Shaping the Future – Grades 6 to 12
Shaping the Future – Grades 6 to 12
The FIS Secondary School consists of Grade 6 through to Grade 12.
Students in current Grade 6 will follow the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP 1 to 5) for five years. The MYP provides the basis for a balanced international curriculum which is designed to encourage high academic standards through a practical approach to teaching and learning. The MYP also ensures a solid foundation for students who will be participating in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP) 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, IB and High School Diploma Programs foster the attributes that the FIS cherishes; namely, the nurturing of international mindedness, respect for all cultures, responsible global citizenship and equipping students with the tools to be a life-long learner. These are core values at the FIS.
A normal Secondary School day runs on weekdays from 8:30 to 15:40.
Over the past 25 years, the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) has aimed to develop active learners and internationally minded young people who can empathize with others and pursue lives of purpose and meaning. This program aligns with the FIS Mission and Vision, and empowers students to inquire into a wide range of issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally and globally. Aligning with our strategic plan, the MYP helps students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. Schools choose to offer the MYP because research shows that it gives students the opportunity to build confidence in managing their own learning, to learn by doing, to connect the classroom to the larger world, to consistently have greater success in IB Diploma Programme examinations, and to develop an understanding of global challenges and a commitment to act as responsible citizens. (Adapted from “About the MYP”)
The MYP, that runs from Grades 6 to 10 in Secondary School (MYP 1 to 5), provides sound preparation for students who will be participating in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP) in Grades 11 and 12. Every student is also given the opportunity to graduate in Grade 12 with the FIS High School Diploma.
For detailed information about the DP curriculum and courses, please refer to the MYP 4 and 5 Booklet under Documents.
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) comprises eight subject groups:
The MYP requires at least 50 hours of teaching time for each subject group in each year of the program. In MYP years 4 and 5, students have the option to take courses from six of the eight subject groups within certain limits, to provide greater flexibility in meeting local requirements and individual student learning needs (MYP curriculum).
The MYP is recognized by the Zeugnisanerkennungsstelle für den Freistaat Bayern as an equivalent to the Mittlerer Schulabschluss, a school graduation awarded at age 16. The authoritative and detailed information on MYP 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
Telephone: 09831 / 686 – 252
Further details and opening times on their website.
The rigor of the IB Diploma and Certificates is recognized by universities and colleges around the world. Some institutions actively recruit Diploma students. Most universities and colleges have IB recognition criteria published on their websites. Some insist on a Diploma with a minimum of 28 points and/or 5 points, or better, in Higher Level subjects. Prestigious institutions often have higher minimum standards such as 6 or 7 points in Higher Level subjects. The IB website has details of many of these conditions for recognition.
Students who wish to study at Bavarian universities must meet conditions set by the Bavarian Ministry of Education, and their Diploma may be transcribed to an equivalent status with the Abitur. These conditions include Mathematics at Higher or Standard Level, one “A” language, and one second language at Higher Level, etc. The Bavarian Ministry of Education made changes for the recognition of the diploma in April 2019 and they can be found below.
The FIS offers the following IB Diploma courses for study. Courses run subject to student demand and timetabling constraints:
Every student is given the opportunity to graduate in Grade 12 with the FIS High School Diploma. This diploma is offered in addition to the IB. The IB is an academically challenging program, therefore it is hoped that the FIS High School Diploma will be the minimum requirement with which every student will be graduating.
All students who successfully complete their studies receive a FIS High School Diploma. Credits are earned per semester for grades of 3 or higher in each course taken in Grades 9 to 12.
The minimum requirement for a FIS High School Diploma is 24 units of credit as follows:
For award of the High School Diploma, students must demonstrate continuous participation in the Service as Action (Grades 9 and 10) and Creativity Activity Service programs (Grades 11 and 12), meeting all stated learning objectives.
Continuous participation in Physical Education is required for graduation.
In High School, an overall minimum 85% attendance level (including excused and unexcused absences) is required for successful graduation and the award of a High School Diploma.
At the exceptional discretion of the Director, students who do meet all of the above criteria, but have nonetheless demonstrated valid academic achievement, to the required level, in other ways, may be awarded a High School Diploma. In such a case, the Diploma will be supported by an explanatory letter, issued to the student.
The FIS High School Diploma is recognised for entry into a number of American colleges through our accreditation with New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC). As well, in combination with a SAT score of 1300 or above, a FIS High School Diploma is recognised for study in German universities.
Research shows that students learn better in a positive culture that connects them to learning. Having a safe and caring environment, supportive and personalized learning experiences, and personal relationships allow students to develop a connection to the school and optimize educational success. They can also reduce at-risk behavior and minimize discipline problems within the school environment. Adolescents, in particular, are dealing with many challenges physically, emotionally, and cognitively. An Advisory Program can provide the elements necessary to help students develop socially and to succeed academically.
The goal of the Advisory Program at the FIS is personalization. Through an ongoing mentor relationship with a teacher-advisor in a small group setting, students will develop interpersonal skills that will help them cope with the increasing demands of schooling, as well as the more complex social demands of adolescence. Specifically, the purpose of the Advisory Program at the FIS is:
In Middle School, all students participate in the Advisory Program, which takes place each morning with a grade level teacher and a small group of students. In the Middle School, there are three advisors assigned to each grade level. We use the IB Learner Profile traits and individual student interests to guide advisory activities. The Advisory Program offers students time to reflect on their approaches to learning, foster international mindedness, build a caring and cooperative environment, and develop positive relationships with teachers and students. The advisor plays a central role in having oversight of the pastoral and academic welfare of the advisees under their care, and acts as a reliable and visible first point of contact for advisees, their teachers and parents.
The FIS has participated in two successful World Challenge expeditions since 2013. One team spent 10 days in Romania developing a community project that promoted the use of natural water resources in the town of Tusnad. Another team spent 14 days in Morocco, where they worked to improve a local school in Ouarzazate and hiked the Atlas Mountains.
World Challenge provides educational expeditions in the developing world which teach life skills and expand minds outside the classroom. As the original school expeditions company, World Challenge offers an unrivalled range of expeditions geared to the education of young people. With over 20 years of experience, students and teachers benefit from a level of expedition safety and service second to none.
For more details about World Challenge please go to http://www.world-challenge.co.uk/
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