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.
Located in Beijing’s Central Business District, Beijing City International School (BCIS) lives by its motto: “Empowering and Inspiring through Challenge and Compassion.” This non-profit, independent co-educational day school offers an international curriculum under the International Baccalaureate (IB) World School system and is authorized to teach all three IB programs (Primary Years, Middle Years, and Diploma Programme). BCIS is planning on a second campus, a state-of-the-art Early Childhood Center (ECC) campus. Located only 1km from the main campus, the ECC is the first pre-school building in Beijing to be LEED-certified to Gold standard. BCIS is one of the few schools in Beijing licensed and accredited to offer a rigorous and well-respected international curriculum to both foreign and Chinese national students.
Founding date: 2005
School type: IB World School
Grades offered: Nursery-Grade 12
Is the school accredited by the Ministry of Education? No
Accreditations: Council of International Schools (CIS) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Tuition fees (2013-2014 academic year):
- Application fee: RMB 2,000
- New student fee: RMB 5,000
- Nursery: RMB 144,500
- Pre-K: RMB 155,300
- Kindergarten: RMB 165,600
- Grades 1-2: RMB 198,800
- Grades 3-5: RMB 198,800
- Grades 6-8: RMB 213,100
- Grades 9-10: RMB 218,000
- Grades 11-12: RMB 226,200
- Lunch fee: RMB 19/meal (Nursery-Grade 1) or RMB 26/meal (Grades 1-12)
- Transportation fee: RMB10,000 per year
Lunch offered: International catering company Aramark offers both Chinese and Western meals in the school cafeterias and snack bar.
Age range: 3-18
Number of students: 742
Nationality of students: Over 50 nationalities
Foreign passport holders accepted? Yes
Local Chinese students accepted? Yes
Primary teaching language: English
Other languages taught: Chinese, Korean and Spanish, as well as school supported self-taught language programs that meet the requirements of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization
Class size: 14 (Nursery); 16 (Pre-K and Kindergarten); 22 (Grades 1-12)
Teacher/student ratio: 1:6
School hours: 8.15am-3.20pm
After-school activities: Dance, chess, calligraphy, rock climbing, cooking, choir, taekwondo, kung fu, Chinese drumming, and more
School facilities: The BCIS campus has three main buildings with over 50 classrooms equipped with SmartBoard technology, a sports complex, a learning and resource center, a design and technology lab, five science labs, two libraries, computer labs, two cafeterias, a heated six-lane swimming pool, a soccer field, and more.
Total area: 51,000sqm
School nurse or doctor available? Yes, there are two nurses on duty.
Contact: 77 Baiziwan Nan Er Lu, Chaoyang District (8771 7171, email@example.com) www.bcis.cn 朝阳区百子湾南二路77号
Word from a Parent:
"BCIS provides a truly rigorous and personalized education. My daughter’s teacher has high expectations for her students. She tailors the learning plan to the different talents, needs, and stages of development of individual students. I have seen my daughter make enormous progress in many areas and I believe she will achieve to the very best of her ability. I really appreciate what her teacher has done and I look forward to her further growth."
– Yijing Lin (China), mother of a Grade 5 student
For more information on the 2014-2015 School Choice Guide email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
Photo courtesy of BCIS