Authorised for the IB Diploma Programme in 1980, MIS possesses decades of experience as a mature, highly successful IB World School. Aside from the IB Diploma Programme, MIS was among the first schools to achieve authorisation for the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) in 1998. Not surprisingly, MIS is home to many of the examiners, subject leaders and curriculum writers for the IBO.
Our curriculum is built within, but not limited to, the frameworks of the three IBO programmes: Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP).
We intentionally design and deliver curriculum to bring forward essential learnings and experiences for all of our students. We believe our students’ learning experiences must reflect the world in which they live: we embed rich technologies within all our learning environments. In Grades 7 to 12, all students have access to a laptop computer.
We are proud of the wide range of achievements of our students and faculty. MIS students routinely excel in the areas of the arts, athletics, academics, service and leadership. Please see the results listed below:
At Munich International School we organise our students’ learning around the three sections of the School: Junior School, Middle School and Senior School. These three learning environments provide an evolving physical and pedagogical context, best suited to the developing learning needs of our students.
Munich International School is the exemplar of excellence in the area of Approaches to Learning (ATL), as recently featured in a video on the International Baccalaureate Organization’s (IBO) website.
In their recent ‘ATL Progression of Learning’ video, educators from Munich International School speak about their work supporting students to become powerful and self-directed learners.
Significant research into the science of learning suggests that one of the most important ways that schools assist in creating independent, life-long learners is through explicitly teaching learning skills.
The MIS Academic Council is focusing its efforts on supporting teachers in all three of our schools (Junior, Middle and Senior) to implement practices that help students become aware of and intentionally improve their approaches to learning skills.
Please view below the 'ATL Progression of Learning' video by visiting the IBO’s Approaches to Learning webpage for more information.
Whole School Statement
MIS strives to ensure that students understand the intrinsic value of showing their own work for assessments and correctly referencing the works and ideas of others. Students will have the extrinsic value of earning credit for authentic work in assessments.
MIS students should show their ability to be:
- Communicators through the production of their authentic work
- Principled researchers through referencing the works of others used in the student’s work
- Knowledgeable writers through the use of proper referencing styles for the works done.
- Caring and reflective learners by respecting their own work and that of others.
Language underlies all learning, permeating the fabric of all we do in the education of our students.
Language is not isolated to one domain or another, rather it is considered in terms of:
- learning language,
- learning through language, and
- learning about language.
Attending to students’ language development is a pedagogical imperative. This development is essential to students’ intellectual and social growth and enables full participation in the wider community. (from Halliday, in Language and learning in IB programmes, 2012: 22-26)
At Munich International School we believe that a contemporary learning environment should reflect the technology-rich experiences available to students and staff outside schools. To this end we have, since 2008, provided one-to-one access to MacBooks for faculty and for students in grades 7-12. In addition we provide a very low student to device ratio of both MacBooks and iPads, as appropriate, to younger students. Every classroom has interactive whiteboard technology. There is high speed wireless access for students, teachers and the whole MIS community.
We also believe that such technology access enables us to transform the learning of our students and provide experiences that would not be possible without such access. We aim to:
- Enable learners to develop skills in communication, analysis, collaboration, creation and evaluation.
- Engage learners in solving real-world problems set in meaningful and authentic contexts.
- Connect learners with a global learning network.
- Empower, inspire and support learners to be self-directed, creative, responsible and adaptable.
- Equip learners with a strong foundation in the application of digital tools.
- Provide learners with anytime, anywhere access to a variety of technologies and the skills to choose them appropriately.
We are also aware that such transformations do not occur by accident so we have a team of Learning Technology Teachers to support our faculty in redefining teaching and learning as they review, incorporate and evaluate new technologies.
The goal of the Student Support Services department at MIS is to support all students’ development as they move through the school by providing comprehensive programmes addressing their needs in the realms of academic, personal/social, career and further education.
We recognise and value the diverse learning needs of our students. As such, our faculty implement strategies within the classroom to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of a range of learning styles. MIS has a comprehensive Student Support Services Department that includes Learning/Academic Support faculty, as well as personal, college and career counseling.
An important support service of international schools is to assist students with transitions. The Junior, Middle and Senior School staff collaborate to ensure that the progress of students into the next school proceeds as smoothly as possible.
Each August we welcome new students and their families through orientation activities. Each Spring, Junior and Middle School support staff work closely with subject teachers to prepare Grade 4 students’ transition to the Middle School. Senior School support staff also cooperate with the Middle School to ease students into the Senior School Programme. We also support grade 11 and 12 students in preparation for life beyond MIS. Back to top