Bavarian International School

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Bavarian International School
BIS Emblem.png

BIS Campus Haimhausen
Hauptstrasse 1
85778 Haimhausen

BIS City Campus
Leopoldstrasse 208
80804 Munich

Type IB World School
Established 1990
Director Dr. Chrissie Sorenson
Grades EC1-12
Enrollment 1100
Affiliation IBO, CIS and NEASC accredited
Athletics BIS Lions

The Bavarian International School e. V. (BIS) is an English-language IB continuum international school based in Haimhausen, a municipality in the district Dachau in Bavaria, Germany, just north of Munich.[1] In 2016 a second campus in Munich-Schwabing (Leopoldstrasse) was opened for primary students. The school currently has a combined enrolment of approximately 1100 students aged 4 to 18 from over 50 countries speaking more than 70 languages. The 2-campus-school is run by the non-profit association Bavarian International School e. V.

BIS caters mainly to internationally mobile management who require an educational offer for their children from early childhood through secondary school which is internationally transferable.[2] BIS does not claim to be an alternative to the German public school system. Nonetheless, approximately 20% of all BIS students are Munich locals.

History and Facilities[edit]

BIS was founded in 1990 as a non-profit association to serve the international community in the north of Munich. The school opened its doors in Schwabing on 19 February 1991 with just six students[3] and grew steadily, with its first graduating class in 1997.

In 1998 the school moved to Schloss Haimhausen, a Rococo mansion located about ten kilometres north of Munich. Several purpose-built facilities, including a cafeteria, a performance arts centre with 510 seats,[4] a sports hall and 8-lane track were added to the school site over the following years. To make BIS-education more easily accessible for children living in the city, the BIS City Campus Primary School was opened for students in January 2016. In January 2017 about 200 children in EC1 (age 4) to Grade 5 were enrolled at the new campus, which has a capacity of 500 students.

Curriculum and Accreditation[edit]

BIS is an IB World School and takes part in the IB Diploma Programme.[5] This program provides an internationally accepted qualification for entry into higher education and is recognised by many universities worldwide. The Bavarian International School is authorized to offer the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP), the IB Diploma Programme (DP) and is a candidate school for the IB Career-related Programme (CP), all of the International Baccalaureate Organisation. The City Campus is a candidate school for the IB Primary Years Programme and is currently pursuing authorization as an IB World School.

BIS is approved by the government of Bavaria and fully accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). BIS is a member of the Educational Collaborative for International Schools (ECIS), the Association of German International Schools (AGIS), the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Internationale Schulen in Bayern (AISB), and the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).

Co-Curricular Activities[edit]


Part of the BIS Lion's male varsity swim team from the ESC meet in Frankfurt, March 2016

BIS offers a wide variety of sports throughout the entire school year in 3 different seasons. There are competitive as well as recreational offerings. BIS students compete in the German International School Sports Tournaments (GISST) as well as the European Sports Conference (ESC).


BIS regularly hosts or participates in the International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA) events. The school prominently promotes music and visual arts in their students as well.[6]

Model United Nations[edit]

BIS also offers a Model United Nations club in which students can learn to debate and improve their public speaking skills. BIS has attended over 15 conferences internationally and locally in the last several years, in addition to hosting its own debating competition in 2014. In 2017 several Bavarian International School students attended the THIMUN conference in The Hague.[7]

Faculty and Staff[edit]

There are over 200 staff members working at BIS. The honorary Board of Directors is responsible for the management of the BIS Association. It carries out the resolutions of the General Meetings held in spring and fall of each year and bears the responsibility for the association’s finances.

On September 10, 2014, BIS' staff held a warning strike at BIS to call for a collective bargaining agreement (CBA).[8] A similar warning strike occurred on the November 30, 2015.[9] Staff has since abandoned their pursuit of a CBA.

As of August 2014, the US-American/German Dr. Chrissie Sorenson is the Director of BIS (Head of School).


BIS actively participates and supports the local Haimhausen and district of Dachau communities, e.g. by cooperating with the local schools.[10] Since 2004 the BIS and the SV Haimhausen have jointly organized the annual Haimhausen Triathlon.[11]


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Coordinates: 48°00′05″N 11°22′58″E / 48.0015°N 11.3829°E / 48.0015; 11.3829