Welcome to the British International School!
The British International School of Moscow, first established in April1994 is a non–government educational institution and is licensed by the Moscow Department of Education. Through the medium of the English National Curriculum and the International Baccalaureate Diploma the school delivers a first class education programme to students from the culturally diverse international community of Moscow. Currently students of more than 65 nationalities study in our school.
The school provides students aged 3 to 18 with a British style education through the medium of the English National Curriculum and is delivered by qualified and experienced professionals. One of our school's also offers the state approved Russian education curriculum. Lessons within the international curriculum are taught in English. Students may join the school at any time throughout the year and after initial assessment are placed in appropriate ability groups.
A team of specialist English Teachers offer an appropriately structured programme in English as an Additional Language (EAL) which is tailored to meet the individual needs of our pupils. Children who already have some English language skills also learn Russian and another foreign language, depending upon their age and ability.
Pupils in the secondary sector classes prepare forthe IGCSE examinations(the International General Certificate of Secondary Education),following the Cambridge and Edexcel approved syllabuses. In the final years of school pupils take exams and receive the internationally recognized IB Diploma(International Baccalaureate), which enables them to enter western universities and colleges of higher education.
The British International School is a member of the Council of the International Schools and the European Council of the International Schools. Cambridge Education Ltd, a highly regarded international schools partner which inspects schools all over the world, provides support to our school in those essential areas of academic and professional development and regularly monitors the quality of teaching and learning to ensure compliance with international educational standards.
In the Russian department of the British International School pupils are taught in line with the state approved Russian curriculum supplemented with elements of the English National Curriculum. Intensive English studies and a range of other subjects are taught under the guidance of experienced British specialists. School leavers are conferred with the Russian Certificate of Secondary Education and with fluent English are able to continue their studies in the best Universities around the world on an equal footing with their peers who have been educated abroad.
At the request of parents the school can offer support to secure placements for children in schools in Great Britain, Ireland, America and other English speaking countries, and also advise and assist parents through the process of obtaining entrance for their children to schools, boarding schools, colleges and universities in the UK.
A UNITED NATIONS IN EDUCATION
Our school is staffed by highly qualified teachers from Great Britain and other English speaking countries. A high level of mutual understanding, respect, and an individual approach to each pupil creates a caring and well-disciplined learning environment.
All our schools are extremely well resourced with computer suites, science labs, interactive white boards, libraries, music rooms and fully equipped sports and arts facilities.
The Primary Curriculum is based on the English National Curriculum, which is coordinated across all Primary Schools.Our Secondary Schools prepare students (11-16years) for the IGCSE examinations through the Cambridge and Edexcel Examination Boards and the IB Diploma examination (16-18 years) through the International Baccalaureate Organisation.
We recognize the importance of working very closely with parents as partners in their children's education. A close understanding relationship between the school and the home benefits the child, staff and parents alike. When your child enters BISM you place a great deal of responsibility and trust on our shoulders. We would like to assure you that we take every step possible to maximize your child's attainment.
THE PRIMARY SCHOOL CURRICULUM
Children study in the Primary School from Foundation Stage (Nursery & Reception3-5years old) and Key Stage 1 (Year 1and Year 2 (5-7 years old) and Key Stage 2(Year 3 - Year 6, (7-11 years old). The subject areas developed are English, Mathematics, Science, ICT, Art, Design Technology, History, Geography, Music, Physical Education, Drama and Russian.
We aim to provide each student with a broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated programme. In the Primary School, children (English and non-native speakers) are exposed to English as the medium of instruction beginning in the Nursery and continuing throughout the Primary years.
Foundation Stage (Nursery & Reception)
We are a multicultural school and English is not the mother tongue for many of our pupils. Much emphasis is placed on activities that aid language development. The focus on language in Foundation Stage is on speaking and listening. Vocabulary, day-to-day phrases, and correct sentence structure are acquired and developed through a practical and active approach. Therefore a lively environment is provided using songs, rhymes, stories, drama, expressive and creative activities. The child is presented with materials, which will develop motor coordination, intellectual thinking, questioning and understanding as well as social skills and self-discipline.
Key Stage One
Years 1 & 2 gradually offer a more formal structure, which ensures that children develop in all areas of the curriculum. Lessons aim to develop the balance of skills necessary for reading and writing. History, geography and science are taught within a relevant thematic framework. ICT, Music, Art and Physical Education are taught following National Curriculum requirements. Within these areas of study there is a strong emphasis on cross-curricular links. Pupils study Russian in differentiated groups depending on their level of understanding.
Key Stage Two
More sophisticated concepts are introduced within the National Curriculum subject areas or within a cross-curricular framework. From Years 3 to 6, great emphasis is placed upon the student as a learner through practical activities and investigations. Children are exposed to the skills, concepts and attitudes that prepare them intellectually, physically, socially and morally for life at the Secondary School.
School 1 (the Northern Infant School) offers a broadly balanced early years curriculum for children between the ages of 3 and 7. Our campus is situated adjacent to the expansive parklands of Voikovskaya but still easily accessible from Leningradski Prospect and Schosse. This generous school campus allows us to offer a British style curriculum which incorporates a variety of play activities. The facilities include a well-stocked library, computer suite with touch-screen smartboard as well as an indoor hall with musical instruments for young children. In the school yard there is a large playground.
Our teachers are committed to providing a nurturing, caring and challenging educational experience within a structured learning environment. We work to cultivate the academic, creative, physical, moral and social areas of personal and academic development for the benefit of all our pupils.
The school offers a comprehensive teaching and learning programme that incorporates all subjects according to the English Curriculum Foundation Stage (Nursery/Reception classes) and Key Stage One (Years 1 & 2). Throughout the school year qualified ESL teachers assist the classroom teacher with the delivery of the curriculum to non-native English speakers. Much emphasis is placed on the specialist subject teaching of Science, Music, Art & Design Technologies, ICT, as well as activities in line with tactile and illustrative materials that aid language development. History and Geography subjects are integrated into topic work. The school also offers a Russian language programme for pupils in years 1and 2and is taught by Russian teachers on levels that meet the needs of all pupils.
During the year, we celebrate our diversity in the form of many cultural events, including Harvest Festival, International Day, Diwali, Chinese New Year and Maslenitsa (Russian Spring).
School 2 (the Northern Campus Junior School) caters for children between the ages of 7 and 11. The school occupies a single building on two floors situated in the North of Moscow in an environmentally clean locality, close to the Northern Campus Infant School and the Northern Campus Secondary School. It delivers a holistic educational experience, enabling children to develop academically, socially, emotionally and morally.
The school offers a friendly, supportive and caring atmosphere. It has small class sizes with excellent teacher to pupil ratios, allowing children's individual needs to be catered for and targeted on a personal level. The school follows the English National Curriculum adapting and improving it to meet the needs of a mobile international community.
The school provides a dedicated team of specialist teachers to support children with English language needs. The EAL programme focuses on developing children's confidence and abilities in a relaxed and secure environment. Children initially learn functional language that will help them to settle into their new surroundings. Later they begin to develop their knowledge and understanding of grammar while expanding their vocabulary. In addition, the school provides for the needs of native speakers and the more able. The level of the school’s success is reflected annually in our end of Key stage 2 assessment tests which are consistently above the national average in the United Kingdom.
School 4 (Southern Campus Primary School) is a happy, caring and safe environment where all our children (aged 3 to 11) enjoy success. We are a small, friendly school and all our children, from the youngest in Nursery to the oldest in Year 6, learn the life skills that will enable each one to make a positive contribution to society in later life.
The small class sizes coupled with excellent teaching adult: child ratio ensures that individual pupils receive support through their learning process. The school offers excellent support to those children in the early stages of their acquisition of the English Language. All classes are taught exclusively in English by a team of qualified and experienced native English speaking teachers, supported by locally qualified teachers.
Our staff team works in partnership with parents and the wider community. We have a broad and balanced curriculum based upon the English National Curriculum. Parents are able to call into the school at any time during the day and make use of the dedicated parents’ drop-in room to meet up with other parents or to talk to staff.
The school offers pupils a wide variety of extra- curricular activities throughout the school day, including dance, music, tae-kwon-do, craft and sports.
All our children have the opportunity to develop as a valued member of the school community. We value academic excellence, as shown in our end of year results, and we celebrate effort and achievement with equal enthusiasm.
The British International School at Rosinka (BISM 8) is a large 2 form entry primary school and serves a multi cultural community of over 40 different nationalities. It is located in the north western (Krasnogorsky District) of Moscow in the very impressive Rosinka residential complex which has an excellent range of sporting and health club facilities. Our school programme is presented in a nurturing and supportive environment with favourable class sizes and well resourced classrooms to help promote a life-long enthusiasm for learning in every child.
At the Rosinka School we aim to encourage all students to be a self-confident, well-rounded individuals with a positive attitude to life. Our school motto “Excellence in Education” enthuses pupils to develop an enquiring and independent mind, for them to strive in all aspects of school life and show a tolerance and respect for others. Our broad and balanced curriculum is based upon the English National Curriculum and we also offer Russian language from Year 1 and French from Year 3 as well as a full and varied programme of extra-curricular activities for all of our pupils.
The school is at the heart of the community within the Rosinka complex where a positive and supportive relationship is enjoyed by all. We have a very effective and professional Parent Teacher Association (PTA) who plan and support a variety of exciting and worthwhile events throughout the school year. These events add another dimension to the quality of the learning experience we provide for all of our pupils at the school.
This school, the most recent addition to the BISM family of schools, is located in central south-west Moscow in the Profsoyuznaya district. It was opened in September 2007 and educates children from Reception (4+ years) to Year 6 (11 years). The well qualified and experienced teaching staff deliver a curriculum which is based on the English National Curriculum with modifications to suit our location in Moscow.
The school has a very ‘family’ feel to it. Staff know the children well and older children are encouraged to care for the younger ones. Children learn and mature in a positive atmosphere which has four simple guiding rules. Independence is encouraged from an early age. Children’s self esteem and sense of self worth are promoted through a well developed reward system and frequent opportunities to take responsibility. Children contribute to the management of the school through the elected School Council.
Classes are taught exclusively in English, and children new to English receive extra support in smaller groups. Modern resources is used to aid children’s learning. The school provides teaching in Russian from Year 1 and Spanish ‘taster lessons’ in Years 5 and 6. Children are given frequent opportunities to experience the “Arts”. During Book Week poets and authors work with the children. There are at least four visits to the ballet each year. Musicians play for the children and artists and sculptors work with them during the ‘Art Event’. Dance is featured on our timetable as well as being offered for after school clubs and the ‘Dance Festival’ is becoming a much anticipated event on the calendar.
The building has excellent indoor facilities for sports. The sports hall is spacious and well equipped for both physical education lessons and games against other schools. The concert hall is used for many purposes. Whole school events, lectures, assemblies and concerts all make good use of the stage, projection screen, sound system and tiered seating. The school also has a dedicated ballet and dance room, a music room and an art room. The building and the facilities are shared with School 5, our Russian programme school.
THE SECONDARY SCHOOL CURRICULUM
The Secondary Schools cater for students from ages 11 to 18. Classes are small, usually ranging from 10 to 15 pupils. Some teaching groups in senior classes are in single figures. Students follow a carefully planned programme: the English National Curriculum in Key Stage 3 (Year 7 – Year 9) and IGCSEs in Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and Year 11), the IB Diploma is offered for those aged 16-18 (Key Stage 5). The school is a recognized centre for Cambridge International Examinations, Edexcel Examinations and The International Baccalaureate.
Key Stage Three
Throughout Years 7, 8 and 9 students follow a wide range of courses, which are an integral part of the English National Curriculum. Year 7 students enjoy a smooth and effective transition from primary to secondary school. Our secondary school curriculum is supported by English as an Additional Language (EAL) programmes.
Key Stage Four
Careful guidance is given in Year 9 to enable students to choose a balanced IGCSE programme. All students take a common core of subjects — Mathematics, English, Modern Languages (Russian, French, German & Spanish), Science and Physical Education. Optional Subjects are chosen from History, Geography, Art, ICT, Business Studies, Sociology, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Drama & Music.
Post Sixteen Studies
Academic success in Key Stage 4 then gives students the opportunity to progress into Sixth form to study the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. A balanced Timetable ensures that students have the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects. Success in IB exams enables students to enter universities in all parts of the world. The British International School Moscow is an International Baccalaureate World School.
School 3 (the southern secondary campus) is located near the Novoyasenevskaya metro station in a pleasant leafy suburb of southern Moscow. The school grounds are well kept, with green lawns for relaxation and outdoor activities.
Students of currently 45 nationalities are educated in a vibrant and friendly community which promotes a supportive academic atmosphere. Whilst the majority of the school population is multi-lingual, English is the working language of the school, uniting staff and students. The school has excellent facilities and makes full use of modern technology to supplement teaching and learning. Full use is made of the school’s multi-purpose sports hall, which allows the provision of a wide range of extra-curricular clubs and activities, whilst also facilitating the performing arts, where staff and students together produce excellent musical and dramatic productions.
The school offers the National Curriculum for England (adapted to local needs) until the end of year 11 when students sit their International General Certificates of Secondary Education examinations (IGCSEs). These are examinations administered by the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) organisation, the world's largest provider of internationally recognised middle school qualifications.
Following success at IGCSE level the school offers the IB diploma Programme in Years 12 & 13, which enables students to enter universities worldwide. School 3’s IB Diploma students have achieved genuine success over the past eight years, which has inspired many of them to considerable accomplishment in their higher education careers and beyond.
School 7 (the northern secondary campus in Voikovskaya) provides an excellent education for students aged 11-16 years. Our core teaching programme broadly follows the English National Curriculum and leads to students at aged 16 taking the International General Certificate in Secondary Education examinations set by Cambridge and Edexcel examination issuing authorities.
The majority of our pupils progress to higher level study programmes such as the Advanced IGCSE or the International Baccalaureate which they can study in the Southern School Campus at BIS 3. Some of our students choose to continue their studies at prestigious UK boarding schools.
The first principle of our School is to provide every pupil with the opportunity to fulfil his or her potential. We believe that every student has the right to a first class education. We aim to provide it in a well ordered community of learners, where all individuals, pupils and staff, learn to trust each other, feel safe and have respect for authority.
It is our firm belief that our school offers all our students the opportunity to develop academically, socially and emotionally and thus attain the necessary skills to make them future leaders in a increasingly competitive global environment.
Please do come and see for yourself. You can meet the children and staff when you visit and experience the real spirit and motivation of our school.
British International School Russian Curriculum
The Russian curriculum school of the British International School occupies two buildings on a campus located in a leafy, environmentally clean district in the south-west of Moscow near "Profsoyuznaya" metro station.
Children of different nationalities aged 6-17 years attend the school. There are Nursery and Reception classes for the youngest ones (4-6 years old).
The school is fully accredited by the Government and holds a license from the Moscow Department of Education. The Russian curriculum taught in the school is aligned with the requirements of the teaching plan of the Moscow Department of Education. Traditionally, the emphasis is placed on studying languages. Children learn English, German, French, and Spanish.
The school employs professional teachers with first class qualifications and degrees: tutors from Moscow higher education establishments and also qualified teachers from the United Kingdom provide a first-class education. By smoothly integrating the best of English and Russian educational traditions and teaching techniques, the school is committed to creating a centre of excellence with a supportive atmosphere that promotes children's learning and development.
The English and Russian curriculums are integrated in various ways, on the basis of pupils developing and presenting joint language projects and also preparing for taking entrance exams at Russian higher education institutions as well as attaining the international-style certificates of the Cambridge International Examinations in English.
Special features of the educational environment provided in the Russian curriculum school of the British International School include:
- comprehensive foundation years schooling in line with national programmes;
- early start in learning English based on the Russian curriculum with some elements of the English National Curriculum;
- learning of a second foreign language (German, French, Spanish);
- streaming children learning foreign languages into different groups depending on their skills and ability;
- ICT from Year 1;
- emphasis on studying maths and social sciences in senior school;
- pupils' research and cross-curricular project activity;
- visits to Moscow's best theatres and museums which consolidate and enrich the children's experience of the curriculum outside of the classroom.
It is through the cross-curricular integration of subjects, implementation of new technologies and up-to-date educational programmes that we ensure our pupils receive the best opportunity to acquire a comprehensive and all-round education.
Organization of project activity is one of the main focuses of the work of the school. A highlight of every year is our Project Week. Pupils take part with great enthusiasm, submitting their research work for the judgment of a strict jury.
Our classrooms with modern equipment including interactive boards, computer rooms hooked up to a local network together with access to the Internet and specialized labs provide all facilities for teaching to a highly professional level.
The school has a large multi-purpose sports hall which is used for PE lessons, sports clubs activities and inter-school competitions. On the school site there is a well-equipped summer sports ground, which provides more opportunity for students of various age groups to play sports. Primary school pupils are able to use the swimming pool on site.
The school provides a rich and exiting programme of extra-curricular activities for its pupils. There are sports groups, creative art studios and clubs. In a specially-designed studio students may practice arts and work with ceramics. There are also specially equipped classrooms for movement and dance and music lessons. The school is a regular participator in district and city events and competitions.
In the senior school a programme with a range of core subjects is introduced with the emphasis on the humanities and economics areas. Tutors from the Moscow State University and the Higher School of Economics work with the pupils. Our school leavers receive the Russian General Certificate of Secondary Education and may enter Russia's top higher education establishments and prestigious universities abroad.
In the school we provide individual attention in teaching and learning, qualified medical care and three meals a day for all pupils, creating an optimal atmosphere for learning wherein every child feels relaxed and comfortable and able to learn to the best of his abilities.
Our School offers:
- Highly qualified, experienced native speaking teachers
- Experienced, fully qualified, locally appointed bilingual teachers
- British Style Education (ages 3 to 18)
- Full Russian Curriculum (ages 4 to 17)
- Teacher/pupil ratio approximately 1:7
- Excellent education results
- Internationally recognized exam accreditation (GCSE, IGCSE, IB)
- Exceptional English as a Second Language Programme
- 24 hour premises security, medical supervision, hot meals
- Wide range of extra-curricular activities. Trips and visits
- A safe and comfortable bus service
- Organised visits to the UK and other countries.