understanding of Middle Years in international education.


  1. Culturally-diverse perspectives, Multilingualism, Diversity & Equity, Service, and Personal & Community Wellbeing
    • Cultivation of attitudes valued in B.I.S. community
    • Regular engagement with community
  2. Concept- and competence-based, as well as facilitates opportunities for self-directed learning (e.g. Pulsars)
    • Facilitation of student agency and autonomy
    • Multiple ways of engaging with learning and demonstrating understanding
  3. Intentional vertical alignment and connection with IBPYP and IBDP
    • Improvement of academic research and writing, critical thinking, agency.
  4. The pillars of the Berlin Rahmenlehrplan, through UN Global Goals
    • Expanded subject experience


German exam at the end of Grade 10

The MSA (mittlerer Schulabschluss) is a nationally recognised German exam, designed for all students in Berlin to make sure that those students who leave school after Grade 10 have a recognised qualification.  B.I.S. offers students a unique possibility in providing them with various and varying pathways to educational and vocational achievement. It recognises the importance of awarding our national and international students with a certificate that opens up many pathways for success nationally and internationally.


International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

Organised by the International Baccalaureate Office based in Geneva, Switzerland, the International Baccalaureate (IB) is a very rigorous academic program emphasising academic achievement, critical thinking, research skills and community service. It has been operating world-wide for over 50 years (1968) and is in place in almost 1500 schools in around 120 countries around the world. The IB Diploma is recognised in virtually every country in the world.