About Us

About US

Welcome from the Head of School

Welcome to the Beijing City International School (BCIS) website. I hope it provides you with helpful information about our vibrant school community.

Our school’s mission is “to educate and empower students to be compassionate and inspired people, who act for the good of all and for the sustainable development of the world”. This has given rise to our school motto: “Empowering and inspiring through challenge and compassion”. We are a school that focuses on academic excellence and confidence building, while nurturing in our students a strong sense of social and environmental responsibility.


We celebrate the fact that each student is different, as a person and as a learner, and we aim to offer a personalized education specifically designed to stimulate the intellectual curiosity of each child.

BCIS is a not-for-profit, independent, co-educational day school. With the approval of the Education Committee of Chaoyang District, Beijing, BCIS acts as a pilot school offering education reform and innovation through international educational practices that incorporate 15 grades of schooling, from pre-school to grade 12. The school creatively and authentically implements the Chinese national curriculum through Early Childhood, the Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programmes, that are accredited and authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). BCIS adapts both progressive Chinese and international education philosophies, teaching pedagogies, management, and modern education strategies.

The school is also accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). As a member of the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS), the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS) and the International Schools Athletic Conference, Beijing-Tianjin (ISAC), the school is an active participant in various activities among the member schools and communities.

BCIS occupies a first class, purpose-built facility in Beijing’s central business district (CBD).

The warm and inclusive nature of our school culture is something we are particularly proud of and work hard to maintain. At the same time, we place great emphasis on rigorous academic inquiry, making extensive use of information technology in the classroom and having a balanced programme of curricular and co-curricular offerings.

Please enjoy exploring our website. Whether you are a prospective student, parent or teacher, I hope you find what you need to know about our school. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have, and if you are in the locality we would be delighted to welcome you and give you a tour of the campus. My office is located in the Elementary School lobby, so please call in.I look forward to meeting you in person and hope that you may join our BCIS community.

With warm regards,

Chris Akin

Head of School, BCIS