British International School of Charlotte

The British International School of Charlotte (BISC), formerly known as the "British American School" is a non-sectarian, co-educational college preparatory day school located in the Ballantyne neighborhood in south Charlotte, North Carolina. BISC offers education for ages 18 months to 18 years old (Grade 12/UK (Year 13)). The school opened in September 2004 and was the fifth school opened in the United States by the British Schools of America. In 2013, BISC joined Nord Anglia Education, an international education provider with 42 international schools and over 34,000 students.

British International School of Charlotte
British International School of Charlotte
British International School of Charlotte
7000 Endhaven Lane

United States of America

Coordinates35°4′9.278″N 80°50′14.675″W
School typePrivate, for profit
MottoBe Ambitious!
Head of schoolAdam Stevens
GradesNursery to Grade 12 (U.K. Year 13)
Age range18 months to 18 years old
MascotThe Lion
AccreditationLearning-Focused School, International Baccalaureate Candidate


International Primary Curriculum (IPC)

The British International School of Charlotte offers Primary School from Nursery to Grade 5 (18 months - Year 6) under the International Primary Curriculum (IPC).[1] The International Primary Curriculum [1] is a comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum. It was designed to ensure rigorous learning through IPC units of work, but also to make learning active and meaningful for children.

International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC)

BISC offers the International Middle-Years Curriculum (IMYC)[2] which addresses the needs of Middle Years students in Grades 6 - 10 (Year 7 - Year 11). It is based on clearly defined goals and standards which outline knowledge, skills and understanding across all subjects.

The IMYC is a holistic curriculum for students covering science, literacy, geography, history, art, PE, technology and Information and communications technology (ICT). It is organized into thematic units of work, each lasting for six weeks. Each unit is structured into discrete subjects, which draw from the same ‘Big Idea,’ with the intention of building cross-curricular links and providing deeper learning.

International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)

The International General Certificate of Secondary Education IGCSE is an English language curriculum offered to BISC students to prepare them for the International Baccalaureate and A Level. The IGCSE was developed by University of Cambridge International Examinations. Students begin IGCSE studies at the beginning of Grade 10 Year 11 and take the test at the end of Grade 12 Year 13.

The IGCSE is an international alternative to many popular national curricula. However, unlike many school-leaving qualifications in some countries, the IGCSE is not a group award or "certificate of education". It is a qualification based on individual subjects of study, which means that one receives an "IGCSE" qualification for each subject one takes. The IGCSE is predominantly exam-based, similar to Advanced Placement (AP) exams and SAT Subject Tests. The IGCSE prepares students for further academic study, progression to A Level, Cambridge Pre-U or the IB Diploma Programme by providing a study program covering subjects from a variety of areas, including Languages, Humanities, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Creative, Technical and Vocational.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Program

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) is a "rigorous, off-the-shelf curriculum recognized by universities around the world", as decscribed by Time in its December 18, 2006 edition titled "How to bring our schools out of the 20th Century".[3] According to Howard Gardner, a professor of educational psychology at Harvard University, the IBDP curriculum is "less parochial than most American efforts" and helps students "think critically, synthesize knowledge, reflect on their own thought processes and get their feet wet in interdisciplinary thinking."[4]

The British International School of Charlotte is an IBDP Candidate School and plans are to deliver the first course of curriculum in the Fall of 2017. ".[5] The IBDP is made of up several areas. An outline of the curriculum is as follows:

Age Range: 16-19

DP Core [6]

  • Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
  • The Extended Essay (EE)
  • Creativity Activity and Service (CAS)

Subject areas [6]

  • Studies in Language and Literature
  • Language Acquisition
  • Individuals and Societies
  • Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • The Arts

Global Initiatives

The British International School of Charlotte is part of a group over 40 schools worldwide through Nord Anglia Education. The schools are located in the North America, Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and China. This Global Campus extends the students' learning beyond the classroom. Student can participate in wide variety of activities and competitions through interaction with other students located in different countries around the world.[7]

As part of Nord Anglia Education, the British International School of Charlotte's students are eligible to participate in its collaborations with the Juilliard School[8] and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).[9]

Students at the British International School of Charlotte are also given opportunities to take part in the Global Orchestra [10] and educational trips abroad [11]


The majority of the BISC staff are British and educated in the United Kingdom. They all hold UK degrees as well as teaching qualifications. Some teaching staff hold master's degrees. The school promotes the professional development of teachers and staff through Nord Anglia University carried out in the US, UK, and Europe to promote world-class learning practices through adapting and adopting best educational practices from around the world.[12]

Parent Company

British International School of Charlotte is owned by Nord Anglia Education, the world's leading operator of premium, international schools.[13]


The British International School of Charlotte is accredited by the International Primary Curriculum and is a member of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS). It is in its second year as an International Baccalaureate Candidate School.[14]


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  2. "What is the IMYC?".
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