High School

Gateway to the Future – Grade 9 to 12

The FIS High School consists of Grade 9 through to Grade 12.

Students in current Grade 9 will follow the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP 4 and 5) for two years. Current Grade 10 students will be undertaking the International General Certificates in Secondary Education (IGCSE), which will then be phased out. Both the MYP and IGCSE provide the basis for a balanced international curriculum which is designed to encourage high academic standards through a practical approach to teaching and learning. Both the MYP and the IGCSE offer a solid foundation to students who will be participating in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme in Grades 11 and 12. 

Students in Grades 11 and 12 may opt to follow a modified program leading to a High School Diploma without the IB Diploma. The MYP, IGCSE, IB and High School Diploma Programs foster the attributes that the FIS cherishes; namely, the nurturing of international mindedness, the respect for all cultures, responsible global citizenship and equipping students with the tools to be a life-long learner. These are the core values of the FIS High School.

A normal High School day runs on weekdays from 8:30 to 15:40.

International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)

The IGCSE examinations, administered by Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE), are well-recognized international qualifications for 14 to 16-year-olds. The IGCSE is acknowledged by leading universities and employers, and is an international passport to future progression and success. Leading universities and employers worldwide accept Cambridge IGCSE as evidence of academic ability.

IGCSE Recognition in Bavaria

The IGCSE exams are recognized by the Zeugnisanerkennungsstelle für den Freistaat Bayern as an equivalent to the Mittlerer Schulabschluss, a school graduation award at age 16, but only when the following combination of subjects is passed with a grade C or above:

  • Two languages, typically German and English (English only accepted at First Language level)
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History or Geography

The authoritative and detailed information on IGCSE recognition by the Zeugnisanerkennungsstelle should be carefully consulted in the following document:

The process of recognition has to be undertaken by the parents/students themselves, on an individual basis, at the Zeugnisanerkennungsstelle für den Freistaat Bayern. It is recommended to make initial contact with the Zeugnisanerkennungsstelle by the end of Grade 9, to confirm requirements, process and timeline.

Please note that, as of 2019, the office where IB MYP and Diploma Programme recognitions are received and processed is in Gunzenhausen (formerly in Munich):

Bayerisches Landesamt für Schule
Stuttgarter Straße 1
91710 Gunzenhausen
Telephone: 09831 / 686 – 252
Email: zast@las.bayern.de

Further details and opening times on their website.