Learning at LIS
Structure and Programmes
In Grades 6-8, students study a common core of English, German, Mathematics, Social Studies (Geography and History) and Science as well as Music, Physical Education and Information Technology. French or Spanish as the third language is offered from Grade 6 upwards.
The Grade 9-10 programme allows the students to sit the IGCSE examinations and gain the International Certificate of Education Diploma. Examinations are set and evaluated externally by the IGCSE Board in Cambridge, England. This programme is a very good preparation for the IB programme and each year some students will join Grade 9 or Grade 10 to prepare for this rather than to take a complete set of IGCSEs.
In Grade 11-12 students may enroll in the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP). During Grade 10 they will receive information and guidance to ensure that each student is in the programme best suited to his/her academic needs and goals for the future. The IBDP includes the study of Theory of Knowledge (ToK), the completion of a piece of original research in the Extended Essay and the completion of a programme of Creativity, Action and Service (CAS). The IB examinations at the end of Grade 12 are set and evaluated externally by the IB Board of examiners. Graduating with the IB Diploma, students have access to the world’s leading universities. Our students aim for and enter some of the best Universities in the world - Oxford, Cambridge, London School of Economics, ETH Zurich and many others.
IB Diploma is recognized as German Abitur
Students who take certain courses and achieve certain exam scores can have their International Baccalaureate Diploma recognized as equivalent to the German Abitur. Details about the German recognition of the IB Diploma can be found at the website of the Kultusministerkonferenz and in the Download box on the right.
We prepare students for the following examinations and diplomas:
The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)
With the appropriate results, the certificate enables the transition to our IB Diploma Programme. For school leavers who do not aspire further academic education, it is a solid foundation for starting a career or apprenticeship.
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)
The IB diploma is recognised as a university entrance qualification in almost all countries of the world. It has been established worldwide for over 50 years (1968) and is represented in almost 1500 schools in about 120 countries around the world.
Monitoring of Progress
All students in Grades 6-8 have a Student Planner that is reviewed and signed by their Form Tutor and the parents every week. Grade 9 students are expected to take more personal responsibility for their learning and achievement and in Grades 11 and 12 the prime responsibility for monitoring progress lies with the students themselves. However, the Form Tutor will still monitor their progress and step in when needed.
Teachers discuss each student’s progress several times throughout the year in team meetings (each class is discussed once every six weeks on average). At these meetings teachers are consulted about the prospects of keeping a student in a particular programme, allowing a student to repeat a year, et cetera. If a student has trouble coping with the grade level this is noticed and discussed with the student and the parents before the end of the school year.