British School of Washington
The British School of Washington, located in north-west DC near
Rock Creek Park, opened in September 1998. The school is a private,
IAPS, co-educational, day school currently catering for children
aged 3 to 17. It follows the English National Curriculum for Key
Stages 1, 2, 3 and 4 followed by the IB in the final two years of
school. French is taught to all children from Year 2 and Spanish
and Latin from Year 6. Specialist music tuition is available. The
students are about 30% British, 45% American and 25% other nationalities.
The upper school (years 7 to 11) is housed in a fine colonial style
building, and the junior school (years 2-6) and lower school (nursery
and reception Year 1) are nearby, all having play areas adjacent,
and the Carter-Barron Stadium and playing fields are opposite. Facilities
include two libraries, a dance/music studio, a science block, computer
suites, an auditoria with stages, and art rooms.
Classes at British School of Washington run from mid-September
to mid-July from 08:35 to 15:45 and vacations follow a UK pattern.
There is pre-school care from 08:00 and after-school care until
18:00. Teachers and parents run extra-curricular activities and
there is a camp programme during all vacations.
The classroom teachers at British School of Washington are UK trained
and National Curriculum experienced graduates. Specialist teachers
(e.g. French, music) may be locally recruited, as are classroom
assistants. Core textbooks, library books and work schemes are imported
from the UK. The school tests at the end of Key Stages using the
UK Statutory Assessment Tests. Children from Year 3 are tested regularly
with other UK standardised tests so that parents may make comparisons
of their childs potential and achievement against national
norms. GCSE exams are taken at age 16. Inspections are conducted
using OfSTED qualified Inspectors from the UK. There is a mandatory
The day-to-day operation of the British School of Washington is
managed by the Headmistress, in consultation with the Executive
Board (UK based) and the Consultative Board (drawn from the local,
international and parental communities).
The British School of Washington has an open admissions programme,
with year-round enrolment (subject to availability of places) but
requires reports from previous schools and an interview. Children
with limited English may only be admitted to the Early Years, and
there is minimal special needs provision. Class sizes is a maximum
of 20 children per class, and teacher assistants are employed in
the Early Years programme.