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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

The House System

Our house system builds community throughout the school and within each year group, and it is a bond that the students share across the years.

  • BISW British International School of Washington DC House Teams encourage each other at sports day
  • BISW British International School of Washington DC students in house colors
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  • BISW Private British International School of Washington in DC All age students enjoy winning the House Cup after sports day
  • BISW British International School of Washington DC Principal chatting with students

The British International School of Washington has a traditional house system, with students of all ages working together for the good of their House in a range of fun activities, including sports.
Both the primary and secondary school students choose House Captains and Deputies each year. They take responsibility for assisting in organizing house events and activities.

Our Houses are named and associated with the following colours:

  • Chesapeake (Green)
  • Patuxent (Yellow)
  • Potomac (Red)
  • Shenandoah (Blue)
Benefits of the House System:

Building Community

  • New students can instantly identify as part of a team, helping them feel comfortable in a new school community more quickly.
  • Our students develop strong bonds that reach across age groups.

Leadership Building

  • Older students can take on the role of “older sibling”, building leadership experience and growing confidence.
House Competitions

Each of our four houses takes part in various competitions, including sports matches, contests in the arts, House Sing, and more. These occur regularly, and our students are excited to represent their house team to gain points for individual events, trophies, and the House Cup.