Berlin Metropolitan School is authorized by the leading institutions in international education. Throughout the cycle of school development, BMS sought to achieve the recognition of membership of both national and international curriculum and institutional authorization bodies. This work represents passing rigorous and extensive authorization inspections, where all sections of our school program where assessed with focused detailed.
At BMS, we are dedicated to providing our students with an international school program from the Early Learning years through to when they receive their Diploma Programme and go on to pursue university and vocational pursuits. To this end, BMS has completed numerous authorizations in order to provide an education rich in international mindedness and global engagement but also one with provides our students with a rigorous and highly supportive approach to their academic attainment.
BMS is authorized to teach the leading international curriculum programs for its complete K-12 program. For our Early Learners as well as Primary School students, BMS is authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO), to teach the Primary Years Programme (PYP). This specific authorization allows us to teach the program fully from the start of school at age 3 to completion of the PYP in Grade 6.
In tandem with this international curriculum authorization, BMS is authorized and recognized by the Berlin Senate for Education, Youth and Science to administer both the Berlin Education Program as well as the Berlin Framework Curriculum. These authorizations represent extensive collaboration and inspections with the local Berlin Senate and allow our students to benefit from the local school curriculum in preparation for their Secondary School years.
In Grades 9 and 10, BMS is authorized to teach the program of Cambridge University, offering students an international education across a set of 6 subject groups and preparing students for the rigorous assessment structures of the Diploma Programme in Grades 11-12.
The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), represents the culmination of this curriculum structure upon completion in Grade 10 and allows us to offer a Grade 10 school-leaving certificate.
In addition to the IGCSE, BMS is authorized to teach the Diploma Programme from the International Baccalaureate Organisation in Grades 11-12. As with the authorization for the PYP, this authorization allows us to teach the full Diploma Programme across six subjects and award a school diploma for university studies and vocational pursuits.
With all curriculum authorizations in our K-12 structure, BMS must complete extensive reviews of our ability to effectively administer the programs. The latter includes audits from the authorization bodies every five years, where curriculum documentation, visits to classrooms, and assessment structures are critical assessed to ensure both quality and adherence to the DP, IGCSE and PYP standards.
In addition to curriculum authorizations, BMS is a member of key institutions aimed at promoting a commitment to excellence in international education. To this end, BMS is a member of the Association of German International Schools (AGIS), the Council of International Schools (CIS), as well as the Educational Collaborative for International Schools (ECIS). Being a member of these educational bodies allows BMS to benefit from a global network of international schools, participate in workshops and trainings on the leading developments in international education, and collaborate on projects to further strengthen our institutional advancement as one of the leading schools in international education within Germany.
In addition, CIS allows schools to become fully accredited members, thus enabling schools to be recognized as an institute of international education in implementing educational programs, but also institutional structures like finance, governance, human resources and the like.