Beijing BISS International School
Beijing BISS International School was one of the first international schools in Beijing, founded in 1994 and is a sister school to the International School Singapore. It is a proprietary, co-educational English-language day school serving students from preK-12 grades. The small, traditional campus is located in central area of Beijing within easy access to many historical and entertainment sites. The four-story main building has heated and air-conditioned classrooms, a library, multi-media reference rooms, music rooms, science laboratories, drama black-box room, art rooms, networked computer rooms, a design technology studio and faculty and staff offices. A multi-purpose annexe with a seating capacity for 300, is used for assemblies, stage shows and social evenings. There is a clinic on campus with an on-site doctor. Elementary Physical education enjoys an indoor movement hall and outside there are large play and games areas including basketball courts, a track, volleyball courts, tennis court and a garden with picnic-style sitting areas.
BISS is jointly accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the Council of International Schools (CIS), and the Chinese NCCT. BISS is authorized as an IB World School by the International Baccalaureate and offers the PYP, MYP and Diploma Programmes.
All teachers are highly qualified, with a large majority holding Masters degrees. Local university graduates assist our teachers in the classroom assistants. Entry testing helps us understand the students’ language (ESOL) and academic level and our Optimal Learning Centre (OLC) focuses on support and enrichment. Teacher-student ratios are very low, enabling maximum interactive opportunities within the classroom. Chinese Studies is an integral part of the curriculum from K-12; mother-tongue programs support the diverse Third Culture Kids in the maintenance of their first language level despite their relocation from the home culture. A wide variety of extra-curricular activities are offered including sports, arts, music games and community service clubs. An annual Activity Week integrates travel in China with curricular goals.
This year a 1 to 1 laptop program has been implemented to introduce students and teachers to 21st century learning and teaching. The vision is for mobile and ubiquitous computing to empower students to develop critical thinking skills and support continuous inquiry, including fostering the essential role of the student as a communicator, collaborator and creator.
The calendar runs from August to June and the school closes for major vacations and Chinese National Holidays. The school day is from 08:15 until 15:05.
Beijing BISS International School
No. 17, Area 4, An Zhen Xi Li
295 Students PreK-12
International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB Diploma), International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP), International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBMYP)
33 faculty members, including 13 third-country nationals, 11 U.S. citizens, 5 host-country nationals, and 4 U.K. citizens
August – June
Average Class Size:
Elementary: 11, Secondary: 6
Badminton, Basketball, Cross-Country, Football, Martial Arts, Soccer, Swimming, Track and Field, Volleyball
City (or closest city): Beijing, Location Type: Urban, No of Buildings: 4, No of Campuses: 2, No of Classrooms: 30, No of volumes in Library: 25, 000, No of instructional computers: 250
Art Room(s): 2, Auditorium(s): 1, Cafeteria(s): 1, Gymnasium(s): 1, Infirmary(ies): 2, Playing field(s): 1, Science lab(s): 3, Swimming pool(s): Outsourced, Tennis court(s): 1, Air Conditioning: Yes