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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.

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  • 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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Ian Piper

school principal

School Principal

Ian joined BISW as the Head of School in August 2016.  Before moving to Washington, Ian was the Director of Danube International School Vienna since August 2009. Prior to that, he was the Head of Secondary at the International School of Paris for eight years. 

I have taught a range of subjects including Economics, Mathematics, Business Management, ICT and PE in both British and International schools. I have worked at schools in Austria, France, Switzerland, Turkey, Zambia and the UK. 

I have studied at several different British universities for my undergraduate and post-graduate education including: BSc (Hons) from Essex; PGCE from Exeter; MSc from Southampton; and most recently, a MEd from Bath.

I am passionate about educating young people and I believe in engaging learners to think both critically and creatively, as well as developing the whole person.  I believe that success is most consistently achieved through developing effective teams and enhancing the individual qualities and talents of each team member.

I am British, originally from the rural southwest of England and I maintain a strong connection to this area.  My French wife and two children have joined me in Washington.  Outside of work, I enjoy sports, most recently completing the Vienna half-marathon, and I like to explore my creative side by painting abstract art.  I am also known to have a British sense of humour…

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    High Impact Teaching

    Learn about the impact teachers at BISW have on their students, the school and the community