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British School of Boston

416 Pond Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Phone:
(617) 522-2261

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British School of Boston: International, Individual, Inspirational. The British School of Boston serves students from 2 years 9 months to 18 years of age. BSB is a diverse, international learning community dedicated to developing a broad world view in our students through benchmarked, personalized learning in an academically challenging setting. Beginning with the International Primary Curriculum and the National Curriculum of England in the Lower School, our students move onto the International Middle Years Curriculum in their Middle School years. High School studies follow the Cambridge IGCSE curriculum and culminate with the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

British School of Boston: International, Individual, Inspirational. The British School of Boston serves students from 2 years 9 months to 18 years of age. BSB is a diverse, international learning community dedicated to developing a broad world view in our students through benchmarked, personalized learning in an academically challenging setting. Beginning with the International Primary Curriculum and the National Curriculum of England in the Lower School, our students move onto the International Middle Years Curriculum in their Middle School years. High School studies follow the Cambridge IGCSE curriculum and culminate with the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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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
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
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 We begin teaching French in the Nursery class (2 years 9 months), and add Spanish in second grade. Music, physical education, science, computer skills and art are also all part of the curriculum.

From the Director:

The British School of Boston combines globally-respected curricula with thematic learning, focusing on the individual abilities and needs of each child. International-mindedness is woven into the curricula at all stages of the school. Families from over 60 hertiages, speaking over 25 languages make up our community.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

One of the strengths of all the curricula used is the differentiation and individualiztion of learning they suppoprt. There is no limit placed on each child's ability to be challenged, while at the same time each one is being suppported and nurtured.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The British School of Boston aims to offer the best elements of an international education, embracing the most successful practices from the National Curriculum of England and the International Primary Curriculum. This broad and balanced combination allows us to serve a wide variety of learning styles.
Our aim is to provide a secure, happy, and stimulating learning environment where children are encouraged to develop to their full potential. We also endeavour to help children become caring, independent, and self-motivated individuals, aware of themselves, others and the diverse world in which they live.
We provide an atmosphere where children learn how to work, play and cooperate with others, learning while they build confidence.

A Typical Day

Work and activity in each class is structured over the week based on a timetable that inlcudes activities such as literacy, numeracy PE, library time, music, French and work on the current thematic unit.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

There is an Informational Evening for parents at the beginning of the school year. There are several opportuniites to enable parents to discuss their child's progress with the class teacher. In addition, message books that travel between school and home each day allow for frequest communication between parents and teachers in the 2 - 4 year old classes. We believe that children feel most secure and learn best when all 'significant adults' are working together for their benefit. Partnership between school and home is of paramount importance and is a strong feature of our philosophy.

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

During the admissions stage, we offer class visits for prospective pupils to familarize themselves with the teacher, classroom and other pupils. If the child is anxious then we do not force the child to separate but instead encourage them to 'join in' on the fun and suggest a 2nd class visit, which typically enables the child to be more comfortable - by knowing what to expect during their next visit. This approach is less stressful for a child who is hesitant to separate. Equally, our teachers are well trained in encouraging children to come in to the classroom and reassure the child that their parent will rejoin them soon.