• 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.

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Lizzie Sowells

I was born and raised in Camden, North London. I gained a BA Honors in Social Sciences from Manchester Metropolitan University, specialising in Social Administration. Upon graduating, I worked in Political Public Relations, where for 7 years, I was engaged in event organising and fundraising.   I took a career break to raise my children at home and when my youngest child had started full time school I started volunteering as a reading mentor at a local school in London.  In 2009, we relocated as a family to Washington, DC. I continued volunteering as a reading mentor in the USA before joining BISW as a Learning Assistant in the Nursery in 2011.

I worked in Nursery for three years, where I became the Lead Learning Assistant for the school, and ran the Little Acorns parent and toddler group.  In 2015, I was very excited to be asked to become the teacher for the inaugural 2 Year Old Program. I am currently employed as a teacher in the 2 Year Old Program.


I feel very excited to get to work with the youngest members of our community as they begin their schooling and transition in to an early educational environment. It is a real joy to see the children making connections, developing independence and driving their learning forward. I have always had an interest in Child Development and Psychology and find my role both incredibly stimulating and rewarding.


British International School of Washington is a very special community where Early Years Education is taught through themes which give the children the opportunity to guide their own learning in a safe, fun and age appropriate way, supported by a very experienced Foundation Team.


Outside of school, I have two children, Izzy (13), and Henry (11), who keep me very busy along with my husband, David, (who is a Political Consultant), and my dog, Kipper (Wheaten Terrier).  I enjoy cooking, Pilates, and travelling.

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