Beijing BISS International School (BISS) (simplified Chinese: 北京BISS国际学校; traditional Chinese: 北京BISS國際學校; pinyin: Běijīng BISS Guójì Xuéxiào) is an independent co-educational English-language day school located in Chaoyang District, Beijing, People’s Republic of China.
Founded in 1994, BISS provides instruction for kindergarten to grade 12 students from the expatriate community of Beijing, using all three International Baccalaureate (IB) programs: the Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and the Diploma Programme. As of 2012, 340 students from 40 different nationalities attend the school.
Luo Wangshu of Xinhua (printed in the Shanghai Daily) has reported that the school “has a reputation for providing high-quality education, with its graduates having been accepted by top universities, such as Harvard and Columbia.”
Beijing BISS International School was founded in 1994 by its sister school, the International School Singapore (ISS), as an independent proprietary, co-educational, English-language day school offering an international curriculum for Kindergarten – grade 12 students from the expatriate community of Beijing.
BISS was the first International School licensed by The Beijing Educational Commission, and the first school in Beijing to offer all three IB programs.
In 2018 the school encountered a temporary closure, citing financial issues, and teachers went on strike as they failed to receive their wages in a timely manner. In response to ongoing non-payment of staff salaries and entitlements BISS teachers went on strike on September 20, 2018. Some current and former staff are owed as much as 120,000 yuan. Teachers wrote parents a letter stating that “Faculty contracts have not been honored and wages, health insurance. and housing allowances have not been paid”. The Head of School, Mr. Randal Eplin then sent an email to staff stating that the school would be closed the next 2 school days for “internal business reasons”. He also wrote “During this time the business office staff will work with the owner of BISS (Mr. Elvis Tan) to bring stability to the financial challenges that the school is facing.
The school’s 11,000 square meter campus is located near major expatriate residential areas in central Beijing, just off the North Third Ring Road. The campus is close to central Beijing, the Asian Games Village and the Olympic Stadium, the Bird Nest.
The main building holds more than thirty classrooms, a central library, music, drama and art studios, science labs, design and technology lab, multi-purpose auditorium, cafeteria and administration offices. There is a five aside football (soccer) pitch with a newly constructed multi-sport dome for badminton, volleyball and basketball. Air purifiers are installed in every hallway of the building.
- Authorized by the International Baccalaureate (IB): BISS was the first school in Beijing and one of the first in China to be authorized to offer all three IB programs
- Accredited by the National Centre for School Curriculum and Textbook Development (NCCT)
- Licensed by the Beijing Education Commission
- Member of the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools
- Member of the East Asia Regional Council of Schools
BISS provides instruction for kindergarten to grade 12 students from the expatriate community of Beijing. As of 2012, 340 students from 40 different nationalities attend the school.