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About Us

Meet some of our students! See what they love about the British International School of Chicago and learn more about student life.

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Sohail Sajdeh, Year 3
I really like this school because it’s fun and the teachers are great. All the teachers turn a boring lesson into a really fun one. You will have a great time at this school earning housepoints, going to Lakeshore Athletic Club, and all the cool things we do. Come to BISC, it’s the best school ever!

Kemi Ogunyankin, Year 6
What I like about being a student at the British International School of Chicago is that the teacher explains the lessons and what we are supposed to do with great detail; we are always able to understand what to do (if we're listening of course). I also like that the teachers aren't boring; they still find a way to make learning lively and interesting. Also, in our core subjects such as Math, English and Science your work is assigned based on your understanding so we know we are always learning.

I love the after school activities like Science, Number Ninjas and Protégé; you are able to use your brain further whether it’s memorizing music, to figuring out the formula for the volume or a rectangular prism, to testing out your air powered rocket. It is always so much fun whatever we are doing or learning. We also get our own privileges and special opportunities that include out of state and local school trips, parties, break times with our friends and iPads and Smart Boards to help us in lessons.

Zana Van der Smissen, Year 12
Hi! My name is Zana and I am currently a Year 12 student at the British International School of Chicago. I started here when I was in Year 4 and have loved it ever since. I am originally from Brussels, Belgium but have lived in the US for the past 13 years. Currently, I am studying the IB program where I pursue my interest in languages and science. Amongst all my years here, I have tried to take advantage of every social aspect possible from the school community. Immersing myself into volleyball, I have been part of an amazing team for the entirety of my secondary education. Once the season is over, I am also involved in Science Olympiad, Model United Nations, Musical orchestra and National Honor Society. Being a member of all of these clubs, I am privileged to be able to surround myself with people from all different kinds of cultures and backgrounds. However my favorite part of being in this close knit community is the opportunities I have had which are best presented through the Tanzania Expedition that occurred in February 2014. With this opportunity it confirmed my love for helping children and my wish to become a pediatrician.