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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.

    Build a plane launch

  • Ask Anything

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

    A girl raises hand  for questions

Primary School

The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) underpins all primary school learning at the British International School of Washington through modern and child-friendly topics. Students develop the skills to become confident and inspired learners, as they work towards goals in academic learning, personal learning and global learning.

  • BISW Private British International School of Washington in DC primary students exploring exciting science experiments
  • BISW Private British International School of Washington in DC Elementary student getting one on one attention from teacher
  • BISW Private British International School of Washington in DC Smart primary students reading together in library
  • BISW Private British International School of Washington in DC primary students active learning in bright classroom
  • BISW Private British International School of Washington in DC Pre-k preschool child exploring in sensory learning activities
  • BISW Private British International School of Washington in DC Elementary Boy student reading in library
  • BISW Private British International School of Washington in DC elementary student singing during music lessons

Our approach to learning will ensure that your child will work at a challenging pace towards individualized goals. With a variety of activities taking place in the classroom for each lesson, children work individually, in pairs, in groups and as a whole class, accessing and demonstrating learning in the way that offers each individual the most success. 

In addition to academics, our curriculum is designed to nurture essential values and attitudes like resilience, morality, communication, thoughtfulness, cooperation, respect and adaptability.

Early Years (Ages 2 to 5)

Focused on the development needs of young children, our Early Years curriculum:

  • Focuses on the development of the whole child
  • Is based on principles of learning through purposeful play
  • Tailors fun and practical activities to develop literacy and math concepts

7 areas of concentration:

  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development
  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design

Teaching is often done through play, where the child learns about subjects and other people through games. Learning is supported by thematic topics including Food, Transport, Patterns, Bears and Family and Friends. These modern and child-friendly topics engage student interest and capture the imagination.

To support learning through play, Early Years classrooms are set up into different areas, for example, role-play, construction, cooking, investigation, reading, writing, computers, sand and water.  Activities are both child-initiated and adult-led and take place indoors and outdoors, to offer a range of experiences from which children can learn first-hand.

Progress is tracked and documented in their Personal Learning Portfolio, which highlights key experiences and learning moments from both home and school, highlighted with photographs, writing, and student pictures.

Years 1 and 2 (Ages 5-7)

Your child will build on the skills acquired in the Nursery and Reception through new themes and challenges. Themes in Years 1 and 2 include Holidays, Celebrations, Senses, Clothes, Time Detectives and Structures.

Additional changes include more structured Literacy and Maths lessons and the introduction of specialist teachers for ICT, performing arts, P.E. and Spanish.

Years 3-6 (Ages 7-11)

In Years 3-6, themes include Inventions and Machinery; Earthquakes and Volcanoes; Making the News; and How Artists View the World.

Learning is further structured and subject-specific.  Subjects include:

  • Literacy (reading, writing, speaking and listening)
  • Mathematics
  • Information, Communication and Technology
  • PE (dance, games, gymnastics, swimming, athletics, and outdoor and adventurous activities)
  • Spanish
  • Performing Arts (Music, Drama and Dance)
  • Art