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.
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Meet our Community

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

Smiling Admissions team member
Diego Acosta
Colegio Menor Quito, Ecuador
Diego is a Grammy-winning music producer and alumnus of Colegio Menor Quito, Ecuador. It was through the school’s liberal arts programme and their support of his creativity that he discovered his real passion for music, which he has used to forge a world-class career.
Students discussing their work
Tiger Guo
Léman International School Chengdu

Tiger was the valedictorian at Léman International School, Chengdu in 2018. During his time at the school he set up a successful business and earned a place at one of the best universities in the world. He continues to excel, securing prestigious internships and scholarships as part of his university experience.

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Ivonne Garza
San Roberto International School Monterrey, Mexico
Ivonne is a human rights lawyer and alumna of San Roberto International School Monterrey, Mexico. She credits her time at San Roberto with inspiring her open-mindedness and encouraging her desire to make this world a better place for everyone.
Smiling team member
Lily Nazarian
Nord Anglia International School, Pudong
Lily is studying Psychology as a major and double minoring in Law, Justice and Social Change, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan Ann-Arbor, one of the top 25 universities in the world. She embraced every opportunity to discover the world during her time at NAIS Pudong, developing a truly global perspective.
William Ayre
William Ayre
Country Day School, Costa Rica
William graduated from Country Day School in 2006 and went on to pursue his love of food. He studied at the best culinary school in Canada before going on to establish a successful chain of Poke restaurants with a fellow alumnus of the school.

FIND US in Chicago

Local Time
12:51 PM
Admission hours: School days: 8am–5pm , Non-school days: 9am–4pm
Current weather
85 °F
Our address
161 W 9th St, Chicago, IL 60605, United States


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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