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The British International School of New York

20 Waterside Plaza
New York, NY 10010

Phone:
(212) 481-2700

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The British International School of New York offers the best of the British Curriculum taught through the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program for children from the age of 3 to 14 years old. At The British International School of New York we offer all our students the best start in their education by providing a caring and inspiring academic atmosphere. In a safe and nurturing environment, students develop a genuine love for learning, quality and academic success.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Welcome to The British International School of New York, a private, independent school for children aged 3 to 14 years old. Situated overlooking the East River at 23rd St in Manhattan our facility benefits from unparalleled water views, spacious classrooms and state of the art technology and resources. At The British International School of New York we offer all our students the best start in their education by providing a caring and inspiring academic atmosphere. In a safe and nurturing environment, students develop a genuine love for learning, quality and academic success.

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
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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  • 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 French is taught twice a week to all students from the age of 3. Other language options including Latin and Spanish are offered. Swimming is taught once a week as part of the physical education curriculum. ICT is taught once a week but embedded within the curriculum across all subjects. All students attend the Library once a week where they work alongside the school Librarian. A comprehensive After-School program is also offered.

From the Director:

The British International School of New York is an IBO World School. Its philosophy reflects that of the Primary and Middle Years Programs of the International Baccalaureate. The IB Primary Years Programme, for students aged 3 to 12, focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. The IB Middle Years Programme, for students aged 11 to 14, provides a framework of academic challenge that encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world, and become critical and reflective thinkers.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

At The British International School of New York differentiation is at the heart of successful and engaging learning. It is embedded within the manner in which our teachers and learning assistants work with our students on a daily basis.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The school's distinctive curriculum combines the high academic standards of literacy and numeracy found in the British curriculum with the globally focused teaching methodology of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IBPYP) and Middle Years Program.

The in-depth, fast-paced, traditional disciplines of the British (English) National Curriculum are taught through the dynamic, inquiry-based, interdisciplinary teaching approach of the IBPYP and MYP. This unique curriculum creates a well-grounded, dynamic learning environment. Pupils taught in this manner become confident, independent learners.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • 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

Separation is Handled through:

  • Small group sessions

Handling Separation: From the Director

For more information please visit www.bis-ny.org