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Educational Concept

At Berlin Bilingual Secondary School, we value students as individuals and integral members of a community. They are taught to be active and reflective learners, focusing not only on what to learn, but also how to learn. 

Our teachers also love learning. They encourage and help students to make continual progress rather than focus only on what it takes to be ‘successful’. Of course, we measure progress by standards, but our students take pride in their personal development no matter what their level of achievement. While standards are set high for all students, we fully respect and embrace individual needs. 

Learning is at the heart of our school, be it in the classroom, the science laboratory or the music room, at the printing press, on the school yard or in the cafeteria. We aim for learning to be life-long and to create an environment that prepares students for an ever-changing world.

Duales Lernen

At BBS, we understand that practical and contextual opportunities enrich learning. Integrated into the curriculum as a workshop, the Duales Lernen programme lets students put their own knowledge and skills into practice within the professional workplace.

The programme starts with students exploring different roles in the workplace of our Primary school. Through a combination of hands-on experience and the preparation of a reflective portfolio, students experience school from the perspective of the people who work there: from those working in the classroom to those in the kitchen and garden. 

The parent-led ‘Library Workshop’ also promotes work-based learning. Students are trained and guided in the self-organisation of the school library. During this workshop, students focus not only on the Secondary School library, but also assist in the running of the Primary School library.  

In the second half of the programme, students are assisted in researching diverse working opportunities in the local community, applying to organisations for a monthly or bi-monthly placement. 

Further opportunities for experience in the professional workplace:

  • From 2015, all students will be expected to participate in a ‘work experience’ day where they are supported individually in choosing and organising placements
  • Students in Grade 9 will additionally take part in a two-week Betriebspraktikum in June 2016

Supporting learning: House system

Berlin Bilingual Secondary School utilises a house system to support all students in their continuing personal and social development.

The system enables students to participate in a range of mixed-age activities, as well as providing an appointed time to discuss any issues with house tutors.
Two designated members of staff – overseen by the Student Wellbeing Coordinator – coordinate the weekly activities. The team regularly reviews these activities and topics to ensure their relevance for students’ growth and personal development. 

Pastoral care

Berlin Bilingual Secondary School views pastoral care as essential for a safe, happy and productive school. We define pastoral care as the holistic approach to meet the personal, social, emotional and intellectual needs of every student. This ensures that each student can participate fully and get the most out of what school has to offer. 

To aid with this we employ a part time School Counsellor (Vertrauenslehrer). The Berlin Bilingual School counsellor's role is to:

  • support the school in its aim to be a safe learning environment by supporting individual students or groups of students who are having social/emotional problems.
  • link families/students to comminity resources and services by providing information about support services available.
  • support our students through their pain, loss and anxiety and their triumphs, joys and victories.


Personal Development

The role of a secondary school is not just to provide opportunities for academic learning. At Berlin Bilingual Secondary School, we focus on the holistic development of our students so that they are well prepared for adult life. Many aspects of daily life cannot be 'taught' in specific subjects because they form the basis of who we are and how we relate to others. For this reason, students spend one lesson a week following a Personal Development course which covers social and emotional aspects, as well as topics relating to the transition to adulthood and the road that lies ahead.