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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

Secondary School

Our approach to leaning puts the learner at the heart of the learning process. Our engaging curriculum challenges students to make connections across subjects and deepen their personal understanding of how our themes relate to the wider world.

  • BISW Private British International School of Washington in DC Happy High School students in science lab
  • BISW Private British International School of Washington in DC Secondary students performing community service
  • BISW Private British International School of Washington in DC Happy High School Girls Eating Lunch
  • BISW Private British International School of Washington in DC Creative Secondary student doing experiments in science lab
  • BISW Private British International School of Washington in DC Engaged IB student discusses Model UN

Lower Secondary (Years 7, 8 & 9 / Grades 6, 7 & 8)

Our Lower Secondary curriculum takes the content from the Key Stage 3 English National Curriculum and delivers it using the concept-focused approach of the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC).

The subjects studied include English, mathematics, science, geography, history, visual art, ICT, design technology, P.E., performing arts (dance, drama and music), Spanish and SEAL (social and emotional aspects of learning). While each of these is taught by specialist teachers and most of them are studied as discrete subjects, the IMYC approach provides our students with the opportunity to connect and blend those subjects in a holistic way by linking learning to the Big Idea.

How will my child learn?

Each term, students are provided with a new Big Idea which is introduced through an engaging entry point activity which encourages students to start to assess their understanding of that Idea. Throughout the term, students continue to explore, assess, refine and deepen their understanding through journaling and interaction with the Big Idea in each of their subjects. At the end of the term, students display their understanding of the Big Idea through an exit point project.

How will my child be assessed?

Students are assessed using a Mastery Approach that allows each teacher to skillful plan an appropriately challenging curriculum for each individual student. Gone are the days where students are “taught” content with the hope that some of it is learned; at BISW each learner is set challenging, non-negotiable aspects to learn, based upon their current ability in a subject. In that way, it is possible to extend the learning of ALL students, not just the ablest. At BISW we believe in having a growth mindset; with resilience and hard-work, and with skilled instruction from teachers, there is no limit to what students can achieve.

Further external reading can be found here:

English KS3 National Curriculum