• Authentically International

    "International" is more than a label here. It is at the very core of everything we do and how we do it.

    Students coming to school in the morning

  • Transferable Curriculum

    A curriculum handpicked for its international focus and global recognition, culminating in the IB Program.

    Students at the British International School of Washington

  • Inspiring Each Other

    Our students will embrace your child with open arms. Our students inspire each other to succeed.

    IPC Curriculum- Walk in the woods

  • Dedicated and Inspiring

    Our teachers are recruited for their ability to nurture lifelong learners and inspire excellence.

    Teacher and student at the British International School Washington

  • Your New Community

    We welcome you to our inclusive community. From day one you and your child will feel at home with us.

    excited students at the British International School of Washington

  • Every Day is Different

    Your child will experience something new every day. Find out what's happening and connect with each other.

    Build a plane launch

  • Ask Anything

    Speaking directly with us is the best way to get your questions answered quickly. We look forward to hearing from you.

    A girl raises hand  for questions

Alasdair Selmes

I studied a joint honours degree in French and Spanish at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, in north-east England. During my degree I spent time working abroad in France and in Spain, where I was an English language assistant. It was this experience working in Spanish schools which turned me towards teaching as a career and after graduating I undertook a PGCE in Modern Languages at Homerton College, Cambridge University.

I went on to teach French and Spanish in state schools in Cambridgeshire before moving to London in 2012 to work at Dulwich College, a large independent school. Having previously lived in Canada and travelled widely in the USA, enjoying both experiences immensely, I was keen to return to North America and so it was an easy decision to accept a post at BISW when the opportunity arose.

Outside the classroom my interests include travelling, music, and sport. I have visited a range of countries from Japan to Tanzania, have played the guitar from an early age, and am an avid fan of rugby and cricket. I love to cook, and have a keen interest in French Impressionist art as well as contemporary cinema, photography, hiking, and snowboarding. Having been born in Edinburgh I am also passionate about all things Scottish and try to visit my family cottage in the North West Highlands whenever I can.

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