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  • Authentically International

    "International" is more than a label here. It is at the very core of everything we do and how we do it.

    Students coming to school in the morning

  • Transferable Curriculum

    A curriculum handpicked for its international focus and global recognition, culminating in the IB Program.

    Students at the British International School of Washington

  • Inspiring Each Other

    Our students will embrace your child with open arms. Our students inspire each other to succeed.

    IPC Curriculum- Walk in the woods

  • Dedicated and Inspiring

    Our teachers are recruited for their ability to nurture lifelong learners and inspire excellence.

    Teacher and student at the British International School Washington

  • Your New Community

    We welcome you to our inclusive community. From day one you and your child will feel at home with us.

    excited students at the British International School of Washington

  • Every Day is Different

    Your child will experience something new every day. Find out what's happening and connect with each other.

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  • Ask Anything

    Speaking directly with us is the best way to get your questions answered quickly. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Academic Quality and Success

BISW students continually achieve strong results in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Our average score of 33 is four points higher than the IB global average, widening the gap between ourselves and other IB schools around the world.

  • BISW British International School of Washington DC 2019 graduates listen to a graduation speaker.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, commonly referred to as the IBDP, is a two-year education programme for students age 16-19. The programme is a widely accepted and recognised qualification for entry into higher education and universities worldwide.  Each individual subject is graded from 7-1 with a maximum score of 45 points.


The International General Certificate of Education, commonly known as the IGCSE is operated by Cambridge University Assessments as is for students aged 14-16.  These qualifications are recognised in a many countries across the world and are a substitute for national qualifications at the same age.  Each individual subject is graded from A*-G.


Outstanding results for 2018-2019 

IB Diploma Key Indicators

  • Our students' average score in the IB Diploma was 33.5, significantly ahead of the 2019 global average of 29.63 points.
  • Our students’ 2019 IB Diploma pass rate was 97% against a normal worldwide average of 77%
  • 15% of our Class of 2019 achieved 40 points and above.  This is the level of attainment is commonly required to gain admission to the world's elite universities, such as Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard, and Stanford.
  • Our highest scoring student in the Class of 2019 received 43 points -- the maximum score is 45 points. This is an incredible achievement!


IGCSE Key Indicators

  • The percentage of IGCSEs graded as A*-A was 51% against 21% worldwide.
  • The percentage of IGCSEs gaining A*-C was 88% against 67% worldwide.


How we ensure academic success:

  • High expectations - students continually rise to them
  • Small class sizes
  • Careful course choices
  • Individual attention to students
  • Rigorous, regular, and accurate feedback
  • Timely early interventions for students