British International School of Washington

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British International School of Washington
British School of Washington
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British International School of Washington is located in the District of Columbia
British International School of Washington
British International School of Washington
British International School of Washington is located in the United States
British International School of Washington
British International School of Washington
2001 Wisconsin Ave NW

Washington
,
DC
20007

United States
Coordinates38°55′0.7″N 77°4′3.5″W / 38.916861°N 77.067639°W / 38.916861; -77.067639Coordinates: 38°55′0.7″N 77°4′3.5″W / 38.916861°N 77.067639°W / 38.916861; -77.067639
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School typePrivate, for-profit
Established1998
FounderDr. Leslie Stagg
GradesPre-Nursery (PK2) to Year 13
Age range2 to 18
Enrollment510
Capacity745
AccreditationNEASC, IB, IPC
Website

The British International School of Washington (BISW) is a for-profit, nonsectarian, co-educational, international school located in the Georgetown neighborhood[1] in Washington, D.C. BISW provides education for pupils aged between 2 and 18 (UK Pre-Nursery - Year 13 | US Pre-K2 - Grade 12). BISW was originally founded in September 1998 as The British School of Washington by Dr. Lesley Stagg. In 2013, via hostile takeover, BISW joined Nord Anglia Education,[2] an international education provider owned by the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. To date, Nord Anglia has claimed 61 international schools in 28 countries with over 61,000 students.[3] The British International School of Washington relocated in 2008 to its current location near Georgetown University, from whom the school leases property.

Curriculum[edit]

The British International School of Washington offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)[4] for students in Years 12 and 13 (US Grades 11 and 12), the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) in Years 10 and 11 (US Grades 9 and 10) and the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC).[5] The Primary School, which includes Nursery to Year 6 (Pre-K-Grade 5), offers the International Primary Curriculum (IPC),[6] a curriculum for 3-12 year olds used by schools in more than 90 countries around the world—adopting best practices from the British National Curriculum (England and Wales).

Student profile and nationality[edit]

The British International School of Washington's current enrolment comprises approximately 500 students, yet has space to accommodate 745 pupils. As such, the school invites new applicants throughout the academic year. There are allegedly over sixty nationalities represented at the school. Moreover, the school serves pupils from Nursery School to Year 13 (Pre-kindergarten to Grade 12 in the United States of America, respectively).

Teachers[edit]

A majority of BISW teachers are of British heritage, and were thus educated in the United Kingdom.[7] Despite an overwhelmingly British presence amongst staff, courses are designed to reflect a worldly perspective and the diverse nature of the school’s pupils.

Global initiatives[edit]

Nord Anglia Education Global Campus[edit]

BISW is part of Nord Anglia Education Global Campus—previously affiliated with Meritas, and thus connects 61,000 students worldwide.[8]

Juilliard Nord-Anglia Performing Arts Program[edit]

On February 24, 2015, Juilliard School and Nord Anglia Education announced the formation of The Juilliard-Nord Anglia Performing Arts Program, a multifaceted collaboration involving an innovative arts education curriculum for Pre-K students through Year 13.

Activities[edit]

Sports[edit]

BISW has myriad sports including basketball, football (soccer), volleyball, netball, cross country, and tennis.

Houses[edit]

In keeping with British traditions, BISW has four houses named after 3 local rivers and one bay: Patuxent, Potomac, Chesapeake and Shenandoah.

Affiliation and associations[edit]

The British International School holds accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on International Education (CIE). BISW is also accredited to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IDBP)[9] and accredited by Fieldwork Education (self-accredited) as a Learning-Focused School.[10] The school is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the European Council of International Schools (ECIS), the Council of British International Schools (COBIS), the Council for International Schools in the Americas (CISTA), and the British American Business Association (BABA).

BISW has a pseudo active Parents' Association, governed by a Board of 11 volunteer parents that organizes social events and represents the views of a select few parents.[11]

See also[edit]

American schools in the United Kingdom:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Old Georgetown Act (Public Law 81-808)". US Commission of Fine Arts.
  2. ^ News, The PIE. "International Education News l The PIE News l WCL Group sold to Nord Anglia Education". thepienews.com.
  3. ^ Education, Nord Anglia. "About Nord Anglia". nordangliaeducation.com.
  4. ^ "IB World School - British International School of Washington". ibo.org.
  5. ^ "The International Middle Years Curriculum".
  6. ^ "The International Primary Curriculum".
  7. ^ "Nord Anglia Education's (NORD) CEO Andrew Fitzmaurice on Q1 2015 Results - Earnings Call Transcript". www.nasdaq.com.
  8. ^ "Nord Anglia Education". www.reachastudent.com.
  9. ^ "IB World School - British International School of Washington". ibo.org.
  10. ^ "IPC School - British International School of Washington". fieldworkeducation.com.
  11. ^ "Parental Involvement and Influence". britishschoolofwashington.org. Archived from the original on 7 November 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014.

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