What is our curriculum?
At the British International School of Houston, we are constantly changing and developing our academic curriculum to ensure that it enables our students to reach the highest possible academic goals and prepares them completely for a successful life both in school and beyond. We ensure that it has both the rigor and capability of preparing our students for all of their ultimate exit points. Our curriculum is developed from a range of internationally recognized sources including; the International Baccalaureate with both the Diploma Programme (IBDP) and the Career Related Programme (IBCP), the National Curriculum of England, the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Juilliard and the IGCSE Programme from Cambridge International Examinations.
Why not just adopt one model?
With our increasing numbers, alongside the ever-growing diversity of our community, we continue to work hard to ensure that our academic curriculum meets the needs of all of our students and supports them as they strive for each of their personal goals. With a student body that consists of over 60 nationalities, it is clear that a ‘one size fits all’ approach would simply not do this. Therefore, we take the best of the best and most appropriate for all of our students and adapt it to fit our context to ensure that the needs of all students are met.
How can we be sure it is effective and measures up to others on offer?
We measure the effectiveness of our curriculum in three ways. Firstly, we look to the results that our students achieve in the external examinations that they are entered for. In the 2016/17 IGCSE examination entry 84.06% of our students achieved an A*, A or B grade. Whilst in our IBDP cohort our average point score was 34.1 points, which is significantly higher than the world average. Secondly, we utilise internationally recognised testing programmes, like the Cognitive Abilities Test, to provide us with further data. Tests like these offer us another piece of information that allows us in turn to build a full picture of our students on their journey with us from when they arrive right up until graduation. Finally, we work with a number of world leading organisations from Nord Anglia to Juilliard, MIT, Kings College London and many more to ensure that we have the best possible insight into how to prepare our children for the exciting and enormous challenges that lie ahead when they graduate.