About our school

Our school is dedicated to shaping a generation of successful, creative, and resilient global citizens. Our inclusive community and personalized international curriculum combines the best of both worlds, giving our students, aged 3 through 18, a truly global outlook rooted in Chicago’s rich heritage.

who we are and what we do

At the British International School of Chicago, South Loop, our students enjoy a learning experience like no other. As part of the Nord Anglia Education international family of schools, we combine both a personalized and a truly international approach to education, to ignite our students’ curiosity, fuel their ambitions, and instill a lifelong love for learning.

History and heritage

Our story began in 2001 with just four students and two classrooms in a historic brick building in the Edgewater neighborhood. The British School of Chicago grew quickly and moved to a new building in Lincoln Park seven years later. In 2015, the school became the International School of Chicago. That same year, we opened BISC South Loop, the second school under the British International School umbrella.

Today, we’re proud to offer a personalized, international education to one Chicago’s most diverse school communities. We’re dedicated to nurturing students to become ambitious, empowered, and successful leaders who feel happy and confident to pursue their interests and passions in life, not just in school.
South Loop Student Close-Up

Meet our Community

We have a fantastic BISC South Loop community that supports us to drive the success of our school. Read what they have to say below.

Chloe
Class of 2022 Valedictorian

It’s important to remember that you’re on your own journey, no one else’s, so taking a minute to lend someone a hand won’t put you behind because there is no race to be won. As long as you continue to turn up and turn up your sleeves day after day, you will get to exactly where you need to go.

Antara
Year 6 Head Student

BISC-SL has laid a strong foundation and showed us how to be brave, ambitious and caring. What I hope for the future is for all of us to continue building on this strong foundation and making our school proud.

Grace
Class of 2022 Head Student

It’s important to remember that you’re on your own journey, no one else’s, so taking a minute to lend someone a hand won’t put you behind because there is no race to be won. As long as you continue to turn up and turn up your sleeves day after day, you will get to exactly where you need to go.

2022 Alumni
Alex
BISC Alumni
Over the course of the past 10 years, BISC-SL has had a profound impact on me as a person. I feel as though had it not been for this school, I would have never developed the critical-analytic mindset that is instilled in students here at such a young age.
BISC Chicago South Loop
Victoria Dietrich
BISC Parent

BISC-South Loop fosters students developing clubs based on their interests-arts, academics, social, cultural, etc. etc. Just look at he mural on the side of the building-two students started that!

FIND US in Chicago

Local Time
06:20 PM
Admission hours: School days: 8am–5pm , Non-school days: 9am–4pm
Current weather
74 °F
Mostly sunny
Our address
161 W 9th St, Chicago, IL 60605, United States

WE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU!

Meet with our Director of Admissions to learn what makes us unique. After learning about our program and hearing from you about what you are looking for in your child's next steps, we would be delighted to welcome you on campus to explore our state-of-the-art facilities, interact with current students, and learn about the admissions process.

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