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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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“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart” - Nelson Mandela

  • students learning languages

In the global community of the modern world, communication is essential and knowledge of a second or even third language is an increasingly integral piece of a successful academic and professional career.

At British School of Washington, our school language program is supported by a committed modern foreign language team. They are experienced second language teachers and learners who have all lived in the countries of the languages they teach.

Formal Language Learning

Students are introduced to French through songs and games in Nursery and Reception.  Students in Years 1 and 2 have a lesson each week with a specialist teacher in French.  Students in Year 2 receive taster lessons in Spanish.

Students in Year 3 and 4 can choose to learn French or Spanish and are taught by a specialist teacher.  Students in Years 5 and 6 can also choose French and Spanish and are taught by a specialist teacher.

We teach and assess students in speaking, reading, writing and listening, with a focus in the early stages on their oral skills.

In the Hallways

From Dutch, Italian, and Spanish to Malay, Arabic, and Mandarin, our students represent over 15 different modern languages.

After School

Where possible, we support other languages through our after school activities program.  We inspire our students to flourish in second language learning and allow them various outlets to express their interest and enthusiasm such as our annual Linguavision song contest or our house languages quiz.

With over 60 nationalities represented at BSW, your child will belong to a diverse community where our melting pot of mother tongue languages is embraced.

English as an Additional Language

For those students whose first language is not English, we have specialized staff offering additional support.