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British International School of Boston

Private | PK-12 | 414 students

Our school is best known for its international community of 73 heritages.

 
 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $356,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,440.

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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BISB is a great school with a great faculty and a really good curriculum. The school is in a decent campus in Jamaica Plain, but it would benefit if more facilities are added such as larger music rooms or a bigger library. The rigour of the academic programmes at BISB is one of the leading in Boston, and most teachers are generally supportive in ensuring you can get the very best out of the curriculum. Having said that, there are some teachers who need to be a little less strict and also need to stop giving us so much homework! The school truly shines in its extracurricular activities and programmes. Although it is a small school community, it is very dynamic with a plethora of options to choose from, such as Model UN, Soccer, Basketball, Curling, Cheerleading, Duke of Edinburgh Award (D of E) and Science and Maths Olympiad. The school tries to give as many opportunities to pupils to participate in competitions and conferences throughout. The British-style international curriculum at BSB truly thrives because of the school's modern features. The use of technology for educational purposes is very popular in the school, which is engaging and beneficial. All in all, BISB is amazing


Posted November 14, 2014

I am a parent with two children here at the BSB. We have been at this school for along time. I must say yes we lack sports and other extra's however we make it up with what these chidren are taught. The teachers here are the best the proof is when ill children fight to go to school. The two most important people in the world are my children and I trust the BSB with them. I am a working man and tuition is high. In life we must make choices for our childrens future this is why we tighten our belt. I love the school,staff and education and my children also do who as a parent can argue against that. Thankyou to all at BSB and to those who have gone before us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2014

I am a parent with a child who just finished Reception (equivalent of preschool). While I was a skeptic in the beginning, after completing our first year here, I have been massively impressed with the individualized learning that my child has received. Teachers have tailored their material to him, and thus have allowed my child to excel in areas of strength, and improve in areas of weakness. They track my child's progress very closely, along multiple dimensions. Even though they work outside the classroom, the administration and staff truly know my child personally -- it's an intimate school and my child is supported and recognized. The older students are also very warm with the younger children, and I am always surprised when they greet my child by name, which creates a nice sense of community. I've been able to raise concerns to the administration and they have been responsive, with real change and not just lip service. I'm extremely happy with my son's progress and I have high hopes that the school will continue to grow and thrive, especially with the administration's responsiveness to parental input. Fantastic school, involved parents, great teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2013

I have two children at the British School, a boy in Secondary and a girl in High School. We have attended top private schools and top public schools. However, my kids were not challenged until they came to this school. The school was recommended to me from a psychologist specializing in school placement for gifted kids. The teachers are excellent and both the teachers and students are from all over the world. That is important to me in a global economy. It prepares them for real life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2012

I have two children at the British School, one in High School and one in Middle School. The school is academically very strong, able to prepare students for the best schools in the city as well as for the IB program, possibly the most rigorous international high school degree. Teachers here are excellent - of a high caliber, fun and yet firm. Learning is personalized - with differentian built in across the curriculum. The atmosphere is wonderful students here are engaged in their learning and take pride in what they do. The high school sports teams are small, but they are growing and there is a huge variety of sports on offer. Teacher-run clubs run after school every day - a huge variety, making for a difficult choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2012

I didn't realise how much my child did not learn at the British School until she left. The lower school is great, but the secondary program is lacking. Many students leave to attend more established, better programs, for the "high school" years. The community is very small at the upper end, leaving the extra curricular and sports programmes sorely lacking.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 29, 2012

We joined the school at the beginning of the academic year following a visit in the Spring. Our daughters are in the middle and high school. We are very happy with the school in general. I have little exposure to the lower school so I can only comment meaningfully on the older years. We have found the teaching staff in particular to be of high calibre. They are without exception highly motivated and engaged in their commitment to pushing the students to the heights of their abilities. Our daughters settled in very quickly and are very happy school. They really like their teachers and are always keen to get their homework done. They often come home with tales of an interesting lesson, such as today my younger daughter spent a whole lesson as a given character which helped her think in detail about what made her character tick. They are also keen to be involved in extra curricular activities spending four evenings in sporting and other activities such as Model UN and Duke of Edinburgh awards. The school is relatively small but there is a real sense of community with the kids knowing others from years below and above them and showing an appreciation of diversity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2012

The IB diploma programme is widely accepted, by the most prestigious universities, as the single best programme designed to prepare students for life at university and beyond. It's so well rounded, and challenging, and goes beyond the traditional (and often shallow) American education. I couldn't be happier with the education my children are receiving at the British School of Boston!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2012

I have a son that has been at the school for 5 years now and I recently started my daughter in the Nursery class. I am completely satisfied with the school. There is a high level of learning taking place as well as a great love of learning. The teachers are outstanding. Every year I think that the past teacher will be hard to beat, and the following year proves me wrong. There is a true sense of community at this school. I highly recommend it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2011

BSB is outstanding. I am a student at BSB, and I have been here for 4 years. I'm writing on my own behalf and I have seen the school change over the recent years and this is in a upwards direction. I am one of the oldest students in the school and have spent all but one years of my middle school/high school education there. My opinion of the school, is the staff are highly trained in there fields and are very proffessional, in fact there are very flexible and are able to see a parent or help a student out in any time of day. The physical education department is actually quiet good. They do many sports such as basketball, soccer, swimming and many others, with after school clubs and teams. The secondary school is ever increasing throughout the year with students from America, UK and other nations. The education is the best Boston has to offer. It is an outstanding school, and for the price it is a lot cheaper than other schools in the area, who are not as challenging and as good as BSB. BSB does the IB and it is more preferred than the SAT to colleges worldwide. Over all BSB is the best school in Boston and the staff are of high quality and the education is excellent.


Posted May 19, 2011

I can speak about the upper school. There has been a very strong leadership effort this year, resulting in many positive changes. My BSB student is engaged and challenged. He is also happy. Nearly all 8th graders are returning to continue their high-school years at BSB. I think that BSB is poised for greatness. I am happy that we came at the right time, and that it's still a bit of a secret.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2011

Prior parent (3/11/11), we don't all care to grovel to try and get through the rigged system that passes for admissions at the elite schools these days. Some of us appreciate feeling like family at BSB, and are appreciated back. We have faith in the vision of what this school is becoming as we speak. We have commited to the upper school and look forward to the next four exciting years of learning at BSB under new leadership/ Submitted by a parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2011

It's incredible that this school has an aggregate 4 star rating! My children were here for primary and secondary respectively until we transferred them to outstanding schools in Newton and Weston. The Principal was pleasant but rarely present and many of the teaching staff were unprofessional. The small class sizes comprise many children with academic or social challenges who have not managed to get into other schools (especially in secondary) and the place always seemed to be permanent crisis with high staff turnovers. The senior staff are very uninspiring. The physical environment is pleasant but extracurricular activities suffer from low student numbers. The best part of the school appears to be the preschool/kindergarten level with a steady deterioration in standards and teaching in the older years. I have heard that the International Baccalaureate program is failing and the school is now offering scholarships to try and attract students to salvage it. Overall, despite the British cachet, the many better schools in the Boston area- this is NOT a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2011

I believe this is the best primary/middle school in the area, and amongst the best high schools (the negative to our high school is just size, which is growing as generations of BSB kids mature). Each child can find their own level across a wide number of subjects which are taught to a very high standard, in a fun and inspiring way; there is a geniune emphasis on learning. My older boy moved from a Brookline Public school in 4th grade, and for the first time, started to enjoy the academic process (we found the curriculum to be far ahead). He now attends Belmont Hill, for which he was extremely well prepared; he also did extremely well on the entrance exams with little outside prep. My 2nd son has been at BSB since preschool and is now in 3rd grade. The skills, breadth of knowledge and how he has been taught to think are truly providing a foundation for life. Seeing his brother go off to another school, he tells me "I am staying at BSB forever," which would be fine with us!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2011

I have two boys that attend the British School of Boston. I thnk that BSB provides an amazing IB program and great teaching relative to other schools in the area. The teachers are excellent. They are well seasoned teacher, and offer inspiration to the student body. Throughout the time my boys have been at the BSB I can only say that the work is very challenging but fun and very advanced. I would classify this as a school for gifted and talented students. One of the key selling points is the teacher to student ratios which are better than a lot of private schools in the area. Leadership at the school is very strong and there are many new and exciting things happening in this area. I love that the the school is truly international, and it is wonderful for children to be exposed to so many different cultures on a daily basis. The after school program provides many great (and fun) activites for the children from Manderin to model making. What an expansive series of activities. If you are looking for a sports school this is not for you, this is all about the curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2011

I have two children that attend the British School of Boston. I am an academic myself so evaluated the school with as much care as possible, relative to other schools in the area. The teachers are excellent. They are neither fresh out of school nor been teaching far beyond their need to retire. The are incredibley professional, wonderful, warm people, who truly care about the chidren's emotional and congitive development. Every day I watch the children leave the school, and I always note all of the smiles and giggles. Learning is very challenging but fun at BSB. I would clssify it as a school for gifted and talented students. The curriculum takes the whole child into account, and it is really quite amazing how the curriculum can be individualized towards each learner. This speaks to the teacher's capacity as well as the school's care to keep faculty to student to teacher ratios low. Leadership at the school is very strong and there are many new and exciting things happening in this area. Finally, the school is truly international, and it is wonderful for children to be exposed to so many different cultures on a daily basis. After all, this is their future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2011

My advice is ... don't do it....my children have been to both British and American schools and this school is badly run, management is reactive and poor and at times aggressive. The staff , including senior members of staff, do not know what the word confidential means, they give preferential treatment to some parents ( the loud ones who give big Christmas presents) The school is under resourced, the staff are uninspiring. The secondary sector is very small and permanently under threat of closure as it is not profitable! The arts are non-existent. Physical Education consists of line dancing classes and is very poorly delivered. The academics are NOT what you are lead to believe and are far below what is expected in public schools in England. The teaching lacks the rigour that should be intrinsic to the British National Curriculum. You are being sold a lie, look around and spend your money else where!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2010

My child is attending this school with great joy. He wakes up in the morning eager to catch the bus! The quality of education the kids receive is outstanding. The school is international and it seems to me that the majority of the students have at least a foreign background. I read previous comments stating that the teachers are cold. They are not cold, they are British! In Europe people address each other with a level of formality that here may be perceived as coldness, but it is not. Instead I would say that the teachers are enthusiastic and creative, but also strict with their pupils and demanding of a certain level of respect. Maybe that is no longer appreciated here, but it is still the norm in other other parts of the world and this is an international school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2010

Our children have been at BSB for 7 years and I am confident that they have received the best possible education in this area. BSB has helped our children to develop a love of learning and life and an international view of the world. Our children all love going to school and are proud to be members of the BSB community. Moreover is there any other school in Boston where children will say good morning to you in the corridors and hold the door open for you??
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2010

The British School of Boston is celebrating it's 10th year. Our family has been at BSB since 2001. This growing school has just graduated it's first International Baccalaureate students. The secondary school has a wonderful core of students that plan to graduate with the IB as well. The teachers and staff are engaging and are very student focused. BSB is an excellent academic option in the Boston area.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 83% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 6%
Black 7% 8%
Hispanic 3% 16%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
French
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Woodshop
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Yoga club

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Paul Wiseman, OBE
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • CIS
  • NEASC
  • and AISNE
Fax number
  • (617) 522-0385

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Global
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • MIT
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Curling
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Curling
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Debate
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Game club
  • Math club
  • Model UN
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Student council/government
  • Technology club
  • Woodshop
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga club
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Organize cultural events
  • Present special topics during curricular units
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$25000 - $30000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
No.

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
SAT/ACT prep classes
College presentations or information sessions
College prep programs/courses during the year
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416 Pond St
Boston, MA 02130
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Phone: (617) 522-2261

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