The British International School of Houston is the city’s premier independent school committed to creating the highest quality learning environment in the world. We ensure that our students are equipped with the skills they will need to be successful in the future workplace. Serving children from Pre-K to 12th Grade, learning and achievement in our school is supported by collaborations with The Juilliard School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and FIRST® LEGO® League. These collaborations have allowed us to fully embed STEAM programming throughout all year groups.
Our campus spans 34-acres and features purpose driven technology developed in conjunction with Apple, customizable maker spaces, state-of-the-art science labs, three athletic fields, an aquatic centre, two NCAA regulation size gymnasiums, and a 550-seat performing arts theater designed in collaboration with Juilliard. Every aspect of our school is centered around learners and learning. From the innovative design of our new 275,000-square-foot building to our extensively trained teachers, we are committed to offering a world-class, personalized learning approach that enables each student to excel.
Graduates achieve outstanding academic success through the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme and gain acceptance to the finest universities and colleges in the US, UK and around the world. Our students have access to incredible educational opportunities because we are part of Nord Anglia Education (NAE), the world’s premium schools organization. With 43 international schools around the world, including China, Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and North America, NAE educates more than 37,000 students globally.
Conveniently located off IH10 at N. Westgreen Boulevard and just minutes from the Grand Parkway, the British International School of Houston is accessible to families residing in all cities across the Greater Houston Area, including Katy, Houston, The Woodlands and Sugarland.
March 9, 2017 – The British International School of Houston (BISH) varsity boys’ soccer team played an impressive game yesterday and won the 2017 TAPPS Texas Division III State Soccer Championship title against Dallas Covenant with a final score of 5-2. The team notably played 21 matches over four months before winning this coveted title. Over the last six years they have been district champions four times and state champions twice.
TAPPS, Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS), has a membership of 230 schools throughout Texas who regularly compete with one another in athletic events. TAPPS commits to building leadership, fellowship, fair play and sportsmanship of students enrolled in the organization’s member schools in the areas of academics, athletics and fine arts by providing wholesome competition for young men and women.
Andrew Derry, Principal of BISH commented, “I am extremely proud of our team and our students’ success, which was achieved through determination and resilience, epitomizing our core values of unity, respect and pride. At BISH we believe all children are ambitious by nature and can achieve their greatest aspirations with support and access to an exemplary global education.”
BISH provides a nurturing environment with a world-class learning approach that is grounded in each student’s unique experiences, capabilities and interests. This combined with a brand-new campus, purposely designed to support student achievement, allows the school to extend learning beyond the classroom through a wide variety of academic and athletic activities.
HOUSTON, JULY 6, 2016 – The British International School of Houston today announced that it will be part of a new collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The British International School of Houston will implement a unique science, technology, engineering, visual arts and mathematics (STEAM) programme based on the multi-disciplinary approach pioneered by MIT.
Launching in September 2016, the program includes the development of a series of in-school challenges for students which focus on the juncture between the five STEAM disciplines. This recognises that many of today’s innovations arise from the intersection of these different subjects; from art and engineering to technology and science.
In addition to the in-school activities, students from the British International School of Houston will travel to Massachusetts to participate in an exclusive program each spring along with students from other Nord Anglia Education schools. They will learn directly from lecturers and students at one of the world’s leading STEAM institutions. The British International School of Houston STEAM discipline teachers will also benefit from unique professional development opportunities through annual workshops and ongoing training with MIT staff, hosted by the MIT Museum.
Core to the collaboration is the reflection of MIT’s philosophy of ‘Mens et Manus’, ‘mind and hand’, which calls for a hands-on approach to problem solving. Through this approach, British International School of Houston students will develop key transferable skills, such as flexibility, creativity and communication, which can be employed across all academic subjects, and in future careers. “I am delighted to be able to announce our collaboration with MIT,” said Andrew Derry, Principal of the British International School of Houston. “Our new Strategic Plan states we must prepare our students with the contemporary skills, attributes and concepts that equip them for their fast-changing, globally connected, technology-rich future.”
“Our new, state of the art, ‘School of the Future’ has been designed purposefully around learners and learning with specialist areas for Design Thinking, Computer Aided Design (CAD), and Maker Spaces, all of which fit perfectly with the MIT philosophy, Mens et Manus, to genuinely prepare our students for the challenges of their future,” Mr. Derry said.
Andrew Fitzmaurice, Chief Executive Officer at Nord Anglia Education said, “As educators, it is our role to ignite our students’ ambitions and prepare them for tomorrow’s challenges. This new programme with MIT will ensure that our students are equipped with the skills they will need in the future workplace, and that they learn these skills in an inspiring way.”
“This is an exceptional opportunity for both our students and teachers to benefit from the expertise of one of the world’s preeminent education institutions. With our performing arts curriculum developed in conjunction with The Juilliard School, and this exciting collaboration with MIT, we have ensured that our students will learn from the best. This positions our schools at the forefront of innovative education.”
John Durant, Director of the MIT Museum and Founder of the Cambridge Science Festival said, “Collaborating with Nord Anglia has enabled us to develop something truly exciting. The activities we have created for Nord Anglia students take a unique approach to problem solving, working across disciplines and promoting collaboration between students to create innovative solutions to real world challenges.
“We hope the collaboration with Nord Anglia will inspire students and staff alike, and provide students with key transferable skills that can be employed throughout their lives.”
The programme is expected to expand to educate more than 35,000 students at Nord Anglia’s 42 international schools in following years. This new venture comes one year after Nord Anglia Education launched its performing arts collaboration with The Juilliard School.
(Houston, TX) March 21, 2016 — The British International School of Houston welcomes Dr. Siva Kumari, director general of the International Baccalaureate Organization®, to Houston to share her insights about developments in education, specifically the increased importance and emphasis colleges and employers are placing on individuals with international mindedness and global competencies. She will detail how an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma offers students a passport to the world’s top universities.
Joining Kumari will be a panel of admissions counselors from selective colleges and universities to answer audience questions about the application process. The community is invited to this free discussion and dinner event on Thursday, May 5 from 5-7 p.m. at The Westin Galleria in Memorial City, 945 Gessner Road, Houston, 77024.
Parents and students interested in learning about the IB Diploma and the British International School of Houston are welcome to join the event by making a reservation at bishouston.org under the “upcoming events” tab or by calling the school at (713) 319-5048.
“College readiness is a theme of the utmost importance to the IB,” said Dr. Kumari. “An IB education prepares students extremely well to go on to further education in whatever area they choose. As part of our commitment to continually improve student outcomes, we conduct much research into this, which confirms the positive impact of participation in the IB on high school graduation, ACT score and college enrollment.”
Andrew Derry, principal of the British International School of Houston, stated, “Dr. Kumari will share with the community how the IB Diploma program can make a difference for your child. We have seen the value of the IB program through the success of all of our graduates. I am pleased to share that our wonderful teaching staff has helped our students achieve a 100 percent pass rate on the IB Diploma Program for the past five consecutive years. Additionally, our students’ IB scores are ranked first in Texas, in the top 1 percent in the United States and the top 3 percent internationally.”
Dr. Siva Kumari joined the IB Organization in 2009 as regional director for Asia-Pacific Singapore; she was named chief operating officer in 2010; and director general in 2014. Prior to joining the IB, Kumari was associate provost for K12 Initiatives at Rice University. She accepted this position after serving as associate dean in Continuing Studies at Rice University and adjunct professor in the School of Education. During her professional tenure in the United States she was the recipient of local, regional and national professional and academic awards. College Admission Counselors will be on-site to answer questions
November 24, 2015 (Houston, Texas) – The British International School of Houston today announces that they will become one of the first schools in the world to benefit from an innovative new collaboration between Nord Anglia Education and The Juilliard School in New York. Starting September 2016, students at the school will use an enhanced embedded arts curriculum developed by specialists from Juilliard, along with continued support from, and engagement with, Juilliard alumni and affiliated artists.
The collaboration between Juilliard, the world-renowned performing arts conservatory, and Nord Anglia Education, the world’s leading premium schools organization, is designed to enhance the British International School of Houston’s performing arts offering with its innovative structure, design and approach. The new embedded arts curriculum, which focuses first on music, was developed by curriculum and music experts at both Juilliard and Nord Anglia Education.
Andrew Derry, Principal of the British International School of Houston, said, “This collaboration is incredibly exciting. An already vibrant and creative music department will be invigorated by our exclusive collaboration with Juilliard, and everyone involved is eager to begin the program and offer our students a world-class musical experience of the highest quality.”
The music curriculum is designed for all students, not just those who are serious about learning an instrument or musical performance. It is based around a repertoire of 12 core works covering a wide range of cultures, genres and historical periods, each of which has been carefully chosen by Juilliard to open the door to categories of music and fundamentals essential for all young people to know and experience. Ultimately, the curriculum aims to nurture cultural literacy and develop key skills in students, such as discipline, creativity and confidence that will enable them to succeed anywhere in the world once they’ve left school.
Joseph W. Polisi, President at the Juilliard School, said, "In collaborating with Nord Anglia, we have a unique opportunity to share our expertise, offering those studying at Nord Anglia schools the chance to learn from the best that our two institutions can offer. We believe that the performing arts should have a significant role within today’s global educational environment. By working with Nord Anglia, we can reach students from around the world to cultivate their skills and help guide them in their future growth."