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Student Success

Our students aim to reach their highest potential academically, socially and personally.

With great teachers, commitment, and community spirit that emphasizes the rewards from hard work and engagement, our students continue to demonstrate great success in and out of the classroom. To read about their accomplishments, review the highlights below.

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The school community raised over $20,000 for our philanthropic partners. 

Science, technology, engineering and maths:

  • Secondary students were the overall winner at the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional Contest. At the State Contest, students won first place in two categories.
  • MATHCOUNTS Middle School team placed second in the Illinois Chapter Competition.
  • In the Primary School Science Olympiad Team, BISC-SL obtained 3 bronze medals, 6 silver medals, and 3 gold medals. 
  • The Secondary School Science Olympiad Team won 15 medals at the Regional Tournament and narrowly missed a bid to State.
  • Our Year 3 - 5 students participated in the LEGO League Jr. Expo. and received awards for best coding, mechanical design, and team spirit. 

Arts and humanities:

  • Two students won the Global Campus Creative Writing Anthology Challenge.
  • One student was published in the Global Campus Photographer of the Year Book. 
  • Two student winners of the Global Campus Visual Arts compeition. 
  • Three students represented the school at the NAE UNICEF Summit.
  • Debate Club competed in the state quarter-finals, winning four medals and fourth best speaker.
  • A student won Nord Anglia Young Artist of the Year in the age 11-14 category.
  • Middle School students competed in a statewide history fair for the third straight year, winning a Ribbon of Excellence.
  • Students across the school performed at the famed Bean in Millennium Park as part of the holiday concert series.
  • The Primary Dance Team placed 3rd overall and scored Platinum at Rainbow Dance Competition.
  • Six High School students finished their French examinations a year early and achieved the highest marks.


  • Teams in Girls Volleyball, Boys Volleyball, Girls Soccer and Boys Soccer became league champions.
  • Two 2017 graduates went on to play Division I sports – soccer and fencing.

Academic achievement:

  • The Class of 2018 achieved an average ACT score that exceeds CPS, Selective Enrollment Schools, Illinois and the United States.
  • The Class of 2017 earned $1.35 million in college scholarships.

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Chicago, South Loop Exam Results 2018


The IGCSE culminates with comprehensive exams at the end of Year 11 (Grade 10). Honors exams are assessed by boards in England, and students’ attainment may earn IGCSE Certificates for individual subjects. College Prep exams are marked internally. Exams are graded on an eight-point scale from A* (top achievement) to G (lowest achievement).

Mike Henderson, Principal,: “I am especially proud of our students today as we look at the incredible successes achieved in our IGCSE results. Our students have again achieved standout scores. Alongside our students’ hard work and commitment, our teachers and staff have played a vital role in today’s results and deserve our heartfelt thanks and recognition.”

Of the 36 students in Year 11:

  • 31 students sat 5 or more IGCSE examinations
  • 90% of students gained at least 5 IGCSE's at the highest grades (A*- C)
  • Although IGCSE grades can range from A*, A, B, C, D, F, G or U, 54% of the grades BISC students achieved were either A* or A grades

(Our students sit IGCSE exams written by two exam boards, Cambridge and Edexcel. Edexcel report results using a 1-9 scale. We have converted these results to equivalent grades for comparison purposes).


The IB concludes with comprehensive exams, assessed internally and externally, at the end of Year 13 (Grade 12). Successful completion results in the IB Diploma and IB Certificates. Students may earn college credit for their scores. To earn the IB Diploma, students must meet subject requirements and score at least 24 out of 45 points on subject and core exams.

For the 2018/19 academic year, British International School of Chicago, South Loop achieved a pass rate of 96%. The average score was 34.3, an increase from 2017/18's 30.1 and significantly higher than the IBDP global average of 29.62, widening the gap between the school and other IB schools around the world. This result also showcases the difference that Nord Anglia Education schools bring to students’ academic results.

We are delighted to announce that 17% of students from our school achieved 40 points and above. This is the level of attainment required to gain admission to the world's elite universities, such as Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard, Columbia, and Stanford. We are thrilled to announce that one of our students achieved a perfect score of 45, which is done by only 0.4% of students worldwide.

“Year after year, I am so proud of our Nord Anglia students who — through their dedication — achieve results that exceed global averages for the IB Diploma,” said Andy Puttock, Group Education Director, Nord Anglia Education.