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British School of Chicago

814 W. Eastman Street
Chicago, IL 60642

(773) 506-2097


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

In the Early Years program we focus on providing a nurturing, happy, and stimulating environment where young children acquire the essential skills for life-long learning. Speaking articulately and confidently, reading, writing, and working with numbers run alongside the playful development of imagination, confidence, and social and emotional skills, all set in an international context. Children learn through a series of carefully structured and layered experiences that are teacher-directed as well as child-initiated. They learn collaboratively with other children and their teachers through imaginative play, in a carefully planned and dynamic learning environment.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught French from age 3

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Personalized Learning - Our teachers tailor their instruction and adjust the curriculum to the children's needs rather than expecting the children to modify themselves for the curriculum.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The British School of Chicago's mission is concise - to inspire world class learning in all areas, from the academic program to the rich and diversified extra-curricular opportunities.

The school's unique, international style has become popular amongst a wide variety of American, British, and international families in the Chicago metro area. Opened in 2001, enrollment has reached over 600 students with over thirty nationalities of students represented. The diversity of the student body is not merely respected but cherished, celebrated, and embraced.

The British School of Chicago provides a broadly based and tailored British/International style education for students from Preschool to 12th Grade. Delivered by trained, energetic, and inspiring teachers recruited from the UK, the school's curriculum represents the very best of current practice in the UK with an international perspective appropriate to its American home.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The British School of Chicago prides itself on creating a close liaison between home and school. There are open lines of communication between the school office, teachers, and parents. Parents and guardians are given access to a secure parents' section of the school website which provides access to school news, forms, class contacts, and student report cards. Parents are asked to continue to stay updated through the website as well as through email communications from the school's staff. There are also opportunities throughout the year for Parent/Teacher Conferences.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on