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British School Of Washington

2001 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20007

Phone:
(202) 829-3700

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

The British School operates a skills-based curriculum involving differentiated instruction, and believes each student should be challenged, but not overstretched.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

All British School of Washington teachers are recruited from the United Kingdom or international schools worldwide and are of the highest calibre. They mainly hold UK degrees and as well a government recognised teaching qualifications. All teachers take part in a continuous programme of professional development. The British School of Washington is highly selective in offering teaching positions to only the most experienced, highly qualified and committed of teachers. Teachers are supported by a dedicated team of Learning Assistants and Administrative Staff.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers at the British School use a curriculum involving differentiated instruction, in which different students within the same class will work on different tasks based on their experience and ability level and are given individualized targets.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The British School of Washington is:

-An open, caring and supportive learning community for children and young people from 3-19 years.

-A dynamic school where the combination of outstanding teachers and small classes ensures continuing progress for every student.

-An inspiring school where a challenging curriculum equips each and every learner with the enthusiasm, skills, and knowledge needed on the pathway to success.

-A culturally diverse school in America where the British and international perspectives create an inclusive and unique atmosphere.

-A successful school where graduates have the widest possible range of options for college and university both at home and worldwide.

A Typical Day

School Day Schedule
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Children (Nursery/Pre-Kindergarten)

Morning
8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Parents may take their children to the Early Years playground or into the Nursery Classroom

8:30 a.m. Children are collected from the Early Years playground

8:35 a.m. Registration (children recorded late after 8:35 a.m.)

8:45 - 11:45 a.m. In class (includes a playtime of twenty minutes)

Afternoon
11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Outdoor play/Part-time children pick-up

12:15 - 12:45 p.m. Lunch in classroom

12:45 - 1:45 p.m. In class

1:45 - 2:10 p.m. Playtime

2:15 - 3:20 p.m. In class

3:20 - 3:30 p.m. Children taken to turning circle for collection

3:35 - 6:00 p.m. Adventure Club

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Pupils (Reception to Year 2/Kindergarten to Grade 1)

Morning
8:00 a.m.
Reception pupils go to the Early Years playground

Years 1 & 2 pupils go to the main playground

8:30 a.m. Pupils are collected from the playgrounds by class teachers

8:35 a.m. Registration (pupils recorded late after 8:35 a.m.)
8:45 - 9:50 a.m. In class

9:50 - 10:10 a.m. Playtime

10:15 - 11:20 a.m. In class

11:20 - 11:45 a.m. Playtime

Afternoon
11:50 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Lunch

12:25 - 1:45 p.m. In class

1:45 - 2:10 p.m. Playtime

2:15 - 3:20 p.m. In class

3:20 - 3:30 p.m. Pupils taken to turning circle for collection

3:35 - 6:00 p.m. Adventure Club

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Pupils (Years 3 to 6/Grades 2 to 5)

Morning
8:00 a.m.
Years 3 to 6 pupils go to the main playground

8:30 a.m. Pupils are collected from the playgrounds by class teachers

8:35 a.m. Registration (pupils recorded late after 8:35 a.m.)

8:45 - 10:40 a.m. In class

10:40 - 11:00 a.m. Playtime

11:05 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. In class

Afternoon
12:20 - 12:50 p.m. Lunch

12:50 - 1:15 p.m. Playtime

1:25 - 3:20 p.m. In class

3:20 - 3:30 p.m. Pupils taken to turning circle for collection

3:35 - 6:00 p.m. Adventure Club

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Pupils (Years 7 to 13/Grades 6 to 12)

Morning
8:00 a.m.
Doors open - students are not admitted into the building until 8:00 a.m.

8:15 - 8:30 a.m. Locker/registration (students recorded late after 8:15 a.m.)

8:30-9:20 a.m.
Lesson 1

9:25 - 10:15 a.m.
Lesson 2

10:15 - 10:30 a.m.
Outdoor break

10:30 - 11:25 a.m. Lesson 3 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday)

11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
Lesson 4 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday)

10:30 - 11:00 a.m. Assembly (Wednesday only)

11:05 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Lesson 4 (Wednesday only)

Afternoon
12:20 - 12:50 p.m. Outdoor break

12:50 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch

1:20 - 2:10 p.m. Lesson 5

2:10 - 3:30 p.m. Lesson 6

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

There are three parent/teacher/student learning review conferences each year, and reports are sent out half-termly. Each teacher has an e-mail address, and there is a weekly e-Newsletter (The Focus) sent out to the BSW community.