• Authentically International

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

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  • Transferable Curriculum

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

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  • Inspiring Each Other

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

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  • Dedicated and Inspiring

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

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  • Your New Community

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

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  • Every Day is Different

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

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  • 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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The House System

"What surprises you first when you enter the British School of Washington are the very colorful walls. They bring life to the school and symbolize the four different 'houses': Potomac (red), Shenandoah (blue), Chesapeake (green) and Patuxent (yellow). Students of all ages are grouped together, just like in Harry Potter, and support each other during either sports or intellectual team competitions and events that school settles throughout the year.” - BSW Year 11 student
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British School of Washington has a traditional House system, with students of all ages working together for the good of their House team in a range of fun activities, including sports.

In both the Primary and Secondary School sections, House Captains and Deputies are chosen each year. They take responsibility for assisting in organizing house events and activities.

Our Houses are named:

  • Chesapeake
  • Patuxent
  • Potomac
  • Shenandoah
Benefits of the House System Include:

Building Community

  • New students can instantly identify as part of a team, helping them feel comfortable in a new school community more quickly
  • Our students develop strong bonds that reach across age groups

Leadership Building

  • Older students can take on the role of “older sibling” building leadership experience and growing confidence

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