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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.

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Karen Pena

Karen Pena

Year 2 Teacher

Ms Pena teaches Year 2 and enjoys the great learning that is possible with the IPC topics. She loves to create wonderful experiences for the children every day.

I have been a member of the British International School of Washington for many years, and now I feel that the community is part of my family. I graduated from Bath Spa University, UK, in 1996. I continued my university studies and added qualifications in Early Years Education as well as Design and Technology. I moved to Washington, DC, in 2003 to teach here. Although I felt excited, I never anticipated I would be here all these years later. Our school environment is an electric place with many creative and inspiring things happening every day. I love teaching my students but also learning alongside them. My son has recently moved to our secondary school, and I enjoy being part of both the teacher and parent communities.

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    High Impact Teaching

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