The Early Years, EY as we like to call it, at Bangalore International School comprises of Pre-Primary (PP – ages 3 to 4), Lower Kindergarten (LKG – ages 4 to 5), and Upper Kindergarten (UKG – ages 5-6). While there is only one section of PP & LKG, we have two sections of UKG – Cedar and Elm.
The Early Years (EY) programme at Bangalore International School comprises Nursery, Lower Kindergarten (LKG) and Upper Kindergarten (UKG). The Early Years curriculum at BIS combines the best practices of internationally renowned curriculum methods. Children experience immersive learning through theme based approach. They actively engage in activities for hands-on experiences across a theme so that they learn through their own strengths and interests.
The nurturing Elementary Section (ES) at Bangalore International School is indeed a home away from home for students as testified both by students and parents year after year. The focus at ES is holistic growth for students who begin to build foundations of learning in Literacy, Numeracy and other academic areas. We have a diverse body of student and faculty who hail from different nationalities apart from India.
We have an enquiry driven, experiential, interactive approach to learning that employs the innovative pedagogy with a focus on personalized and differentiated methodology. While we follow the Cambridge curriculum for English and Science, we have the school curated curriculum for Mathematics and Social Studies that amply uses resources from recognized academic bodies. This is to ensure that we are aligned with international standards, while being open to the nuances of education for our community. In addition, we have Information Technology and Computer Science and a variety of options of World Languages: French, Hindi and Spanish.
Welcome to the Middle School Section of Bangalore International School!
Middle School is a critically defining point in the educational career of a student. It serves as a bridge between Elementary School and High School, and has a long-term impact on a student's readiness for future academic challenges. At Middle School, students begin to take more responsibility for their learning and the teacher assumes the role of a facilitator.
Curriculum design, teaching strategies and assessments are aligned with the standards of the core programme developed by our experienced staff members. We also follow the Cambridge Checkpoint syllabus for English, Math and Science, which culminates in Checkpoint examinations in Grades 5 and 8.
At BIS, we recognize the fact that the Middle School years are a time for experimenting with multiple approaches to learning and teaching, thus, imparting learning through class room instruction, audio-visual aids, hands-on activities, field trips and excursions, physical education and performing and visual arts. Students have ample opportunities to explore, fine-tune and exhibit their talents. We acknowledge that all subject areas are connected and therefore, we lay special emphasis on integration across subjects to make learning more meaningful and relevant.
Students are presented with leadership roles at school events, Round Square meetings and Sports and Cultural competitions, where they imbibe the qualities of sportsmanship, team-spirit, perseverance and resilience.
Since the Middle School years, being a period of transition, can be an emotionally challenging phase for children, we provide an environment which fosters easy and open communication between staff and students. It also encourages creative ways of dealing with conflict. In preparing students for high school, we try to instill a sense of independence and personal responsibility. To that end, we also run the PSHE(Personal,Social,Health and Economic Education) programme which is designed and delivered to cater specifically to the needs and requirements of the MS years.
Our primary objective is to create a challenging, yet supportive learning environment where teachers strive to take into account every child’s learning needs, strengths and areas for improvement through differentiated instruction and assessment.
The Middle School at BIS consists of Grades 5 to 8. Though based, to an extent, on the Cambridge International Secondary Programme as well as the IB MYP programme, the MS curriculum has been developed by BIS staff. The intention was to create a flexible curriculum framework that allowed us to explore myriad ways of inculcating skills and understanding during the course of our students’ creative learning journey.
The subjects taught in the Middle School can be divided into 10 subject groups: First Language (English Language, English Literature), World Languages (English, French, Spanish, Hindi, German,Kannada), Mathematics, Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology), Social Science (History, Geography), ICT, Home Economics/Nutrition, Visual Arts (2D & 3D), Performing Arts (Music, Dance & Theatre) and Physical Education.
The content in every subject area has been carefully curated by the staff to ensure that our students are comfortable in any cultural setting while being comfortable with their own cultural roots as well. The best international resources are used to deliver the curriculum and the teachers make every attempt to go above and beyond prescribed textbooks. Assessment consists of a comprehensive range of strategies that cater to the different learning styles of our students. Continuous assessments culminate every term with school examinations.
In Grades 5 and 8, students also take the Cambridge Checkpoint Examinations in English, Mathematics and Science which is an additional certificate as well as a diagnostic tool that evaluates the candidate’s performance in each sub-strand per subject in the curriculum. They also take the Cambridge Starter Awards for ICT. An attempt is also made to align the school assessment for Science subjects with that of Checkpoint & IGCSE by holding a practical component.
The curriculum is designed and delivered to ensure that our students move on from the Middle School to High School years as knowledgeable, inquiring, reflective, principled and independent thinkers.
The High School section at BIS is academically driven. There is a constant effort to uphold, inculcate, and nurture values and principles that foster holistic development in our students.
High school spans Grades 9 to 12. In Grades 9 and 10, we offer the Cambridge IGCSE curriculum. In Grade 11 and 12, students can choose between Cambridge-A Levels or the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). Cambridge International (CIE) and International Baccalaureate (IB) offer rigorous academic programs, benchmarked to world standards.
Besides compulsory subjects, BIS offers an interesting range of contemporary academic subjects, designed to capture a student's curiosity, and develop a lifelong love of learning. BIS is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). This enables BIS to offer its own High School Diploma. Students completing course requirements by the end of Grade 12 are awarded the BIS Diploma which is recognised by the Association of Indian Universities(AIU) and Universities abroad.
In keeping up with the demands for 21st century skills, our instructional practices are designed to provide students with a framework for critical analysis, research skills, collaboration skills and presentation skills. These developmentally appropriate educational practices have been recognized to meet students' needs in all the areas of development - physical, social, emotional and cognitive.
High school is a veritable bee hive of opportunities. Students have ample opportunities to engage in sports and extracurricular activities. In keeping with the true spirit of global citizenship, a few student groups have launched CAS clubs. These groups are engaged in fostering social consciousness and global awareness.
Equipped with the right temperament and skills, our students have excelled in life after school. They have had the honour of joining some of the best universities in the world.