I think the school Principal is doing a wonderful job. He's there every morning to greet the children as they arrive and his communication to parents is funny and thorough. The school is being upgraded and improved all the time and the teachers are motivated and happy.
As with all schools there's a mixed bag at the school. Some are better than others but the good ones are really good. Teachers seem to go above and beyond. There is always a good dose of humour which makes the teachers non-threatening and approachable. My son has some of his all time favourite teachers at the school.
My son was in middle school last year and there was not too much homework. He managed to get it done fairly easily and never complained. This year he is working towards his IGCSEs and they homework has gently ramped up which is good I think. It's quite refreshing the way he's doing it each night without a fuss. I think it's because there isn't too much pressure and the school is nurturing.
Students at BISW are encouraged in sport and life to be determined, persistent and gritty. My son is in the secondary school and they are really ramping up the notion that he might want to do some work and really apply himself. He's really rising to the challenge. It's wonderful to see him blossom and really become determined to succeed. I hold the school responsible for this.
BISW is a small intimate school in which the students are encouraged to be inclusive of everyone. The children have come from all over the world so there is a great diversity of backgrounds religious and ethnic. The children are very inclusive and mature about the way in which they interact with each other. There appears to be no bullying and no racism amongst the students so I can only assume this is because of the attitudes of the staff.
The BISW fosters compassion, caring and empathy through a truly internationally focussed curriculum. Students are taught about life in places far from DC, about global issues and environmental challenges. The school is involved too with a small community in Tanzania where they BISW students visit once a year to help out on the ground. The school is always having fund raising events for charities and celebrating students who give back by fund raising. They encourage children to do community service.
The school has a policy of children challenging themselves to beat their own personal best rather than competing against each other. This means students cannot be unfairly treated. Students are happy and included so there isn't a need to compete. I think all schools foster honesty and integrity so it's no different to anywhere else.
My son started at BISW 7 months ago. He came from one of Australia's top private schools which he really enjoyed so he was bound to make comparisons. Of course the facilities aren't anything like he had back home but this was made up for with the closeness of the community and quality of the teaching staff and students. My son was accepted into the community straight away and felt very at home. The teachers are non-threatening and enthusiastic and the students are mature, worldly and there to learn. Since we arrived there have been major upgrades of the facilities which are improving all the time. Sure things are sometimes less than perfect in the IT area but who cares, the place is run with humour, enthusiasm, a terrific sense of community and a wonderful global outlook which we find brilliant. The school is on the up and up. I can't recommend it enough.
Primary school is good, but the quality of secondary is very low in some subjects. Besides, the school is disorganized at all levels and unresponsive to parents concerns. I would not recommend the school past beyond primary.