Our daughter has excelled and is learning at a great pace. I like the structure and the caliber of teacher.
My children are excelling at this school; they do not teach to the lowest common denominator, but differentiate the work in every subject, at every level. Although we have found a lovely house in the suburbs I simply can't find a school that comes even close to BSC in terms of curriculum or teacher involvement. These teachers and the teaching assistants are extremely dedicated to the children, class preparation and creating an engaging, fun learning environment.
We have been at BSC for 4 years. My son started in the nursery program at age 3 1/2. We have been extremely happy. He loves going to school every day which I think is so important at this age. His teachers have been loving but firm and what he has learned has been very impressive. I see steady progress and challenge all the time. It is hard to compare with other schools as we have only had this experience but we don't plan to change. It is expensive but I suspect once you add up the fundraising/extra expectations at other private schools, it is on par. Some parents have left to go into CPS gifted programs and I am not surprised their kids tested well given what they have learned. But frankly, seeing so much turmoil in the news everyday for CPS, seeing they get out at 1:45 every day and often only have a 4 day week, I think we are getting at least a couple added years of instruction over the course of elementary school if you project out that time. The leadership can be a bit tough to deal with if you have an issue but that is often the case at schools. They have a tough job growing a school from nothing and trying to balance many demands. I just see my son is happy.
We could not be happier with the teachers and nurturing environment at this school. Our daughter is in the pre-k or reception level and has done great! The curriculum is well organized and tailored to each child.
Are you kidding me. The family below left 6 years ago. Move on. BSC is one of the finest schools in the city. That fact they would not let you run it was a smart choice.
My daughter has been going to the BSC for three years and we continue to be very impressed. Here's some specific comments: - The curriculum is great - The teachers are great as well. - Classes are 20 students are less with a teacher and aid in every class. - The facilities are new. - There is covered, convenient parking right next to school - The other parents are great - With school uniforms, there is no pressure about outfits. - The tuition may be high, but we have had zero pressure to donate additional money - Great parent involvement - Introduction to second languages very young (French for four years and then Spanish) Overall, I think the BSC is one of Chicago's greatest hidden secrets.
While my educational expectations are largely met by the British School of Chicago, I regret to say that the 'educational experience' of my child has left me rather disappointed. While most of the teachers have been top notch, there have been several whom simply should be teaching elsewhere, if at all. Gender favoritism, Anti-religious diatribes, and an apparent disdain of children by certain teachers make me seriously consider whether the financial sacrifices I make to send my child to the BSC are presenting the best academic value for the dollars spent. In the past, attempts at seeking problem resolution with the headmaster, such as student bullying, or perceived abusive attitudes from faculty towards students, have been met with cavalier indifference to the issues. After discussing with other parents, we found a common proposed solution being: "Perhaps this isn't the school for your child"
I would have to agree that the school is excellent. Our daughter is doing so well and we could not be happier. The school offers plenty of opportunities for parent involvement.
I would definitely give the British School more than 3 stars. The education is world class. Students going the distance receive an International Baccalaureate degree giving them entree into the world's finest universities.
This school is fantastic! We could not expect more from a private school. This school is on par with top NYC private schools, and is much more affordable. Our daughter is thriving, and the staff are willing to work hard with your child when problems arise. Could not be happier! Our daughter is 3.5 and is reading books that first and second graders read. The classes are well structured, but it is still play-based. Why pay $$$ for a glorified day care?
My kid is mid-way through her 4th academic year and loves her teachers and has a great love of learning. I can't dissect how the school achieves the academic and social results it does but I believe it is dependent on teachers chosen for the school and the International Primary Curriculum. Google it to get a sense of how this method encompasses different modes of learning addressed as a child develops intellectually and emotionally. Be advised that this is not a school driven by whims or intense beliefs of a parent body. It is a for-profit school and I am certain they believe profit is only possible by providing the best education money can buy. The emphasis is on education. How you define education and the $ you want to pay for it will determine your rating of BSC. Lifelong love of learning gets top votes and $ from me.
My children have been in this school for the past 3 years and I cannot say enough about how highly I regard not only the teachers but the senior leadership team as well. Lots of parents are very quick to criticize the school but very slow to actually give it credit when credit it due. I have just come back from a meeting with the Headmaster. This meeting, which was open to all parents at the school, was informative, helpful and most importantly, proved that the school does listen to parents. School fees have been frozen for some years for the next academic year, sibling discounts are going to be offered to families with more than one child and for the grades that will have a fee hike, the hike is lower than expected. What is not going to change is the quality of the excellent education the children receive.
Our 4-yr old daughter has had a total transformation since starting a year ago at BSC. She LOVES going to school, and I am continually amazed at how quickly she is learning reading, writing, math and French. The teachers truly are the best of the best. I have seen some negative comments about the school's leadership which, frankly, I don't understand. It is precisely the school's leadership that has developed the curriculum, and continually fosters a world-class environment for children to learn. Yes, it can be a headache to deal with staff on an administrative level, but the focus is on the kids - not the parents. It was a definite selling point for us that squeaky wheel parents are not permitted to influence what happens in the classroom. If you are a squeaky wheel, you won't like this school.
My children attended BSC for five years. In the beginning, they loved it. BSC really shines in early childhood education, and then it's all downhill. The teachers are mixed, although the early childhood ones are fantastic. The new school is a huge disappointment, with its small classrooms, no theatre, no outdoor green space, and mediocre quality 'parking garage' feel to it. The curriculum is all academics and no variety. The headmaster and other administrative staff are indeed unpleasant. I've experienced the threat of a contract cancellation in retaliation for applying to other schools. The high school nver seems to get off the ground. In fact, last year's senior year was cancelled last minute when it was determined that there were not enough students to make it profitable. My children are now in North Shore public schools and love it, with no loss academically.
I love this school. My son just started in reception and we could not be more pleased with our decision. The individual attention is great, the teacher methods are creative and fun, and in just 6 weeks my 4 yr old has started to read. And loves it (so much for the admissions directors at other schools who told me early reading will 'destroy the love of learning'). Other parents are nice and down to earth. I absolutely love the international community, last month my son's class talked about how families in america, china and africa are both different and the same (and the chinese and african families in his class provided some real life examples to augment the learning). Check it out - we are so glad this is the school we chose
This is our daughters first year at the British School of Chicago in a Reception Class. (Pre-K). She loves going to class and we are amazed with how fast she is progressing with learning to read and write. We would recommend this school to everyone. The teachers are pleasant and make learning fun.
Our son has grown tremendously at the school socially and academically in his couple years at British. The teachers, other kids, individual attention, and curriculum are absolutely terrific. My biggest problem now is I don't understand what my son's saying sometimes now because he starts speaking French. It's a good problem to have. We hope both our kids go all the way through high-school at British.
My son entered Year 1 at the British School this fall. He is very happy and so are we. The class sized are small at 20 max. The staff is proactive in assessing learning levels and providing extra help. The teachers are excellent. This school stresses academics and especially reading and writing early on - but they do so in a creative and fun ways. The result are kids who love school and who are well ahead of their peers in other schools in most academic areas. If you want a touchy feely kind of teaching approach then the British School is not for you. But if you want your kids to learn and be individually challenged in every subject - then this is the school for your kids.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinions but one thing that everyone will agree is that this school has excellent teachers and they truly care about the children. I'm amazed by the things my children learn and bring home each and everyday, including my child in nursery. The kids take in so much academically and culturally. It's exciting for me to see them enjoy but also grow.
I have two children at the British School and am surprised to see negative, angry reviews on this site. We are very impressed with the education that our children are receiving and have no doubts that we made the right choice to enroll them here. We have had our children at two other small, private schools in Chicago at the nursery level, and feel that the British School is significantly more organized, thorough, responsive and frankly intelligent in their curriculum and growth strategy. The culture of the school is focused on academics and child success rather than a culture driven by their parents' salaries and attire. We are quite pleased and would recommend BSC to all parents interested in an exceptional education for their children.
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