Secondary School

Shaping the Future – Grades 6 to 12

The FIS Secondary School consists of Grade 6 through to Grade 12. Adolescence is a time for increased independence in learning and preparation for life after secondary school. Our programs and a range of enriching experiences help students develop the skills, dispositions and understandings needed for secondary school success. FIS graduates are well prepared for higher education at universities around the world, and our alumni have achieved success in a variety of careers and endeavors.

Students in Grades 6-10 follow the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme. The MYP is an academic framework that encourages learners to embrace and understand the connections between traditional disciplines and the world around them, as well as becoming creative, critical and reflective thinkers. The program ensures a solid foundation for students as they move into Grades 11 and 12.

Students in Grades 11 and 12 study courses from a range of IB Diploma Programme course offerings. While all students pursue a FIS High School Diploma, they can choose to pursue the full IB Diploma or to take courses for IB Course Certificates.

All our programs and enriching experiences 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 8:25 to 15:40.

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme

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 Curriculum Booklet 2021/2022.

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) comprises eight subject groups:

  • Language acquisition
  • Language and literature
  • Individuals and societies
  • Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Arts
  • Physical and health education
  • Design

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).

MYP Recognition in Bavaria

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
91710 Gunzenhausen
Telephone: 09831 / 686 – 252

Further details and opening times on their website.