Finding the right school for your child is no easy task and, in a city like Boston, where many of the nation's top private schools are located, that task gets even harder. At the British International School of Boston, we hope to make your decision easier.
Finding the right school
While at first it may seem daunting, the wide selection of great private schools in the Boston area offers you the opportunity to find the right fit for your family and your child. This important decision should be made only after considering what is genuinely right for your child's future.
Visiting a variety of different types and sizes of schools will help you get a sense of where your child will be most successful. Explore and question, meet current parents and students. Most importantly, ask lots of questions.
Download our guide to the 10 Questions to Ask on Your Private School Admissions Tour below, and explore our answers to these important questions:
- What curriculum does your school use? This is the framework upon which your child's learning is structured, so it needs to be expansive enough to prepare them for the future. Does the school use a traditional American curriculm?
Learn how we have chosen Globally Respected Curricula, including the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, that are proven to help children excel and are highly regarded by colleges and universities in the US and around the globe.
- How many students are in each class? In a classroom with varying ability levels, many schools find it difficult to have all students attain minimum expectations while still stretching or supporting your child's personal needs. At the British International School of Boston, our classes always have fewer than 20 students, and our teachers work with learning assistants to ensure every child receives personalized support.
Explore the personalized approach to learning we use to individually support and challenge each student.
- How will my child's progress be measured? It is important to know how a school tracks student progress and achievement, as well as know how the school communicates this progress with parents. At our school, teachers have regular conversations with students to measure their learning and help them set new learning goals. Student progress is carefully tracked and is clearly communicated with parents through school reports, Parent-Teacher Conferences and student learning journals. Teachers also help track students' social and emotional progress, encouraging students to reach for personal goals in addition to academic goals.
Discover how goal-setting leads to great success for our students.
- How do you prepare students for the future? The world is changing, and many of the jobs today's children will hold will be very different from those their parents held. At our school we know students need international awareness, communication skills and opportunities to explore the world around them. Mutual respect is the norm in our diverse classrooms, while annual international learning trips in the middle and high school offer incredible educational experiences. Discussion-based learning ensures students gain key social and communication skills needed for success in university and careers.
Discover how we will introduce your child to a world of learning through our curricula, The Global Classroom, trips and extraordinary experiences.
- How you you bring learning into the real world? While the learning that occurs in the classroom is important, hands on activities that bring learning into the real world are just as vital. At the British International School of Boston we know that students learn best when they can apply their knowledge and skills to a real-life situation. As such, we host regular field trips throughout Greater Boston, and invite speakers, professional leaders and parents into the school for learning activities.
Learn more about how Global Campusin our school.
- How do you celebrate student success? It is important that children receive recognition for their achievements in school and extracurricular activities. We hold monthly assemblies for elementary students, recognizing new students each month for their social and academic achievements. An end-of-year award ceremony recognizes our middle and high school students, while regular student features in our newsletter and school blog provide timely praise for students' hard work.
Read more about our students' successes on the school blog.
- What extracurricular activities do you offer? While the academic experience a student receives at school is vital, the extracurricular options available are also important when choosing a private school. At our school, children as young as 3 years old can participate in after-school activities. A wide range of clubs and athletics are offered every term, ensuring every child can explore and find their passion, whether in art and drama, science and technology or sports.
Explore the many extracurricular offerings available to our students and learn more about student life.
- What would a typical day be like in your school? It's important to know whether your child will feel comfortable on a day-to-day basis in their school. Our school day offers the structure and consistency that students need, while also providing plenty of time for play and recreation. Our middle and high school students have time to take elective courses, while homework is scheduled to ensure they can balance after-school activities.
Learn more about a typical day in our school.
- How does your school welcome new families? Your new school is going to be your family's new community. As such, we know it is important to help you and your child feel welcome. We host a New Student Day the week before school begins to let students meet their teachers and explore the school building. During the fall term, we also host a series of monthly events throughout Boston for new parents. In the past, we've toured the Boston Public Library, visited the Museum of Fine Arts and explored Boston Symphony Hall.
- Do you have an admissions deadline? When applying to private schools in Boston it is important to know when applications are due, and to provide all supporting documents required for admissions. Our application deadline is February 1 each year. Decisions are sent out by March 10, and enrollment contracts are due to the school by April 10.
Get more information on the admissions process and be sure you're ready to apply.
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