International school, English curriculum, Personal care
Greetings from our Director General
I am delighted that you are taking a moment to visit the British School of Geneva website. We are currently updating our site but, until it is complete, I am confident that these pages of our brochure will provide a rich sense of who we are.
The images you will see reflect more than just our modern and comfortable premises. They should also provide you with a sense of the diverse and international environment, vibrant student life and sense of community which exists within our walls and in our playground.
Our students mean the world to us. We are proud of them and of the results they achieve. Our teachers and administrators are committed to helping every one of them attain their full potential and that objective drives everything we do. The concepts of respect, motivation and achievement are fundamental and permeate every aspect of school life.
We recognise that all children are unique and, as such, keep our class sizes small enough to provide each one with a tailored and well-rounded academic experience. However, learning is not confined to the classroom. Our students participate in a broad range of cultural and extra-curricular activities which complement and enrich their course work.
I hope that you will come to BSG to meet our students and staff, take a tour and see for yourself what sets us apart from other private schools in the area.
Welcome to the British School of Geneva!
The British School of Geneva (BSG) was created in response to an ever-growing need in Geneva for private, anglophone education and a specific demand for the English National programme. BSG is the only school in the area to offer the cohesive English National Curriculum from Year 1 through to A-Levels. Accordingly, we are an obvious choice for students transitioning from, or returning to, a British based curriculum.
BSG is the only international school in the region to offer British A-Levels (Years 12 and 13), which is open to students of all nationalities and educational backgrounds who wish to specialise in certain subjects. This programme allows greater flexibility to students who have specific areas of strength - we build on and further develop these strengths, thus enhancing their prospects for entrance to universities around the world.
BSG is an international school and we are delighted to have students from over 40 nationalities enrich our lessons, our hallways and our playground with their various cultures and perspectives. Our teachers and pupils also benefit greatly from contributions from our parent community to classroom and extra-curricular events.
We limit our class groups to a maximum of 16 students (10 in A-Level classes) so that our teachers can tailor lessons to suit individual learning needs. Our size also allows teachers, directors and administrators to know each student and their family and to maintain regular, highly-personalised and proactive communication between school and home.
Despite our small classes, we keep fees at an affordable level. We wish to make private education as financially accessible as possible for families in the region and we are proud of the value we provide.
Our school will always be small, will always provide high-quality tuition in English and will always remain reasonably priced as compared with other international schools. These are our commitments to families who place their trust and their children in our hands.
Our goal is not to imitate or compete with the large international schools in the Geneva region. Indeed, our aim is to be different and in doing so to offer more choice to parents and their children.
We welcomed our first students in 2005 as the A-Level College, offering a unique opportunity to anglophone teens in the region to pursue this internationally valued and recognised diploma. In 2009, we expanded as our organization was granted permission by the Geneva Education Department (Département de l'instruction publique) to open Geneva Secondary School in our new purpose-built building. Two years later, our authorization was again broadened to include our Primary School. Beginning in 2011, our Primary, Secondary and A-Level programmes were re-grouped and renamed The British School of Geneva.
The British School of Geneva is owned and managed by ASC International House, one of the largest privately-owned educational institutions in the area. ASC International House has held the EduQua quality label since 2001. Following inspection by the British Council in 2004, ASC International House was appointed as a recognised examinations centre for the UK Examining Authority EDEXCEL and is authorized to run all A-Level and IGCSE examinations.
The British School of Geneva is proud to be an Associate Member of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS), a member of the Geneva Association of Private Schools (AGEP) and a member of the Swiss Federation of Private Schools (FSEP). Additionally, we are inspected regularly by the Geneva Education Department.
The British School of Geneva operates in a modern, purpose-built site which provides an outstanding environment for learning to take place. Classrooms are spacious (especially with a maximum of 16 students per class) and all areas of the 3-storey school are graced with plentiful natural light.
For a small school, facilities are exceptional. Fully equipped science labs, 3 ICT suites, as well as a theatre and music room mean that all specialist subject needs are catered for.
A library, nurse's station and dining hall ensure that BSG students benefit from large school amenities while enjoying the advantages of a more intimate instructional setting.
Students have the option of subscribing to our hot lunch programme. Our caterer holds the Fourchette Verte quality label and can accommodate a range of dietary restrictions.
Access and Security:
The school is situated on the main road through Châtelaine, 2 minutes from the motorway and just a 10-minute drive from the United Nations at the heart of the international quarter of Geneva.
The building has one main, supervised entrance for all students, staff and visitors. Students can be safely dropped off by car using the driveway loop in front of the main door.
The entrance to the building is completely secure and is permanently supervised by staff. The large recreational area is also completely enclosed, thus offering maximum protection for students.
The school is well served by public transport; 4 bus routes stop right outside the building. A transport service covering the right bank of Geneva and neighbouring France is also available.
All of our teaching and classroom support staff are qualified, experienced and hold a recognised university degree in their chosen field as well as an appropriate teaching qualification. Most have previously taught in the British education system and all are involved in regular professional development.
Thanks to our low student to teacher ratio, BSG teachers are able to adapt their methods and teaching styles to suit the needs of individual pupils. They also maintain incentive schemes to ensure that students of all ages remain highly motivated in both their academic work and other activities.
We offer an after-school care programme for younger students as well as a range of extra-curricular programmes including Sports, Arts & Crafts, Music and Astronomy.
BSG students participate in field trips, skiing outings, UN charity events and visits to museums and other cultural sites. BSG students (Secondary section) also have the opportunity to become involved in the International Award for Young People (also known as the Duke of Edinburgh award) which encourages personal development and growth through a balanced, non-competitive programme of voluntary activities.
We are proud that our older students have taken part in and distinguished themselves at the Model United Nations, the European Maths Challenge and History Bee and Bowl competition.
The British School of Geneva offers education in English
to 5 to 18 year-olds.
As we follow the English National curriculum, our academic programme is divided into 3 sections: Primary, Secondary, and A-Levels.
All three sections follow slightly different timetables in order to allow us to effectively manage the challenge of having 3 age groups on one campus.
...in which children grow their wings
In years 1 to 6, children follow the curriculum outlined in Key Stages 1 and 2 covering a wide range of subjects including Mathematics, English, French, Science, Humanities, ICT (Computers), Visual Arts, Music and Physical Education. View full syllabus details.
These first years of a child's education are vital for developing their critical thinking and problem solving skills and, as such, we have created an environment in which our young students feel empowered to ask questions, safe to meet challenges head on, and accompanied on their journey towards reaching their full potential.
This is a time in which to instil a love of learning that children will carry with them throughout their lives. Our small class sizes permit our teachers to tailor their lessons to suit individuals' abilities and learning styles. The positive and supportive environment throughout our school and the personal attention each student receives form the basis of BSG's difference and are cornerstones of our success.
Students will graduate from Primary school with a solid academic foundation upon which to build and the confidence and curiosity to strive for ever greater academic heights.
All those successfully completing Year 6 with us are guaranteed a place in the Secondary programme.
...in which children take flight
In the first three years of Secondary school (Years 7 to 9 known as Key Stage 3), all students follow a broad curriculum of general academic subjects. This core curriculum consists of: Mathematics, English, French, Science, History, Geography, ICT (Computers) Citizenship and Physical Education. View full syllabus details.
At the end of Year 9, the curriculum content becomes more specific as students begin a two-year programme (Key Stage 4) leading to IGCSE examinations (www.edexcel.com). Students at this stage study the core subjects of English, Mathematics, French and ICT and optional subjects of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Economics, History and Geography.
Our Secondary programme provides increased focus on core skills such as reasoning, analysis, research and leadership, which are fundamental to students' continued success. Our teachers are not only watchful over academic results but also provide pastoral care assisting students' emotional development on their path towards the later stages of their education. Again, our small class sizes foster a truly supportive and personalised environment that is critical during these decisive years.
In these more senior stages, our students demonstrate an increasing openness to and appetite for the world around them. At BSG, we encourage their enthusiasm for learning and assist their development through cultural projects which make the most of Geneva's natural setting, leverage our city's geopolitical importance and explore the diversity of its people.
Students successfully completing Year 11 with us are guaranteed a place in the A-Level programme.
...in which young adults begin to soar
Our A-Level college is a natural stepping-stone for students following the English curriculum and IGCSE programme. Students must select 4 subjects which are studied in modules. Exams take place at the end of each year (www.edexcel.com). BSG is an approved teaching and examination centre for EDEXCEL, a major UK exam board, and all examinations take place on BSG premises. This 2-year programme of study leads to university entrance and is open to students aged 16 and above, of all nationalities and educational backgrounds.
Subjects are offered according to student preferences and include Mathematics, English Language and Literature, History, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, Geography, Economics and Business, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Russian.
A solid performance in 3 A-Levels represents a passport to entry into UK universities, European Union universities, Swiss universities and many North American universities, including those with European campuses.
For students with clearly identified areas of strength or interest, specialising in fewer main subjects is a better fit than programmes with numerous compulsory subjects such as the International Baccalaureate, the French Baccalaureate or the Swiss Maturité.
The A-Level programme is a transitional phase from a structured secondary school environment to the relative freedom of university life. Accordingly, students are encouraged to explore their passions and achieve excellence in their chosen subjects, while benefitting from the necessary tools at their disposal in terms of personalised support from teachers, counsellors and school directors. Particular attention is paid to the refinement of increasingly called-upon time and workload management skills.
As class sizes are deliberately small (10 students maximum), we are able to offer intensive individual care and on-going tutorial support. Regular meetings among students, parents and staff are a critical factor in the success of the A-Level programme at BSG.
This is an exciting time in young people's lives and one in which their choices will largely determine their future. We understand the importance of attentiveness to students' results and the need to guide and support them in selecting their next challenges.
In keeping with our philosophy of making private education as financially accessible as possible, our fees are deliberately kept at a level which is very affordable compared to those of the other international schools in the canton of Geneva.
Annual Tuition Fees for 2012 / 2013
Years 1-2 CHF 18'700.-
Years 3-6 CHF 19'000.-
Years 7-9 CHF 19'400.-
Years 10-11 CHF 19'900.-
Years 12-13 CHF 21'000.-
The fees include charges for books and stationery.They do not include exam registration fees (Years 10-13), uniform costs (beginning September 2013), or the annual field trip (Years 7-9). Further details regarding the cost of our optional hot lunch programme and transportation service are available from the school Administration.
A one-off capital development fee of CHF 2'000.- per child is charged upon entry to the school. A registration, enrolment and administration fee of CHF 500.- is applied every year.
Payment plans are available upon request.
Students applying to the British School of Geneva are required to complete an application form which can be found online or can be obtained by phoning + 41 22 795 75 10.
All students already attending school are required to provide a recent report from their current school, in English or French. Each application must also be accompanied by the completed health questionnaire.
Detailed entrance requirements by programme are available on our website or through consultation with the Principal. Some special needs can be catered for but these should be discussed in detail and in advance with the Principal.
Non-English mother-tongue students are welcome provided their level of English allows them to follow the curriculum effectively - we are a school for children of the world.
Applications for primary and secondary are accepted throughout the year although the allocation of places is subject to availability.
The British School of Geneva occupies a unique place on the landscape of private education in the Geneva region.
We offer a single and coherent curriculum leading to A-Levels in contrast to other schools with different curricula in the different sections. Core subjects are taught in English and we do not impose bilingual education on our students, though the French language is an important and compulsory part of our syllabus.
Our highly-qualified and experienced teachers achieve excellent results in our Primary, Secondary and A-Levels sections, challenging and guiding students through the English National programme. Accordingly, BSG is ideal for those coming from or returning to a British type educational system.
Today, BSG hosts children and young adults from over 40 nationalities who come together as classmates and friends. We are an international school and our students' lives are immeasurably enriched by sharing their histories and cultures during lessons and extra-curricular activities.
Importantly, one of our priorities is to manage enrolment and class sizes to ensure personalised attention and effective communication among school staff, children and their parents. At BSG, children thrive because they feel known, safe and empowered to grow intellectually and emotionally.
We are committed to providing excellent value in education. Our tuition fees compare very favourably to those of other private schools in the region, thus making BSG accessible to many families who wish to invest in their children's education and future.
We are proud to highlight that our alumni have been accepted in universities in the UK, Europe (including Switzerland), North America, Asia and Australia to study their subjects of choice.
If you would like a nurturing and child-centred alternative to the bigger schools, consider us.
Schedule a visit to see for yourself what makes us different. We look forward to welcoming you.
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