ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

Key Facts
Class of 2021
Best-ever results in our school's history for IBDP
World's top 100  universities
Leeds, New York, and Hong Kong are just some of the top universities our students attend each year.
Top marks
40% of our students achieved 40+ in the IBDP

YOUR CHILD'S PERSONALIzED LEARNING EXPERIENCE

Our teachers will ensure your child achieves impressive academic results. We do this by understanding how your child learns best so that we can personalize their entire learning experience.
Early Years
  • Early Years
  • Primary
  • MIDDLE SCHOOL
  • high school

Early Years

With our internationally recognized curriculum for every age group, our tailored approach to learning means we will help you unlock your child’s learning potential every step of the way.

3 to 5 years old
National Curriculum for England
Our children in Nursery (Pre-school) and Reception (Junior Kindergarten) follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). This introduces little ones, aged 3 – 5 years old, to a wide range of skills and knowledge.
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Primary

With our internationally recognized curriculum for every age group, our tailored approach to learning means we'll help you unlock your child’s learning potential every step of the way.

5 to 11 years old
International Primary Curriculum
The International Primary Curriculum welcomes children, aged 5 –11 years old, to a whole world of concepts – literally. It’s exciting, stimulating, and relevant, which is why it’s been taught in schools worldwide for almost 40 years.
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MIDDLE SCHOOL

With our internationally recognized curriculum for every age group, our tailored approach to learning means we'll help you unlock your child’s learning potential every step of the way.

11 to 14 years old
National Curriculum for England
When BISC - South Loop students enter Middle School, they experience dramatic growth both emotionally and cognitively as they enhance prior skills and encounter new challenges. The National Curriculum for England resonates with BISC - South Loop's educational values and cultural heritage, encouraging critical thinking skills combined with more traditional subject-based learning.
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HIGH SCHOOL

With our internationally recognized curriculum for every age group, our tailored approach to learning means we'll help you unlock your child’s learning potential every step of the way.

14 to 16 years old
IGCSE
With college on the horizon, the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)
gives students the opportunity to demonstrate their independence and tailor their own learning according to their interests and aspirations. BISC - South Loop offers curriculum pathways designed to connect disciplines and foster creative thinking and personal growth.
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16 to 18 years old
IBDP
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is the gold standard in education. Well-respected by colleges and universities around the world, the curriculum pushes students to excel academically, socially, and personally so that they thrive no matter what they decide to pursue.
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Want to learn more about our curriculum?

Read our curriculum guides to learn more about how our personalized curriculum can benefit your child.
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  • Early years
  • Primary
  • Middle School
  • High School

Early Years

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development, and care of children up to 5-years old. It ensures your child's readiness for Primary School and provides a broad range of knowledge and skills that form a strong foundation for future progress through school and life.
Ages
3-5
Nationality
40+
Average class size
16
Languages taught
Spanish and French

PRIMARY

Our Primary School curriculum integrates the very best components of the English National Curriculum and International Primary Curriculum. This enables children in Year 1 to Year 6 (Kindergarten to Grade 5) to become ambitious, confident and inspired learners, and to approach learning with a clear focus on the progression of skills.
Age range
5-11
Years
1 to 6
Average class size
16
Languages taught
Spanish and French

Middle School

The Middle School years are a time when students experience physical, emotional, and cognitive growth. At British International School of Chicago, South Loop, Middle School students further develop their interests and learn new skills while also encountering new challenges.
Age Range
11-14
Average class size
14
Languages taught
Spanish, French, German and Mandarin
Years
7 to 9

High School

With college on the horizon, the entrance to High School is an exciting time. High School opens doors to further opportunities for students to demonstrate their growing independence and study subjects that appeal to their interests.
Age range
14-18
Average class size
10
Languages taught
Spanish, French, German and Mandarin
Years
10 to 13
primary
  • Early Years
  • Primary
  • Middle School
  • HIGH SCHOOL

A TYPICAL DAY AT SOUTH LOOP

Each class will be taught by a lead teacher and a learning assistant. Your child will also have subject specialists for French, Spanish, Art, Dance, Music, and PE.
Student during morning hours at Chicago South Loop
8:25am
Circle time to discuss the day ahead.
early Morning
Lunchtime at Chicago South Loop
Morning
Academic and specialist lessons, plus outdoor break and snack time.
Morning
Playtime at Chicago South Loop
12pm
Students sit down lunch for family style meals which are pre-pared in-house and delivered to the classroom. Part-time Nursery students have the option to leave prior to or after lunch.
12pm
Afternoon Activities for Early Years
Afternoon
Students will continue in specialists classes including French, Spanish, Dance, Drama, PE, and Music.
Afternoon
3:30pm
Dismissal or After-School Clubs.
Late afternoon

A TYPICAL DAY AT SOUTH LOOP

In addition to their classroom teacher, students have subject specialists for French, Spanish, Art, Dance, Music, Science, and PE. Students are introduced to exciting and unfamiliar subjects, study citizenship and learn new skills in Masterclass. As they progress through school, learning support eases off, promoting independence and preparing students for Middle School.
Primary School Morning Activities
8:25am
Lessons begin.
early morning
Morning
Students begin their day with core learning skills in English and Phonics followed by break and snack.
Morning
Lunchtime
The morning learning, which includes Math, concludes at midday when the students enjoy a nutritious meal in our cafeteria. Afterwards, they have time to play outside on the turf field with their friends.
Lunchtime
Afternoon
Students will have specialist classes including French, Spanish, Dance, PE and Music.
Afternoon
3:45pm
Children are picked up, or may stay on to participate in a variety of after-school clubs.
Later afternoon

A TYPICAL DAY AT SOUTH LOOP

As students mature, BISC - South Loop begins a more intricate approach to education, ensuring children are intellectually energized and socially sophisticated. The curriculum plunges greater depths of complexity, opening students’ eyes to the wider theoretical applications of their skills and knowledge.
8:25am
Students begin their day in their Advisory groups and then lessons begin.
Early Morning
Morning
Students move independently around the Middle School to different classes, including English, Math, and Science. They spend their 25-minute morning recess outside enjoying the use of our turf field, after which they participate in lessons including Design Engineering and Modern Foreign Language.
Morning
Lunchtime
Students eat a freshly cooked meal with their friends in the cafeteria.
Lunchtime
Afternoon
Students will have specialist classes including Dance, Drama PE and Music.
 
Afternoon
Late Morning Activities for Secondary Students
Late afternoon
Lessons end, but students may participate in fun after-school extracurricular activities and sports, or receive academic or homework support from their teachers.
Late afternoon

A TYPICAL DAY AT SOUTH LOOP

Students commence their higher studies with both eyes on their desired university. With enthusiastic support from their teachers and encouragement to pursue independent study, our high school students invariably leave South Loop with the path ahead well and truly forged.
Student Morning Activities
8:25am
Students begin their day in their Advisory groups and then lessons begin.
8:25am
Morning
Students focus on core learning skills English and Math. After break, High School students will focus on elective courses 
Morning
Lunchtime
Students enjoy a hearty meal in our cafeteria, or may leave campus with their friends if they wish.
Lunchtime
Afternoon
Students will continue learning from specialists in each of their lessons.
Afternoon
3:45pm
Lessons end, but students may stay on to elicit help from their teachers or unwind with some sports or extracurricular activities.
3:45pm

OUR STATS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES

Northbridge produces consistently strong results and our graduates are accepted into the world’s top colleges and universities.
37
average IBDP score for the class of 2021
100%
IBDP pass rate for the Class of 2021
100%
of graduates go to college
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HOW WE TEACH

Our talented international teachers will help your children develop a lifelong love of learning.
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TEACHING EXCELLENCE

LEARNING FROM THE BEST

Outstanding teachers make outstanding schools and that is why our teachers never stop learning. This means that your child will be taught by passionate educators, who are always at the forefront of the latest teaching and learning techniques. 

Being part of Nord Anglia Education also ensures that your child's teachers have access to Nord Anglia University, a world-renowned professional development program.
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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.
Alex
Senior

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