Inside one of Europe’s most established international schools — Munich International School

Inside one of Europe’s most established international schools — Munich International School

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The Munich International School, one of Germany's first international schools, celebrated 50 years of motivating and inspiring students from all over the world. [Contributed by Munich International School]

This year, Munich International School (MIS) celebrated 50 years of educational excellence and a future full of exciting potential through a series of events and celebrations. The school began festivities in February 2016, marking 50 years since the signing of the Articles of Association in 1966 on the 26th. MIS was the first international school to be established in Munich and, at that time, one of only a handful of international schools to be found throughout Europe.

MIS came into existence in response to meeting the needs of a rapidly growing international community in Munich. Initially, the school was accredited in the United States and was designed to prepare students for U.S college entrance or for the British G.C.E. examinations. Today, Munich International School is an independent, non-profit International Baccalaureate (IB) World School that has been authorised by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) since 1980. MIS is also officially recognised by the Bavarian ministry of education and fully accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Munich International School opened its doors on 19 September 1966, welcoming approximately 120 students from reception through to grade eight at its location in Harlaching. Such was the significance to the local community, that the opening was covered by the Bavarian television and played back on the seven o’clock news that night. Then headmaster, Weert Hunersen, commented: “Our school year has begun on a happy note. Except for minor delays with buses this morning, everything went smoothly.”

A 50-year legacy in the making

In 1968, Munich International School moved to its current site in Percha, Starnberg. By spring 1980 the school population had reached approximately 625 students and construction of a new Junior School and Gymnasium had begun. The school’s Performing Arts Centre was completed at the end of 2003, laying the foundation for the School’s annual Arts Day — a celebration of cross-curricular art and learning that continues even today.

In 2013, construction began for a new, state of the art teaching and learning building as well as an eight lane, international standard track and soccer field, which was officially opened in May 2014. One year later in June 2015, the school was delighted to celebrate the opening of its magnificent new Languages, Arts and Design Centre (LADC).

“The light-filled classrooms are variously sized, and flexible in their configuration, so as to enable interactive learning. At the centre is a generous foyer, which fosters communication and collaboration outside of the classrooms, and creates a learning community. This is a building that lifts spirits and raises aspirations”, explained Chair of the MIS Board of Directors Wanching Ang. 

Munich International School in 2016

Today, Munich International School is not just another international school. Visitors see it immediately when they step onto the parkland campus. Students feel it every day through their inspiring interactions with its world-class faculty.

Munich International School currently welcomes more than 1200 students ages 4–18 who represent 64 nationalities and speak 39 various languages. 

Easily accessible from Munich, the school takes full advantage of its 26-acre campus in an idyllic nature preserve near Starnberg, to provide students with high-quality educational experiences both within well-equipped classrooms, laboratories and performing arts spaces and exceptional outdoor facilities.

Students at Munich International School routinely gain admission to the world's elite universities. Excellent academic programmes are embedded in a holistic, values-based curriculum that provides support and appropriate challenge for every child.

As part of its 50th Anniversary Year celebrations in 2016, Munich International School will celebrate with MIS Alumni and Friends at its annual Frühlingsfest weekend, 20–22 May 2016.  More information about these events and how to register can be found on the school’s website.

Additionally, the school welcomes prospective families to its campus almost every day of the year.  Families are warmly invited to visit the school and to experience first-hand how Munich International School is different.

For more information and to arrange a visit to MIS, please visit www.mis-munich.de or call +49(0)8151 366-120.

Munich International School 50th Anniversary Year


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