ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

Key Facts
2021 IB Diploma Results
Our average IB score of 34.9 was 1.88 points higher than the global average
2021 IGCSE Marks
96% of our students achieved A*–C, alongside 26 Distinction awards, 6 Merit awards, and multiple top-in-country Honours
Global University Pathways
Our students receive offers from top universities in the UK, the US, Europe, Canada, and other international locations

tailored support 

Our teachers will place your child at the center of their own learning, allowing us to tailor to their specific abilities and interests. 

We consider our students’ different learning styles to develop lessons that are integrated across different subjects, based on age-appropriate topics that boost their curiosity. 

And while our students’ learning experiences are filled with personal challenge and growth, they lead to fantastic outcomes.

 

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Early Years
  • Early Years
  • Primary
  • LOWER Secondary 
  • IGCSE PROGRAMME 
  • IB PROGRAMME 

Early Years

We’ll unlock your child’s potential through our internationally recognized curricula, personalized approach to learning, and integration of subjects. We’ll also guide your child in connecting their questions or interests to the world outside of school.

2 to 5 years old
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
We offer a holistic approach to children's learning through purposeful play, tailoring practical activities and skills to literature and math. We make learning fun through engaging hands-on experiences.
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PRIMARY SCHOOL (ELEMENTARY)

We build our students’ confidence as they develop new skills.

By exploring modern topics and themes across the subjects, your child will work towards their questions, interests, and goals in various areas of the International Primary Curriculum (IPC).

5 to 11 years old
National Curriculum for England (NCE) and the International Primary Curriculum (IPC)
Our Primary curriculum combines the best aspects of the NCE and the IPC. We place each child at the center of their own learning experience, and we develop lessons and activities that offer opportunities for personal challenge, growth, and success.
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LOWER SECONDARY (MIDDLE SCHOOL)

Following the International Middle Years Curriculum and the English National Curriculum, we nurture our lower secondary students’ curiosity so that they love learning. While we have specialist teachers for each subject, we’ll also encourage your child to connect their ideas across the subjects, linking each lesson by “big ideas.”
11 to 14 years old
The International Middle Years Curriculum and English National Curriculum
At BISW, our students are introduced to a vast array of new and fascinating ideas designed to develop their critical thinking skills, curiosity, and love of learning. Our lower secondary curriculum is designed to meet the
challenges of a rapidly changing world, promoting both academic and personal development.
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IGCSE programme (upper secondary)

In Years 10 and 11 of High School (Upper Secondary), our students complete the two-year Cambridge IGCSE program, which involves a world-class curriculum that ends in the globally recognized exam and qualification, as developed by Cambridge University Press & Assessment.

Our students go on to achieve impressive IGCSE results, as over half achieve A*–A grades – which is double the global average. And after the IGCSE qualification, they’ll have the ideal preparation for continuing to the impressive International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).

The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)
Our international program is similar to the UK's General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE), although it has more of a global theme.
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THE IB DIPLOMA PROGRAMME (UPPER SECONDARY)

From Year 12 onward of High School (Upper Secondary), students at BISW all follow the The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme to prepare for university. The IB is a challenging two-year course of study that prepares students for success in a global society. This program of study leads to the highly regarded qualification that is widely recognized by the world’s leading universities.
16 to 18 years old
The IB Diploma Programme
The IBDP prepares our students to solve challenges of the future through interdisciplinary study.

They’ll choose three subjects to study at Higher Level (HL) and three to study at Standard Level (SL): Studies in Language and Literature, Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies, Sciences, Mathematics, and the Arts.

They’ll also have extended essays, service projects, and opportunities to explore specialized knowledge — while taking time to reflect on the nature of knowledge itself! 
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Want to learn more about our curriculum?

Read our curriculum guides to learn more about how our personalized approach to learning can benefit your child.
Curricula Guide
  • Early Years
  • Primary
  • Lower Secondary
  • Upper Secondary

EARLY YEARS

Ages
2–5
Nationalities
70+
Student-Teacher Ratio
4:1
for Pre-Nursery, 8:1 for Nursery, and 10:1 for Reception
Languages Taught
2
English and Spanish 

PRIMARY

Ages
5–11
Nationalities
70+  
Average Class Size
20
Languages Taught
2
English and Spanish

LOWER SECONDARY (MIDDLE SCHOOL)

Ages
12–14
Nationalities
70+  
Average Class Size
20
Languages Taught
3
English, Spanish, and French 

UPPER SECONDARY (HIGH SCHOOL)

Ages
14–18
Nationalities
70+
Average Class Size
20
Languages Taught
3
English, Spanish, and French
primary
  • Early years
  • Primary School
  • Lower Secondary School
  • Upper Secondary School

A TYPICAL DAY AT BISW

READY FOR THE DAY
Every morning, we gather to greet our classmates, sing our welcome song, and prepare for our exciting day.
READY FOR THE DAY
EXCITING LESSONS

With a mix of student-led and teacher-led learning, Early Years classes give students a chance to engage with new topics in a fun, stimulating way.

exciting lessons
LUNCHTIME
We enjoy delicious, healthy food after a morning of engaging activities. Our snacks and meals are always nutritious and tasty, and this time of day helps us build good table manners and learn to tidy up after ourselves.
lunchtime
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Being active, playing games, and learning outside are important for children. At BISW, Pre-Nursery and Nursery are steps away from outdoor fun in playgrounds attached to their classrooms, and Reception takes a weekly Walk in the Woods at Dumbarton Oaks Park to explore nature and make discoveries.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
EARLY LITERACY
We use books that spark the imagination and encourage us to engage with stories through actions, pictures, and songs. We also provide Phonics lessons through Read Write, Inc. to give students to a flying start in learning to read and write.
EARLY LITERACY

A TYPICAL DAY AT BISW

READY FOR LEARNING
Settling in at registration, we prepare for a full day of learning and get ready for the exciting lessons ahead.
Ready for learning
ENGLISH AND MATHS

Our British heritage is evident in our instruction of English and Mathematics lessons that correspond with the English National Curriculum.

english and maths
LUNCHTIME
In partnership with FLIK Independent School Dining, we offer delicious, healthy, and locally sourced meals for students through our meal service program.
lunchtime
EXPLORING IPC TOPICS

Using the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), we explore fascinating topics each half term and follow a thematic approach to learning that lets curiosity guide us through learning pathways. Together, we unlock inventive ways to explore IPC ideas across multiple subjects, such as Art, History, and Science.

exploring ipc topics
SPECIALIST LESSONS
Each week, students take specialist classes, such as Physical Education, Performing Arts and Spanish, with instructors who provide lessons that help students gain confidence and skills.
SPECIALIST LESSONS
AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
We offer a variety of after-school activities and clubs that help students explore their interests. Participating in these helps students develop their skills and empowers them to try new things.
AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

A TYPICAL DAY AT BISW

FORM GROUPS

We take time to get ready for the day and focus on well-being in our form groups at morning registration. This is a great time to discuss important information like our schedules or details of an upcoming activity or presentation.

FORM GROUPS
EXPLORING BIG IDEAS

The programme in Lower Secondary (Years 7 to 9) lets us explore big ideas through the lens of multiple subjects. We work on areas that makes us curious and connect reference points from various subjects to specific themes or topics.

EXPLORING BIG IDEAS
LUNCHTIME
In partnership with FLIK Independent School Dining, we offer delicious, healthy, and locally sourced meals for students through our meal service.
LUNCHTIME
A BREADTH OF OPPORTUNITIES
Lower secondary offers a wide range of ways for students to learn. For example, we artistically express ourselves while uncovering and showcasing our talents in Music, Dance and Drama, and we discover the world around us during lab times in science courses like Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.
A BREADTH OF OPPORTUNITIES
BEYOND EXTRACURRICULARS

With sports teams in addition to academic and hobby clubs, the range of extracurricular activities at BISW includes something fun for everyone and ensures students can explore their interests. Students have access to field trips to important sites in the DC area. Furthermore, we provide residential trips to overnight camps.

BEYOND EXTRACURRICULARS

A TYPICAL DAY AT BISW

FORM GROUPS
We take time to get ready for the day and focus on well-being in our form groups for morning registration. This is a great time to discuss important information like our schedules or details of an upcoming activity or presentation.
FORM GROUPS
PURSUING GOALS WITH IGCSE

Students in Years 10 and 11 learn across ten subjects in the two-year IGCSE programme, which is customized to their personal goals and interests. Compulsory subjects include English, mathematics, languages, and sciences. Electives in history, geography, fine arts, performing arts, and more are available.

PURSUING GOALS WITH IGCSE
STANDING OUT WITH THE IB

Students in Years 12 and 13 work through the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), a widely acclaimed programme accepted and recognized for entry into higher education and universities worldwide.

STANDING OUT WITH THE IB
BUILDING LEADERSHIP SKILLS
BISW upper secondary students show leadership skills by serving the community. From helping charitable organizations in the DC area to assisting communities abroad on service trips, there is an abundance of opportunities to help those around us.
BUILDING LEADERSHIP SKILLS
BEYOND EXTRACURRICULARS
Students showcase their leadership and teamwork skills through opportunities like Student Council and Model UN. We offer a range of sports teams in addition to academic and hobby clubs, and students also take field trips to important sites in the DC area. Furthermore, we provide residential trips, such as overnight camps and service trips.
BEYOND EXTRACURRICULARS

MEET OUR ALUMNI

Our students leave BISW with the confidence, results, resilience, and ambition to succeed in whatever they want to do or be in life. What's more, they'll always be part of the Nord Anglia family.

Ernesto
University of Chicago
“Having friends from different countries provided me with unique memories. They’ve instilled in me an appreciation of experiencing different cultures and a drive for travelling the world — which has led me to pursue a career in foreign affairs."
Isabella
University of Nottingham, England
“At BISW, I participated in Student Council, Global Goals, and Model UN/World Scholar’s Cup. My experiences helped me to find my current leadership position as a course representative in the Science Faculty at the University of Nottingham. We hold a similar version of a Town Hall, like a Student Council, to report back to the Department and Schools on actions and resources.” 
Dhanesh
Schweizerische Hotelfachschule Luzern
At the Swiss hotel management academy Schweizerische Hotelfachschule Luzern, Dhanesh experienced a smooth transition from secondary school to university. He believes that BISW particularly “taught leadership, communication, and teamwork and helped me find the fun in serious situations.”  

STATS WE SHARE WITH PRIDE

BISW produces fantastic results.
94%
IBDP pass rate for the Class of 2021
IB score range
40–45
16% achieved the highest range
Average IB score
34.9
1.88 above the global average
A motivating work environment and invested teachers foster a learning space where curious students can thrive. BISW's diverse community allows me to engage with different cultures and provides me with new perspectives that enrich my life.
 
Andre
BISW Secondary School Student
INSPIRING YOUR CHILD

HOW WE TEACH 

Our internationally experienced teachers can easily connect with your child within our small class sizes, and they’ll always put the interests of your student first.

Our teachers define individualized goals under the English National Curriculum, and they passionately care about the progress your child will make – as they’re always determining the best way forward to ensure your child’s success.

As a result, 92% of our parents enthusiastically believe that we’ve supported their child’s talents.

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TEACHING EXCELLENCE

LEARNING FROM THE BEST

BISW’s outstanding teachers create the very best educational experiences in the world. That’s because over 90% of our teachers are experienced in British heritage education – which means your child is in the best hands with our expert teachers.

They’re also equipped with unique training materials from our award-winning professional development platform, Nord Anglia University, as well as word-class resources from our collaborators, MIT and Juilliard.

We always support our teachers through a regular performance review process, so that we’ll take the time to evaluate and reflect, thoughtfully ensuring that our educational techniques and tools are best-in-class.

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OUTSTANDING LEARNING EXPERIENCES

As well as exceptional teachers, your child’s education will benefit from life-changing experiences beyond the classroom that allow them to explore, discover and think critically.

Outstanding Experiences