British International School of Boston has been the only school in Boston to offer this award of excellence since 2006.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award. At British International School of Boston, we're proud to be the only school in Boston to offer it.


What's the Award?

The Award is a program of activities. Each student who takes part in the program learns a skill, improves their physical fitness, volunteers in their community, and experiences a team adventure in a new environment. Success in the program is measured by regular participation over a fixed period of time, while showing commitment and progress in each activity. Throughout the program, all participants receive support from adult mentors, called Award Leaders, Assessors, and Coordinators.

For the Adventurous Journey, students go on a hiking expedition in New England. Previous locations have included Pawtuckaway State Park (NH), the Berkshires (MA), the White Mountains (NH), and Monadnock State Park (NH).


The Award Framework

The Award has three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. These are earned by varying time commitments, growing progressively longer from Bronze to Gold.

Students are eligible to start their Bronze Award in Year 10. During Years 12 and 13, IBDP students can count their activity hours towards both the Award and their CAS requirements.


Impacts and Benefits

Now, more than ever, we need a framework that prepares young people for life in our ever-evolving world. As a result of participating in the Award program, students will demonstrate gains or greater proficiency in these different areas of life skills.


Outcomes for Students

Impact Measures


The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award provides students with values and experiences that are highly sought after in the workforce. Students gain many skills from the program's service and adventure opportunities, making them attractive as well-rounded individuals.


Club Logistics

Students who participate in the program attend weekly club meetings. Sessions cover a range of activities including navigation, camping, and first aid.


Whether they’re local to Boston or have moved from another country, our students excel in and beyond the classroom, because they know how to tap into what personally drives them. BISB students carve out their own pathways to their bright future — no matter what they choose to be or do in life.

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