The British School of Washington offers a student-centric, individualized approach to teaching and learning. With our unique approach, we ensure all children meet their full potential in academic learning, personal growth and development, and global awareness.
What is Differentiation?
Differentiation is a learning philosophy and way of teaching that considers the unique learning needs of each child, and in which our teachers are highly trained.
Students work in the way that offers them the most success, tackling new learning when they’re personally ready and revisiting concepts that need more work.
Teachers get to know each child extremely well, and understand their individual learning style.
Each student has an individual learning plan, describing learning goals and the strategies that teacher and student will use to reach them together.
Continual assessment, that identifies strengths as well as areas of improvement, ensures that students make progress in all areas.
We Layer the Curriculum
All subjects are taught, beginning at age 5, creating a spiral curriculum that builds on a child’s skills and knowledge from year to year. We continue to revisit topics and strands within subjects every year to further develop them and reinforce learning. This approach allows new students the opportunity to access previous learning.
As your child advances, we extend topics and examine them in greater depth to deepen understanding and skills.
Student Assessment and Reporting
We assess each student according to standardized levels as well as personal progress. With this information, our teachers are able to adapt teaching and learning activities every day.
Parents receive four reports on their children’s progress throughout the school year
Parents and students are invited to attend two formal Learning Review Conferences during the year
Parents are also able to contact teachers at any time to discuss student progress
Learning Outside of the Classroom
We embrace learning outside the classroom by making excellent use of the unique and enriching cultural opportunities offered in Washington, DC.
Students and teachers regularly attend day visits and longer trips to enhance learning. In addition, children in second and third grade (Year 1 and Year 2) learn outdoors every week using the nearby Dumbarton Oaks Park as their classroom.