Admissions

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We can’t wait for you to join our South Loop family!

Welcoming you from the start

We’re delighted you’re considering South Loop for your child’s education. In our nurturing learning environment with outstanding teachers and wonderful facilities, you can be sure your child will flourish as part of a thriving network of students, staff, and alumni.

WHO CAN JOIN?

At our state-of-the-art facilities in South Loop, our school community is made up of a diverse, inclusive, multi-national student body. We offer a personalized education to students from age 3 - 18 and we are able to cater to different academic needs, offering more challenge or support, which means that we do not have minimum score requirements for admission.
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THE ADMISSIONS PROCESS

Our friendly team is here to ensure you go through a simple admissions process, whether you’re a local or live abroad.

We're also proud to say that South Loop also offers need-based financial aid
Application is easy
  • Virtual Discovery Meeting with Director of Admissions
  • School Tour
  • Playdate for Nursery - Year 2 (Pre-school - Grade 1) applicants
  • Virtual Meetings for Year 3 (Grade 2) - Year 13 (Grade 12)
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STEP-BY-STEP PROCESS

Considering South Loop for your child? Here’s what you need to do next.
Book a Virtual Discovery Meeting
Our Director of Admissions will be delighted to share the program with you, and learn about your child and the next steps in their education.
 
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Virtual Discovery Meeting
Come and visit the campus
We would like to welcome you to the community, showcasing the state of the art facilities, and introducing you to students and teachers.
Visit the campus
Apply for a place
Our deadline for applications is February 1, after which time admissions becomes rolling.
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Attend a play date (Nursery - Year 2 applicants)
Your child has the chance to meet and get to know their new teachers, and familiarize themselves with their new school environment.
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admission team
Participate in a virtual teacher meeting (Year 3 - Year 13 applicants)
Your child will meet with teachers and have the chance to ask any questions about the program.
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I am delighted that you are interested in learning more about the British International School of Chicago, South Loop and what it has to offer your family.
Anique Seldon
Director of Admissions, Marketing & Communications

KEY ADMISSION DATES: 2021–22

Here are the most important dates for your calendar during the admissions process.
Admissions Applications Due
Tuesday 01 Feb 2022
Financial Aid Applications Due
Tuesday 01 Feb 2022
Early Years Playdate
Saturday 05 Feb 2022 09:30AM - 10:15AM
Year 1 and Year 2 Playdate
Saturday 05 Feb 2022 10:30AM - 11:15AM
2022-23 Admission Notifications Sent
Thursday 10 Mar 2022
Signed Enrollment Contracts Due
Sunday 10 Apr 2022

Tuition Fees

At the British International School of Chicago, South Loop, our tuition fees reflect the premium education we provide.  


Our state-of-the-art facilities, extra-curricular activities, and highly qualified teachers give young students the platform they need to unlock their potential. This page provides parents with full disclosure over the costs of enrolling here, with no hidden payments or extra costs.

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Questions

  • How many students in a class? Student/Teacher ratio?
    Our class size varies between 12 - 22 children depending on the Year group. Our Student to Teacher ratio is 9 to 1. 
  • Can you tell me more about the pastoral care and well-being?
    Our pastoral care scaffolds our academic program from Primary School through High School graduation to ensure that all students also thrive socially and emotionally. In Primary School, Personal Goals embedded within the International Primary Curriculum help children develop qualities we believe they will find essential in the 21st century, developing character and attitudes that act positively to self-development and help students contribute to society. Goals encourage students to be Resilient, Ethical, Respectful, Adaptable, and Collaborators. Learners have the opportunity to self-reflect, celebrate, and set aims to improve their demonstration of these Goals. As students progress through Middle and High School, they continue to receive daily pastoral check-ins with Advisors, and they have opportunities to meet with School Counselors and participate in a peer mentoring program. Through graduation, there remains a focus on embedding values that prepare students to be responsible members of the global community, respecting themselves and others in the world around them. This is highlighted through the IB learner profile embedding values such as being open-minded, principled, caring, risk takers, and reflective. All BISC-SL students also benefit from Personal, Social, Health, & Emotional Education (PSHE) lessons that focus on not only the individual, but also our internal community and the global community.
  • How do students interact with the other NAE schools?
    As a member of Nord Anglia Education, a family of premium education schools around the world, BISC-SL students benefit from enriched curricular through our collaborations with The Juilliard School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and UNICEF. They also use the Global Campus, an online platform which allows students to explore other countries virtually – in school, online, and worldwide. They can learn from invited experts, take part in various challenges and competitions, or collaborate with peers before and after regional festivals, sports events or global expeditions. The platform caters to students of all ages and includes projects for self-directed learning as well as activities which can be undertaken with the support of teachers and parents. All students participate in real-world learning activities, and international trips are offered from High School. An expedition program affords opportunities including service learning in Tanzania and hiking trips to Switzerland.
  • What competitive sports do you offer?
    From Middle School onwards, we offer competitive Boys' and Girls' Volleyball, Soccer, and Basketball.
  • How will the program benefit my child if they want to attend a US college?
    Our college counseling team works with students starting in Freshman year to assist students in their college decision-making process. Whether they choose a US college or an international university, the team creates a personalized journey for each student and regularly meets with them on a one-to-one basis through their Junior and Senior years to ensure that they are prepared for success.
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Interested to learn more?

Join us for a virtual discovery meeting to learn what makes us special, what we can offer your family, and to learn more about our admissions process.

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