British International School of New York
- Mailing address:
British International School of New York
20 Waterside Plaza
New York 10010
- T +1 212 481 2700
- F +1 212 481 1600
- E firstname.lastname@example.org
- W www.bis-ny.org
- Memberships: <strong>ISA (Independent Schools Association Overseas Affiliates)</strong><strong>European Council of International Schools (ECIS)</strong>
- State/Independent: Independent: privately owned (individual/corporation)
- Lower School Ages: 3-10
- Lower School Sexes: Co-ed
- Lower School Numbers: 108 boys; 111 girls
- Middle School Ages: 11-14
- Middle School Sexes: Co-ed
- Middle School Numbers: 14 boys; 2 girls
- Teaching Language: English (EAL also available)
- SEN: SEN considered case by case
- Boarding: Not available
- Uniform: Yes
- School Year: Three semesters (Sept-mid-June), with US public holidays, two weeks for Christmas, one week off in February, two weeks for Spring break and 11 weeks off for summer.
- School Hours: Mon-Fri, 08.40am - 3.20pm (or 3.30pm Year 4 and up)
- Fee Currency: US dollar
- Fee Details: Application fee: $125 Full day tuition(all years): $35,650 (Annual tuition pre-payment due upon contract signing (Non-refundable): $5,000) One-time security deposit (refundable upon graduation or withdrawal in good standing): $1,000
- Religion: Non-denominational
International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP)
International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP)
National Curriculum for England
Authorised by International Baccalaureate Organization (not to be confused as an inspection or accreditation agency) - International Baccaulareate Organization (by contrast to the US Education turtle of a website, this one goes like a jet and has everything you're looking for right at your fingertips. We know this is a schools guide, but we couldn't help noticing...) The IBO has a very strong system for setting up IB schools and making sure they get off to a good start, but thereafter do not particularly inspect or certify those schools (although they do continue to keep a close eye on schools using their Primary and Middle Years curricula). Instead, they feel the results speak for themselves. Therefore, parents should look at an IB school's exam results and numbers of students qualifying for the IB Diploma: if those numbers are poor or dropping, take a much closer look. If a school is an IB candidate, that's a good sign....but not if it's been a candidate for a decade. Good IB exam and Diploma results do not in themselves tell you about the feel of the school or whether it's right for your child, and no one is looking into every cranny in the same way an American accreditation or Ofsted inspection officer does (not only the academics but also the governance and financial stabilty of a school). But if scores look good, and you like the buzz of the school, there's a good chance you'll find a rigorous programme that will allow a fairly seamless transition from one IB school to another. That is, before the final two year IB Diploma programme. It is very important to note that, in spite of similarities within the curriculum, the two year course is usually regarded by schools as being fairly monolithic. In other words, not made up of identical sequential parts that students can pop in and out of, from school to school, at will. Be aware that the IBO exists to set up curriculum and protocols and they are very good at what they do, but counseling or guiding parents trying to make this transition is not part of their brief.
Council of British International Schools (COBIS) - COBIS is a member of the Independent Schools Council (ISC) and offers British accreditation internationally. As a condition of membership, COBIS schools must undergo a statutory inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI). ISI is the body approved by the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families for the purpose of inspecting independent schools in ISC under Section 162 of the Education Act 2002. Following a successful ISI inspection, COBIS is able to confer formal accreditation on its member schools worldwide. To confirm whether a school is actually accredited by COBIS, or has been inspected by ISI, you may check their member school directories (COBIS international schools) (ISI School Report Search), and may click on the school's link to read the report.
Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) (DfE BSO approved) - Independent Schools Inspectorate - One of six inspection providers that have been approved to inspect under the British Schools Overseas programme. According to the UK Dept of Education website, to be recognised by the Department for Education, "a British school overseas must have an inspection report which shows that their performance against all the standards is at least satisfactory. This reflects the standards required for continuing registration as a school in England. Schools meeting the standards will have their inspection reports published on the Department's website and will be allocated a unique reference number on the national school reference system, Edubase". A map on this link shows the locality of each British school overseas which has been inspected under the Department's inspection scheme. Individual inspection reports are available to download via the school location pins on the map.
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