(1) BIBA is an international school that prides itself in offering a learning enviroment that combines the best of East and West education. Many of our students grow to become not only competent, globally minded young people, but also truly bilingual thanks to our programs and our culture.
(2) Our fees are affordable in comparison to other international schools.
(3) BIBA has permission to accept Chinese citizens.
2. What are the enrollment procedures?
(1) Come and visit us.
(2) Complete student testing and assessment.
(3) Submit required documents such as passport copies, report cards etc once the candidate is accepted. (see our website for details).
(4) Submit fee payment to secure a position.
*You can find more details in our web page on admission procedure.
3. Can students register at any time during the school year?
It is best for students to start at the beginning of the year in August as they can understand the classroom procedures and easily make new friends. However, due to the migrant nature of the international community, we often have students joining us throughout the year.
4. What are the class sizes at BIBA?
As a general rule, we aim to keep class size at the following:.
ECC2 – ECC4 – 16 students/class
KG – G11 – 20 students/class
When there are special circumstances such as returning students from overseas or teacher’s child, we might increase the class size to 18 and 22 for ECC2-ECC4 and KG-G11 respectively before we consider creating an additional class.
5. How are classed divided?
Students across one grade level are divided into classes based on a number of factors such as language ability (English and Chinese), personality, gender and nationality. We try to make the classes as evenly mixed as possible. Class placement is being done every year.
6. What is the nationality mix at BIBA?
Our students come from 30 different countries such as China , U.S.A., Canada，Korea , Australia, Italy, Malaysia, Spain, Germany, UK, Russia, Czech Republic, New Zealand, Singapore, Belgium, Chile, Denmark, Pakistan, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
7. What are the school hours?
Monday to Friday 08:05 – 15:40
If students elect to participate in After-School-Activities (ASAs) which take place on Monday through Thursday for a number of weeks during each semester, they will remain at school until 16:45 on those days. School buses are available for those who normally take school bus home.
8. What are the percentages of English and Chinese teaching at BIBA?
In ECC, the program is 50% English and 50% Chinese.
From KG to Grade 5, the program is 70% English and 30% Chinese.
From Grade 6, to 8 the program is 80% English and 20% Chinese.
From Grade 9, to 11 the program is 86% English and 14% Chinese.
The gradual increse in the percentage of English teaching is needed because we are preparing our students for international high school and/or university admission.
9. Can my child come if they have no English skills?
This depends on the child’s entry point. ECC has no specific language standard requirement. All applicants for elementary to high school must pass an entrance exam in order to be admitted.
In Elementary School (KG-G5), 70% of the lesson time is spent with a foreign teacher and it can be difficult for students with no English. However, we do have ESOL programs at different levels in elementary school.
10. If both parents and the child do not speak English can they come to BIBA?
BIBA is an international school and our Western Home Room teachers do not necessarily speak Chinese. They communicate frequently with parents via e-mail on homework and other updates. If parents do not read or speak English, they need to have someone to help them read the teacher’s emails and possibly help their child with the homework.
11. Where are most of the BIBA teachers from?
BIBA teachers come from from a wide range of countries and have teaching experience. This helps build a truly international environment for our students. The majority of our teachers are from the US, Canada & the UK; we also have teachers from Australia, Chile, Sweden, El Salvador, Mexico, India, Pakistan and China.
12. How long do western teachers stay at BIBA?
Western teachers are employed on 2-year contracts. However, many stay for much longer by mutual agreement. Some of our teachers have been here for over 5 years.
13. Does BIBA offer any discounts on tuition fees?
Families with 2 or more children may apply for the sibling discount (see webpage Tuition Fees for fee information.
14. Does BIBA have boarding facilities?
BIBA accepts day students only.
15. Where are the school bus stops?
BIBA buses services residential areas in Shunyi, Wangjing and many other places in town, click here to see the bus stops.
16. Does BIBA organize field trips?
All classes enjoy several field trips throughout the year. Normally these are linked to a particular area of study e.g. Science, Social Studies, but it is also our objective for students and staff to have some fun together outside of the school environment. Classes from Grade 4 upwards also have the opportunity to join a residential excursion each Spring. Accompanied by BIBA staff, students spend 2-4 days taking part in professionally run camps which organize team building exercises, competitions, physical challenges etc. Such camps are part of our holistic education program which helps build character, independence, organizational and teambuilding skills.
17. How about Sports in BIBA?
Many different kinds of sports are played as part of the BIBA’s PE curriculum. BIBA is currently a member of junior ISAC, ISAC and ACAMIS. With the membership, our soccer, handball and baseball and many other school teams often take part in sporting competitions with other international schools in Beijing.
18. How do I know if my child's academic standard is where it would be if he/she was studying in the USA?
Once per year, we do standardized testing to find out how BIBA students rank when compared to students in the USA. Most of our students consistently meet or surpass the requirements, so we know that we are delivering to the same standards. We also participate very actively in an international English reading program called “Accelerated Reader” which clearly shows where our students rank in comparison to students of the same grade level in the USA.
19. How does BIBA divide its school year?
BIBA’s school year consists two semesters, separated by the Chinese New Year. The first semester usually starts around late August and ends before the Chinese New Year break. The second semester starts after the Chinese New Year break and ends in late June. Our major breaks are: Christmas, Chinese New Year, and summer break. We also observe traditional Chinese public holidays.
20. If the student has a special interest in music, can the school help?
BIBA is fortunate to have teachers who are very passionate about music and art. Some of them perform themselves in their spare time and also coach students via After-School-Activities such as Show Choir, Concert Band and Pop Bands. BIBA’s Pop Band often performs at community events and brings forth new talent from our students year on year! BIBA is also the host Shunyi school for the International Piano Academy of China and we have many talented student pianists among our student body.