About us


Allgemeines

The Wangari Maathai International School (WMIS), Berlin’s Second International School, provides a well-balanced educational program with classes in German and English for children from highly mobile families as well as those who live permanently in Berlin. The current school community represents over 20 different nations.

WMIS began accepting first graders in the 2017/18 school year. Today, the school consists of four classes of first and second graders (A, B, C and D), who are taught in mixed classes following the Flex system. They are each taught and supervised by a team of teachers (German-speaking/English-speaking) and an educator.

The WMIS is currently a full-day primary school, with medium term goals to grow to grades 1 to 6. In the long term, we are planning to offer a lower secondary level with grades 7 to 10, as well as an upper secondary level with the possibility of acquiring a qualification that will allow students to pursue higher education (“Hochschulzugangsberechtigung”). This would either be the equivalent of the German “Abitur” or the International Baccalaureate (IB). The IB could be offered in collaboration with another international school.

The school building at Babelsberger Straße 24 will remain our location for the next few years, but as our school grows, another location may be necessary. The Senate Administration is currently investigating future possibilities.

bilingualism

Within the framework of native or partner language lessons, classes are held in German or English, respectively. Students who demonstrate a mother-tongue competence level in both languages can attend classes in both subjects at mother-tongue level. Students who are not yet familiar with the German language will receive additional support lessons in German (Förderdeutsch) in order to participate in the German subject lessons effectively. Each class consists of equal numbers of German mother tongue speakers and English mother tongue speakers. Each class is mentored by two class teachers (one German-speaking and one English-speaking) and, in the elementary level, an educator (“Erzieher”) who will stay committed for several years.

CLOTHING RECOMMENDATION AND SCHOOL BUS

There is no dress code. Students are not required to wear a uniform.

Currently there is no organized school bus at WMIS. However, some parents have arranged among themselves to support one another.