For the coming weeks, we will be highlighting local and international schools around Beijing from our upcoming 2014-2015 School Choice Guide, which comes out in early February 2014. Scroll down for more information on how to participate in our annual school choice fair in March 2014.
The British School of Beijing offers two schools and is the oldest British-style school in Beijing, with campuses in Sanlitun (Early Years and Primary School) and in the expat hub of Shunyi (Primary, German Primary and Secondary).
BSB offers an international education for students aged 1 to 18, following the English National Curriculum, IGCSEs, A-Levels and, from August 2014, the IB Diploma. The German primary program in Shunyi uses the German national curriculum to teach core subjects in German to primary school students in years 1 to 4. “High Performance Learning”, its unique educational approach, inspires academic success and develops socially and intellectually confident children with a global outlook.
Founding date: 2003-2004
School type: International school following the English National Curriculum from Early Years Foundation Stage (ages 1 to 4) through to Sixth Form College (ages 17 and 18). The German Primary Programme, offered at BSB Shunyi, follows the German curriculum for core subjects in years 1 to 4.
Is the school registered with the Ministry of Education? Yes
Accreditations: ISI (the UK’s Independent School Inspectorate)
Tuition fees (2013-2014 Academic Year):
- Application Fee: RMB1,600
- Security Deposit (payable upon student’s acceptance): RMB 16,000
- Pre-Nursery: RMB 107,286 (mornings), RMB 160,944 (full day)
- Nursery: RMB 107,286 (mornings), RMB 160,944 (full day)
- Reception: RMB 173,600
- Year 1 and 2: RMB 193,217
- Year 3: RMB 206,273
- Year 4, 5 and 6: RMB 209,339
- Year 7, 8, and 9: RMB 227,796
- Year 10 and 11: RMB 234,734
- Year 12 and 13: RMB 246,057
- Fees for 2014-15 were unconfirmed at the time of going to print
*These fees include all travel and accommodation costs for student residential trips.
**Families can receive a 5 percent discount if they pay yearly tuition fees in full, in advance.
Food offered: A range of Asian and Western options, sandwich station, and salad fruit bar. RMB 30/day; compulsory for all full-time students.
Types of scholarships offered: None
Age range: 1-18
Number of students: 1,500
Nationality of students: More than 55 nationalities represented across both schools with higher representation from the UK, US, Australian, and European Countries.
Foreign passport holders accepted? Yes
Local Chinese students accepted? No
Primary teaching language: English
Languages taught: German, Chinese, French, Spanish
Class size: Maximum class size is 22 (16 in Nursery)
Teacher/student ratio: The Sanlitun school ratio is 1:3 (pre-nursery) and 1:11 (Year 6). The Shunyi school ratio ranges from 1:4 to 1:10.
School hours: 8.30am to 3.30pm
After school activities offered: Primary Schools offer a range of activities such as drama, golf, comic creation, cookery, creative writing, singing, swimming, languages, computer science, and chess. The secondary school offers activities like Model United Nations (MUN), Roots and Shoots, STEM Club (science, technology, engineering, math), the International Award, Chinese cooking, drama, self defense, and homework support.
Extra help offered: Both schools provide comprehensive EAL (English as an Additional Language) programs.
School facilities: Both schools have classrooms with smartboards, ICT suites, libraries, dedicated music rooms, art rooms, outdoor play areas, and indoor gyms. For sport, the Sanlitun school has a rooftop astroturf football pitch, an indoor urban sports center featuring a climbing wall, and a ball pool. The Shunyi campus has an outdoor sports field, running track, basketball courts, indoor swimming pool, and a cardio and weights rooms. The Shunyi Secondary School also has design and technology labs, science labs, art and drama studios, a dark room, and a 230-seat theatre.
Total area of campus:
- Shunyi Campus 21,600sqm
- Sanlitun Primary School 4,288sqm
- Sanlitun Early Years Campus: 1,534sqm
School nurse: Two full-time nurses in Sanlitun and three in Shunyi
- Sanlitun School Primary Campus: 5 Xiliujie, Sanlitun Road, Chaoyang District (8532 3088 email@example.com) 朝阳区三里屯路西六街5号
- Shunyi Campus: South Side, No. 9 An Hua Street, Shunyi District, (8047 3588 firstname.lastname@example.org) 北京市顺义区天竺开发区安华街9号南院 101318
Word from a parent:
“We were warmly welcomed at BSB Sanlitun from the start. There is thought put into which class each child is best adapted to. The teachers have made learning a pleasure, our child comes home enthusiastic, engaged and eager to return the next day. Our child has benefitted from the value of teamwork, individual success, and how helping others can be a bonus for all, with star citizen examples showing the way forward.”
– Mira Merme (Switzerland), mother of Solongo (Year 4, Sanlitun)
“The British School of Beijing makes us feel that we are not just part of a school, but part of a family. We love the fact that BSB sees our children as individuals. They make the school fit the child, not the child fit the school. Our children have grown amazinglyand blossomed in the BSB environment. We, as parents, have grown as well; in friendships, confidence, pride in our children, and the certainty that the British School of Beijing was the best and only school choice for us.”
– Dan Minsker (US), Father of Dylan and Jacob (Shunyi Primary)
For more information on the 2014-2015 School Choice Guide e-mail email@example.com and click here to view the 2013-2014 School Choice Guide on ISSUU. For more information on our upcoming School Choice Fair on March 1-2, 2014, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo courtesy of BSB