British International School of Chicago Lincoln Park
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|British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park|
|814 W. Eastman Street
Chicago, Illinois 60642
|School type||Preschool and Primary School|
|Grades||Nursery to Year 6 (5th Grade)|
|Age range||2 to 11|
|Houses||4 (Blackhawk, Dayton, Eastman, Halsted)|
|Accreditation||IB, CIS, COBIS|
British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park (BISC Lincoln Park) is a private international school for Nursery to Year 6 students (ages 2 to 11) located in the Clybourn Corridor of Cook County, Illinois. In September 2001, BISC Lincoln Park was the fourth school to open in the United States by the British Schools of America and first campus to open in the Midwest. BISC Lincoln Park is now operated by Nord Anglia Education and is part of a network of 42 schools around the world. The private elementary school is divided into three learning stages: Early Years Foundation Stage (pre-nursery, nursery school and Pre-K, ages 2 to 5), Key Stage 1 (primary school, ages 5 to 7), and Key Stage 2 (primary school, ages 7 to 11).
The school takes an international approach to learning, offers the merits of an urban campus type experience and is also well known in the area for the British International School of Chicago Music School, which offers students and members of the community the chance to take individual and group music lessons.
- 1 History
- 2 Campus
- 3 Students
- 4 Curriculum
- 5 Sports, Clubs, and Traditions
- 6 Global Initiatives & Collaborations
- 7 Teachers
- 8 Notable Visitors
- 9 Awards & Accreditation
- 10 Parent Company
- 11 External links
- 12 References
British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park (originally British School of Chicago) opened its door in the Edgewater community area on the north side of the city in 2001 nearby the Manor House in Bryn Mawr Historic District for parents seeking an alternative to the public school model. In 2008, the school relocated to a newly constructed building in the Lincoln Park neighborhood designed by a firm from award-winning architect Joseph Valerio. Appointed in January 2015, Principal Mel Curtis moved from the Ecole des Roches in France and took over the leadership role at the Lincoln Park campus from founding headmaster Mike Horton who now leads the South Loop campus. In her new role, Curtis led a series of renovations that took place over the summer of 2015, followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Jesse White and a sidewalk mural commissioned by the school designed by local Chicago artist, Nancy Pochis Bank.
The 75,000 square foot, five-story campus for British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park was designed for an enrollment of up to 650 students and a 70-person staff. The campus features an architectural framework of columns and beams, a curving exterior, prominently placed bay windows, and high-ceiling gym on the upper floors. The building features more than 40 learning spaces, including an indoor and outdoor physical development space, robotics and science labs, a maker space, dance studio, library, a STEAM corridor meant to bridge different areas of learning, and roof deck with views of the downtown Chicago skyline. It is located in the 60642 area code and part of the 27th Ward represented by Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr.
British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park serves pre-Nursery through Year 6 students ages 2 to 11. The majority of pupils are Americans followed by UK, Indian, Chinese, and Brazilian citizens who help populate Chicago's large foreign-born population. BISC Lincoln Park students follow Nord Anglia's "Be Ambitious" philosophy to develop intellectual, cultural, and emotional skills. As learners at a Nord Anglia Education international school, students have access to the Juilliard-Nord Anglia Performing Arts Program and the Global Campus. In addition, students often take field trips off campus to nearby Lincoln park destinations such as the Chicago History Museum, The Second City Theater, Lincoln Park Zoo, and North Avenue Beach.
Awards, Recognition, and Special Appearances
British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park students have earned awards, recognition, and special appearances as follows:
- The Boy and the Tree - Author
- Chicago Med - Guest Actress Appearance
- Chicago Toy & Game Fair - Young Inventor Challenge Winner
- WGN's Friday Forecaster - Guest Appearance
- World Education Games - Ambassador
British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park bases its values-based, global education learning goals on the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and the National Curriculum. The school teaches the specialized subjects of art, entrepreneurship and innovation, information and computing technology, literacy, math, modern foreign languages, music, physical and health education, and science. In particular, the Chicago school emphasizes the benefits of a STEAM program, collaborates with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to implement a STEAM program based on a multi-disciplinary approach pioneered by MIT, is part of the Juilliard-Nord Anglia Performing Arts Program, operates its own music school, and participates in the Nord Anglia Education Global Campus program.
Sports, Clubs, and Traditions
British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park coaches a boys and girls basketball team, the BISC Lincoln Park Bulldogs. The school's mascot is Barkley the Bulldog, a British reference to the popular English Bulldog.
BISC Lincoln Park runs an average of over 40 clubs each school year. The most popular clubs are Taekwondo, chess, and CrossFit for kids. In addition the school offers a newspaper and journalism club whose students produce the campus newspaper, The Bulldog Bugle, as well as the newscast, The Bulldog Bugle TV.
According to English private school traditions, BISC Lincoln Park introduced its own House system to help younger students to mix with older students. The private school campus is divided into four houses, all based on the streets surrounding the school's perimeters:
- Animal: Fox
- Object: Lightning bolt
- Motto: Amat Victoria Curam
- Qualities: Resilience, Dedication, Integrity
- Color: Orange
- Animal: Goose
- Object: Goose feather
- Motto: Semper Tenax
- Qualities: Passion, Generosity, Courage, United
- Color: Yellow
- Animal: Bear
- Object: Ice
- Motto: Altius Citius Fortius
- Qualities: Compassionate, Determined, Hardworking
- Color: Purple
- Animal: Cardinal
- Object: Wood, Wool, Compass, Telescope
- Motto: Dum Spiro Spero
- Qualities: Compassion, Ambition, Courage, Faith
- Color: Red
Global Initiatives & Collaborations
Juilliard Nord-Anglia Performing Arts Program
In February 2015, Nord Anglia Education and The Juilliard School selected British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park as one of ten Nord Anglia schools to pilot the launch of the Juilliard Nord Anglia-Performing Arts Program. The campus officially implemented the program in the fall term of 2015. Since then, The Juilliard School has been named the world's best university for the study of performing arts, and BISC Lincoln Park and students have received visits and performed for Juilliard President Dr. Joseph W. Polisi and Juilliard faculty member and Grammy-award winning artist Itzhak Perlman. Studies have shown that a performing arts program improves test scores, reading proficiency, and overall academic achievement. The learning-model program is built around the key works of music, dance, and drama with special visits and workshops led by various Juilliard alumni.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Collaboration
In early summer of 2016, British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park announced it will become one of the 13 inaugural Nord Anglia Education schools to collaborate with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to enhance science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM) teaching and learning for K-12 students. Launching in September 2016, the program includes the development of a series of in-school challenges for students which focus on the juncture between the five STEAM disciplines. Nord Anglia CEO Fitzmaurice believes the collaboration will ensure students are equipped with the skills to succeed in the future workplace.
The vast majority of the BISC Lincoln Park staff are British and are educated in the United Kingdom. They all hold mainly UK degrees as well as teaching qualifications. Some teaching staff hold master's degrees.The school actively promotes the professional development of teaching staff through an ongoing program of training called Nord Anglia University carried out in the US, UK, and Europe to promote world-class learning practices through adapting and adopting examples of best educational practice from around the world. While the teaching staff are primarily British educated and teach the English curriculum, courses are designed to reflect a global perspective and the international nature of the student body.
British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park has received notable visits from experts in the arts, education, entertainment, government, literary, music, political, scientific fields, and more.
- Ron Clavier, author and neuroscientist
- Dame Alison Peacock, Creating Learning without Limits author
- Itzhak Perlman, violinist and conductor
- Peter and Will Anderson Trio, jazz musicians
- Joseph W. Polisi, The Juilliard School President
- Andrew Roitstein, double bassist
- Geoff Saign, WhipEye author and International Book Awards winner
- Macy Sullivan, professional dancer
- Jesse White, Illinois Secretary of State
Awards & Accreditation
In 2006, British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park (then British School of Chicago) won the British Consul General Award from the British American Business Council for advancing relations between the U.K. and the U.S. as well as increasing the company's international exposure.
British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park is accredited by the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and the Council of International Schools (CIS). In 2010, the private school was the fourth only in the world to achieve "mastering" level in all areas in delivering the IPC. As of March 2016, the school is applying for Council of British International Schools (COBIS) accreditation.
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