OUR SOCIAL PURPOSE

We believe that all our students have the potential to be leaders – and that starts with confidence. Through giving responsibility and rewarding ingenuity, we help our children to develop a strong moral sense to advocate for what they think is right and feel empowered to make a positive change in the world.

GIVING OUR STUDENTS A VOICE

At BISC, our students can elect peers as their student voice representatives who can come to regular meetings with the school leadership team to share concerns, feedback, and ideas for improvement, which has led to real changes around school. This has taught our students that they have a voice in our school and that the school, in turn, reflects the children’s wants and needs.

MOLDING FUTURE ECO-LEADERS

Each year, a group of students are specially chosen by our STEAM department and oversee green initiatives around school. They also have the opportunity to engage with our local community through service initiatives, showing them how to be a force for good in their neighborhood. 

OUR FOUR HOUSE SYSTEM

We created our house system to build social skills, encourage healthy competition, and help our community. To honor the four streets surrounding our school, we named our houses accordingly: Dayton, Blackhawk, Halsted, and Eastman. Together with other year groups in their house, students and teachers compete in various events throughout term time, including an annual maker faire where they design/build/create and fundraise for charity. The houses also compete in a local stair climb challenge every year which raises money for our local children’s hospital, Lurie’s. 

FOSTERING KINDNESS

Ideas from our students are always welcome, especially when it comes to helping our community. One of our best initiatives came from a Year 2 student who initiated a project in school that resulted in over 200 "blessing bags" that were given to homeless shelters in the Chicago area. His motivation came as a direct result of an in-class learning focused on the importance of helping others.