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, 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 (PYP, MYP, and DP). BCIS strives to connect China to the world, and offers a personalized education experience that empowers students to discover their passion. BCIS has two campuses covering over 60,000sqm; the BCIS Main Campus for Grades 1 to 12, and the state-of-the-art BCIS Early Childhood Center (ECC – Toddler to Kindergarten), just 1km from the main campus. Both purpose-built sites are supported by an innovative curriculum, which uses an inquiry-based and skills-focused approach to learning. The school’s program is designed to foster a lifelong love of learning in students who will grow up to be informed, inspired, compassionate people who act for the good of all. The program is implemented by the experienced faculty, consisting of teachers from 18 different countries. The eight graduating classes of BCIS (2009-2016) have been accepted into nearly 260 universities in more than 10 countries. BCIS is licensed to offer a rigorous and respected international curriculum to both foreign and Chinese students.
Founding date: 2005
Age range: 2 to 18 years old
Grades offered: Toddler to Grade 12
School type: IB World School authorized to teach all three IB Programmes – PYP, MYP, and IB DP.
Total area (in square meters): More than 60,000
Curriculum description: IB Program (PYP, MYP, and DP)
Boarding Program: No
Number of students: 970
Is the school accredited by the Ministry of Education? Registered with Education Committee of Chaoyang District, Beijing
Foreign passport holders accepted? Yes
Local Chinese students accepted? Yes
Tuition fees (2016-2017 Academic Year):
• Application fee: RMB 2,000
• New student fee: RMB 5,000
• Toddler-Nursery: RMB 182,300
• Pre-Kindergarten: RMB 195,600
• Kindergarten: RMB 208,100
• Grades 1-5: RMB 234,400
• Grades 6-8: RMB 251,300
• Grades 9-10: RMB 259,500
• Grades 11-12: RMB 269,400
• Lunch: BCIS ECC Campus: RMB 4,500 per year (includes snack and lunch); BCIS Main Campus: RMB 20 per meal (Grade 1), RMB 27 per meal (Grades 2-12)
• Transportation: RMB 12,000 per year
Lunch offered: International catering company Aden offers both Chinese and Western meals in the school cafeterias and snack bar. BCIS ECC campus (ONLY) lunch menu works on a two-week rotation, and is eaten family-style in the school common areas.
Nationality of students: 38 nationalities (China, US, Australia, South Korea)
Primary teaching language: English
Other languages taught as electives: Chinese, Korean, and Spanish, as well as school-supported self-taught language programs that meet the requirements of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program.
Average class size: 15 (Toddler), 16 (Nursery), 18 (Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten), 22 (Grades 1-12)
Average teacher/student ratio: 1:7
School hours: 08.15am-3.30pm
After-school activities: BCIS offers Enrichment Activities both during lunch break and after-school; Dance, chess, calligraphy, swimming, basketball, volleyball, football, cooking, choir, taekwondo, kung fu, Chinese drumming, fashion design, robotics, computer program coding, film making, and more
Extra help offered? ELL, Learning Support, Counseling
Scholarships offered? Yes. BCIS awards two kinds of scholarships: academic scholarships and merit scholarships, which are intended to inspire and nurture exceptional talents for students who embody and exemplify the mission and vision of BCIS.
School facilities: The BCIS Main Campus has over 50 classrooms, sports complex (swimming pool, football fields, gymnasium, fitness room), theater, design and technology lab, Makerspace workshop, art rooms, individual art studios (specifically for G11 and G12 IB DP Art students), science labs, two libraries, two cafeterias, and more. The BCIS ECC Campus is an eco-friendly facility with 20 spacious classrooms, dining areas, indoor and outdoor play areas, learning kitchens, gymnasium, library, art room, rooftop gardens, and more. Both campuses also contain air-filtering equipment that removes at least 80 percent of harmful PM2.5 particles.
School nurse or doctor available? Yes, one nursing station on each campus – BCIS main campus and BCIS ECC campus.
• BCIS Main Campus: 77 Baiziwan Nan Er Lu, Chaoyang District (8771 7171, firstname.lastname@example.org) www.bcis.cn北京市朝阳区百子湾南二路77号
• ECC Campus: 11 Dongbai Jie, Chaoyang District (6770 0766, email@example.com) 北京市朝阳区东柏街11号