The Independent Bonn International School, now known as IBIS, is the oldest and longest established international school in Bonn. Founded in 1963 by a group of parents, it was called the British Embassy Preparatory School (BEPS) for many years.
Originally located in Friesdorf, it moved to a villa in Am Büchel before the Stadt Bonn offered the school its present, purpose-built site on the Heiderhof in Bad Godesberg.
For many years when the embassies were in Bonn over 200 children from 35 countries attended the school. When the embassies departed some of the expanding local companies such as Telekom, Post and DHL started sending their children to IBIS. The school is also very important for the United Nations.
The school has continued to expand the site and enhance the facilities. A single-storey extension was opened in 1987 by Their Royal Highnesses, the Prince and Princess of Wales. In 1989 a two-storey extension was added to the main building providing more classrooms for special subjects, along with a library, a computer lab and a kitchen. In 2005 an extension was added to the front of the building giving the school new classrooms, administration offices and a new entrance area. The Kindergarten facilities were also totally rebuilt. In 2013/2014 a multi-purpose building for better dining facilities and a larger hall was built.
During this time, the school also celebrated its 50th anniversary and various celebrations were held throughout the school year. Due to the move of many embassies to Berlin in 1997 the school changed its name to the current one but it is still often referred to locally as the “britische Schule”. As well as a large group of pupils from Great Britain, the United States and other English-speaking countries, some 33 nationalities are still represented.