Welcome to BFIS. Each year BFIS welcomes students and their families from around the world to join our diverse and expanding international community. We hope you will soon feel like at home at BFIS.
Welcome to BFIS
It is important to us that new families feel a part of our international community as soon as possible, providing a quick and easy transition for students and parents. To meet this goal, BFIS provides a Welcome Program designed to help new students and their families make early connections within our friendly and inclusive community. Once you arrive, you’ll become part of it.
School Year 2023-2024
Our purpose is to engage our diverse school community in the pursuit of educational excellence and success for all students.
Our values are based on four basic pillars that are followed by both students and teachers, who instill them in order to achieve a climate of harmony throughout the school.
These pillars are:
- Be kind
- Be honest
- Be respectful
- Be responsible
All students will need to supply their own pair of inexpensive, wired headphones with a built-in mic to use and keep at school. Why is a built-in mic important?
BFIS provides school-owned iPads to students in Elementary K-5. Kindergarten to second grade uses a 2:1 student-to-ipad ratio and third through fifth grade is a 1:1 environment. These iPads are for on-campus use only. Starting in 4th grade, students are asked to bring in an Apple compatible bluetooth keyboard.
Students in our secondary school (grade 6 through 12) are required to bring a family-owned laptop for use every day at school.
Minimum requirements for a student’s device:
- MacOS (preferred), or Windows, (iPad not recommended)
- USB-C Type Charger
- Memory: 8Gb
- Storage Capacity: 256 GB SSD. (512GB recommended)
- Minimum processor: Intel Core i5
- Wi-Fi AC Integrated
- 720p front camera
For your reference, BFIS teachers use the 13-inch MacBook Air with 8GB RAM. Any new Apple or Windows laptop should meet these same specifications. Higher models and specifications can also be purchased based on personal need. The operating system must be in English and be able to access BFIS internet. If you decide not to purchase a new laptop, you may provide a used laptop from home as long as it is not older than 3 years and meets the same specifications listed above. We highly recommend that you purchase an Apple device as the school is moving to an all Apple school within the next few years.
This document outlines the basis and expectations for technology use at BFIS including the 1:1 Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program in Grades 6-12. In order to best prepare students for technology use, please:
- Read this letter thoroughly with your child.
- Discuss the educational purpose and behavioral expectations of the devices with your child.
- Help to establish routines for charging, storing, and safely transporting the device to and from school.
-You will receive a Technology Agreement form to sign through Signatury.
To enhance communication and make planning easier for our families, BFIS has established a weekly email schedule. Here is what to expect once the school year begins:
On Friday: The Weekly is sent out to families with information from all divisions about what is going at school, events calendar, announcements, messages from the Head of School, Counselors, Principals, university visits and tours, parent workshops, etc.