Is the Baton Rouge International School a private, public or charter school?
Baton Rouge International School (BRIS) is an independent, non-profit American school. BRIS accepts students from various cultural and religious backgrounds and is proud of its open-minded and diverse international community. BRIS is also involved in many community outreach programs that support immediate local charitable needs.
Who attends the Baton Rouge International School?
BRIS draws students from a variety of socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. Many of the BRIS families represent long-time Baton Rouge residents. Other families have relocated to Baton Rouge in recent years. The common thread among these families is a belief in international education and a realization of the tremendous advantages it provides to their children's future. BRIS does not have a testing protocol to select only top-tier children. We believe that all hard-working students with the desire to learn in this unique setting are capable of succeeding at BRIS.
What grade levels does BRIS teach?
We offer instruction for children six weeks of age through 12th grade. BRIS graduates receive an American High School Diploma with Advanced Placement (AP) in addition to the highly esteemed International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB).
What is the class size?
There is a reasonable number of students in each class to ensure the quality of the program. Our low student-teacher ratio allows close individual attention and personalized learning.
Can my student enroll at any time during his/her education? Or do they have to attend the school beginning at pre-school or kindergarten?
It is recommended that students begin at BRIS in the early immersion program (ELIC) if they are not potty-trained, and in preschool/prekindergarten if they are potty trained. We highly recommend that students start no later than kindergarten.
However, BRIS is now able to integrate students at any grade level without prior foreign language knowledge as long as they meet the BRIS academic requirements. BRIS offers a personalized education in a positive learning environment.
BRIS middle/high school programs are currently experiencing exponential growth due to many students looking for challenging educational options. For further details, please call the Admissions Office at 225.293.4338.
What curriculum does BRIS follow?
The Baton Rouge International School offers a rigorous academic curriculum in a multilingual learning environment, which includes English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese. The curriculum is based upon the best educational practices in Europe and in the United States. Students are taught intellectual discipline, respect, work habits and ethics, autonomy and responsibility in a safe and nurturing environment. (See curriculum information).
Baton Rouge International School is a World School.
What does this mean?
The Baton Rouge International School is accredited by the International Baccalaureate (IB) to deliver the IB MYP and IB DP Programmes. BRIS is also approved by the BESE and the Louisiana Department of Education. In addition, BRIS is a full member of many professional/educational organizations in the United States and abroad. The IBO is an international nonprofit educational foundation developed to offer challenging programs to students aged 3 to 19 years. Founded in 1968, the IBO currently works with 3,845 schools in 148 countries.
Does the Baton Rouge International School offer any extracurricular activities? (Clubs, sports, etc.)
BRIS students have the opportunity to get involved in a variety of activities including recreational and competitive soccer, chess, karate, tennis, golf, basketball, violin, piano, girl scouts/boy scouts and more. BRIS solidifies educational learning in the classroom through extracurricular activities and Cultural Exchange Programs. BRIS students have the opportunity to travel and live with host families in several countries especially those of the targeted languages of study.
Does the Baton Rouge International School offer financial aid / assistance?
BRIS offers financial aid advice and is planning to establish a Scholarship Fund through the BRIS Foundation to help underprivileged children in the area attend this unique program. Individual and corporate sponsors are needed to implement this worthy initiative.
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