As a school, we empower students and staff to seize their potential and learn deeply. Our culture is one of a whole learning community of students and staff. We expect that every child has an experience where they feel fully seen and included. One that values diversity, equity, inclusion and justice for all. We believe in learning for enduring understanding through daily learning experiences that are contextualized, relevant and meaningful to young people. Teachers are constantly refining their craft to ensure that each student has been able to reach the learning intentions and their own personal learning potential.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice
BFIS is committed to recruiting, cultivating, engaging, and encouraging a diverse and vibrant community of students and staff. At BFIS our international school community is not just a school represented by 56 nationalities, we also represent a wide range of racial, ethnic and cultutral heritages, sexual orientations and gender identities; physical abilities; life, school, and career experiences; religious, personal beliefs, and learning differences. We want each and every one of our students to feel valued, respected and included in our learning community. We are committed to social justice and the place that begins is by understanding ourselves and how we learn about each other, our different experiences and our journeys. We use that knowledge to ensure that we are actively working to learn and understand the complexity of difference, challenge prejudice and promote social justice for all. As an American International School developing intercultural competency is at our core.
Teachers frame and reframe lessons and units so that students can action their talents and passions through personalized learning. However, we also have independent, student-centered, inquiry-based learning experiences that allow students to initiate, manage and direct their own investigation in an area of personal interest. Students work independently under the supervision of the Enrichment and Differentiation Coordinator and an internal/external mentor. As students become involved in the self-initiated and self-directed learning process, they find it easier to construct in-depth knowledge on their topic as well as to develop an understanding of themselves as learners.
BFIS is committed to continuing to develop kind, honest, respectful, and responsible students by continually upgrading our programs that lead to strong student self-esteem, knowledge about self and their ability to make good choices. This includes student and parent programs that incorporate internal/external speakers and resources targeting child protection and safeguarding, cyber-safety, digital intelligence, drugs and alcohol, bullying, anxiety, stress management and sexual health and wellbeing. The school both an advisory program and all Middle and High School Secondary School students are engaged in wellness classes.