35 Parent Reviews for British School Of Washington
My son has been at BSW for the past 5 years and I could not be happier with the school. The teachers are excellent and provide lots of individualized attention and mentoring. The international primary curriculum provides a stimulating and effective course of study that induces students to think deeply
... Read more about a wide variety of important social, economic, political and cultural topics and promotes intellectual engagement that enhances their acquisition of learning and life skills. The BSW community is international, socially engaged, courteous and fun to be a part of. The school has been perfect for my son and for my family. I would recommend BSW to any parents in the Washington DC area who are looking for a socially diverse, intellectually challenging, deeply caring and friendly school environment for their children. Read less
Posted by a parent on 10/05/12
It has been said: "don't believe everything you read on the internet" After reading posts about BSW on this forum, it is especially true. There are many falsehoods being presented as fact and many grudges being played out in a public forum. I am a parent of a child at BSW. I have known nothing but
... Read more kindness, professionalism, warmth and success for my child in the past 4 years. I receive weekly updates from my child's teacher so I can support him in his learning at home. Homework is fair & engaging. My son is challenged and supported through the network of teachers and subject specialists. The Head Teacher (Principal) is engaging and actively working to provide students with the highest quality education available. He regularly communicates with parents through meetings, parents association, monthly letters and casually during morning drop-off (this includes acknowledging students by their name). A very active & inclusive parents association enhances the school with a variety of events & opportunities for students, parents and teachers -and no dues. Worth a visit to talk to some parents and students. No school is perfect, you just need to find the right fit for your child. Read less
Posted by a parent on 10/02/12
My children attend the high school and are very happy there. We are delighted with the excellent grades in both the IGCSE and IB exams that they have achieved. The learning styles that they are encouraged to adopt have helped with the transition to university. (Most students go to very good universities
... Read more after finishing the IB Diploma.) There is always a positive learning environment and atmosphere in the school. Read less
Posted by a parent on 09/30/12
This is an awful school with majority of teachers being consistently unprofessional. There mannerisms are childish and being a former student they gave us no role models. I am ashamed to say that the teachers bitchyness became obvious to all and sadly became reflected in my fellow students. Kids learn
... Read more from what we see and the teachers do not lead by example. I support many of the previous comments such as, the teachers can tell you more about their personal life than their subject. It is shocking to see thousands of dollars being spent on staff who treat it as a joke. This does not count for all teaching staff as there are great teachers at the school but unfortunatly their efforts are tainted by those who see teaching abroad as a holiday rather than a job. I do not recommend sending your children here. There are much better schools out there. Do not feed this profit hungry machine. You would have to cover school fees and private tutoring due to the insufficiency of the teaching. I hope this persuades your opinion. Four years at this childish institute is enough to see through the first false impression. Save your money and your Childs future! Read less
Posted by a other on 09/21/12
The one single thing that lets this school down is the lack of facilities, particulalry for the High School. The teaching is generally good and in some cases exceptional but this alone does not compensate for the incredibly high fees. WCL the UK based organisation that operates the school seems unwilling
... Read more or unable to develop the site to make this into a school that can compete with other private schools in the Georgetown area. They do not seem to accept that there is a direct link between falling numbers in the Middle and HIgh School and the poor facilities on offer. There are no onsite sports facilities, no junior/senior common room, no canteen facilities and no auditorium. All the great things that are happening at the school are completely overshadowed by the cramped poorley funded environment. Read less
Posted by a parent on 09/14/12
I have two boys who have attended BSW for the past three years at Primary level. I can honestly say that it has been a truly joyful, positive and productive experience for them. The teachers instill a love of learning in the children right from the outset which allows them to become inquisitive, thoughtful
... Read more and independent learners. Class sizes are small, resulting in more individual attention from the dedicated teachers and assistants. The International Primary Curriculum in my opinion has been a huge success. It allows for differentiation and helps the children understand their place within a diverse, international community. The school continues to act upon feedback from parents and students, and together with a very strong Parents Association I am in no doubt BSW will continue to go from strength to strength. Of course, as some of the reviews here show, the school is not a best fit for everyone (as is the case for all schools). I hope in future personal grievances can be redirected to the school itself and space is left for those with constructive criticisms. Read less
Posted by a parent on 08/21/12
I went here for four and half years before finally transfering to a different school. In short, my experience was unpleasant. I was bullied by my classmates (and certain members of staff) frequently. Only a small handful of the teachers were actually very good, but the rest were atrocious. (Like showing
... Read more videos of cats instead of preparing us for our IGCSE exams.) Coming from a former student, don't send your child here. The school is too cliquey to make true friends and most the teachers can tell you more about their lives instead of their subject. Read less
Posted by a other on 07/13/12
We sent our older daughter to BSW for one year and took her out. The classes were large (32+) and, although the course material was well-taught, at the end of the year, the etacher, who went back to the UK, could not tell me anything about my daughter, good or bad. Also, bullying was tolerated, and seemed
... Read more a part of the culture of the school. I often had to beg my child to go to class, and she is not especially shy or withdrawn. Many of the parents were nice, but there was a definate in and out crowd. The school administartion was aloof. After a year, we send our daughter to a small Catholic school in Palisades, where she has thrived. Before sending your child to BSW, understand that it is for profit and therefore will tolerate all manner of bad behavior to keep enrollment up. Read less
Posted by a other on 06/13/12
Our son has been enrolled at the school for two years. Upon enrollment we were told by the school that we had to pull him from Kumon tutoring because this program was antithetical to the BSW curriculum. After speaking with another dissatisfied parent, we had our child independently evaluated this year,
... Read more & like her child, he was far below grade level & couldn't test into any private school in the area. To add insult to injury, he has been bullied for the past 2 years, & when we talked to administration about this, providing names & evidence, (the scar on his forehead from being pushed), the school blamed him for the abuse. I was incensed and 100% agree with the other poor reviews. I also attended British schools in Africa & I believed that the curriculum was comparable. We just discovered that BSW uses a product created by the corporation which owns the school & it isn't even accredited. Now, we have re-enrolled in Kumon, but kids in his grade who stayed in Kumon are doing 6th & 7th grade work but my son has to play catch-up. BSW provides no homework, no tests, unmotivated teachers, too much money & no scholarships. DO NOT SEND your child here unless you are a diplomat passing thru. Read less
Posted by a parent on 05/15/12
Our two children are thriving in the BSW Primary School. The teachers are not only motivated, but motivating. The literacy programme is fantastic - both for reading and writing. The younger children go out for weekly Walks in the Woods, connecting with nature and becoming Junior Rangers. There is a strong
... Read more focus on presentational skills, through homework which involves individual talks to the class, and annual assembly performances. The primary school needs more structured focus on math, which we are told is happening, and leadership has been improving. We are confident that BSW is providing the best start possible for the education of our children. Read less
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Washington schools — British School Of Washington is located at 2001 Wisconsin Ave Nw, Washington DC 20007. 2001 Wisconsin Ave Nw is in the Georgetown neighborhood and 20007 ZIP code in Washington, DC British School Of Washington is a Private school that serves grade levels PK - 12.
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