Good command of English is essential; we would request that prospective students sit an English language assessment prior to enrolment since the ability to speak, write, read and listen effectively in English is so important in making a success of the IB Diploma. A Maths assessment will also be sat to decide on the appropriate level of Maths to be taken.
In addition to this, we require copies of the last two school reports, plus evidence of any public examinations which have been taken. We may ask prospective students to sit other placement
tests in some subjects so that we will be in a better position to be able to advise them about which choices would be the most advisable. Prospective students would have an interview with the Head of Secondary and/or the IB Co-ordinator to work out the most suitable choice of subjects and levels to be taken on the IBDP.
We have welcomed many students to the school at this stage of their education both from abroad and from Slovakia. Our existing students are very empathetic and make every effort to make new students feel part of the school very quickly.
Here are some statements from former students who were new to BISB when they joined the IBDP:
"I have been positively surprised by how welcoming the school was. All my classmates were very friendly as well as my teachers. I believe that all of us were trying our best and working hard because we are very well influenced by the BISB community and teachers, who made our lessons enjoyable. Whenever I felt down, or had a problem with something, someone was always there to help."
" I was very pleased to be a part of the BISB community. The attitude of teachers and the students differed from other national schools here in Slovakia. The most important aspect that defined a school's quality was the way the teachers taught. In BISB, the teachers taught with passion and devotion and were extremely helpful and friendly. Also, all the students were veryambitious, that motivated me to work even harder. I enjoyed going to school which had a verypositive effect on my academic progress."
Potential students should bear in mind that the IBDP is challenging academically and will require commitment and determination to succeed. Throughout the two-year programme we shall, of course, offer our full support and guidance to students, but it is they who need to develop the skills and qualities needed to succeed – the very characteristics needed to be accepted by universities and to make a success of undergraduate life. The IBDP is not something done to students, but with them.