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For 2018-19 academic year BIST offers a British International education to students from Foundation (Early Years) to Year 11. To be eligible for Reception Class, the child must be 3 by the 1st September of the current academic year. In September 2019 BIST plans to offer AS and A level programmes and examinations.
Students are placed primarily according to their age on 1st September of the current academic year (see the placement table in the Admissions Section). Although different countries have varying approaches to the age at which a child starts primary school, it is not feasible for BIST to place students according to the education regulations of their home country. We believe that it is important for children, both academically and socially, to be placed with their peers according to their age group, not according to how many years of previous schooling they may have had.
The tuition fee covers all normal academic expenses, including textbooks (except for Year 10 and Year 11), as well as lunch and an afternoon snack. Almost all of BIST’s extensive range of after-school activities are included in the tuition fee. Field trips and certain activities which take place off school campus (not compulsory) are paid for separately throughout the year. Parents provide the school uniform, appropriate clothing and shoes for Physical Education (PE) class and swim class, and also equip the student with a daily morning snack (for Foundation Year students, the morning snack is provided). Parents are responsible for providing their child's school supplies (some available for purchase at school). The school bus service is offered for an additional fee.
The school bus service is offered to students from Years 1-10 who live in the Tbilisi central area, for an additional fee. Foundation Year students who have an older sibling attending the school may also use the bus service. The cost covers pick-up and return fare per student at a designated bus stop. Please see the bus map on our website for detailed information on the routes. The service may be provided outside the central area, based on demand and availability, for an additional fee. Morning pick-up will begin at approximately 8.00am, depending on the route and location of the pick-up points. In the afternoons, buses will depart the school at 4.45pm, once after-school activities are completed. An earlier afternoon service (departing school at 3.30, immediately following the end of the academic day) may be offered to the Vake and Saburtalo areas, providing there is sufficient demand. Parents may choose either the earlier or later departure time at the beginning of the school year. BIST’s fleet of 10 30-seater buses are specifically designed to transport schoolchildren and are fitted accordingly with all of the appropriate safety requirements and features, including individual seatbelts, high padded seat backs, emergency exits, raised floors, fire extinguishers, first aid kits, and a 360° mirror for the driver. The buses also have flashing lights and an extendable 'stop' arm which are activated whenever a child is being picked up or dropped off. The bus manufacturers conducted tailored safety training for the bus drivers, including on how to operate the bus, how to use all the safety features and equipment, driving safety, safe drop-off and pick up techniques, emergency procedures, and bus maintenance. A bus monitor travels with the students on each bus, ensuring that students are safely picked up and dropped off, that all safety procedures are followed, and that parents can be contacted if required.
With over 32 different nationalities, BIST is very much an international school, and newly-arriving students have widely varying capacities in English. Our teachers are all experienced in teaching in international contexts where English is a second language for students. For younger students (Foundation Class to Year 1), the teachers and teaching assistants arrange targeted additional language support as required, and as they are fully immersed in the language (all instruction is entirely through English), students learn quickly. From Year 2 upwards, specialist English as an Additional Language (EAL) teachers work with individuals or small groups of children who need to develop their English competency.
BIST’s cafeteria offers a broad range of cuisines to cater to different tastes and expose students to different types of food, while ensuring that all food served is healthy, nutritious, and appropriate for young growing children. Students eat lunch at BIST’s panoramic Lake View Cafeteria, overlooking Lisi Lake, and are served their afternoon snack in the classroom to ensure they have adequate time to change and prepare for after-school activities. Lunch comprises of soup, fresh vegetables and salads, and full hot meals. Afternoon snacks might include fresh fruit and sandwiches. All food prepared by BIST’s cafeteria is locally-purchased, stored according to the highest health and safety standards, and served fresh to the students.
Parents are requested to provide the uniform themselves, while BIST sells the school crest/badge, which is sewn or ironed onto the outer garments. The uniform consists of a light blue shirt or t-shirt, a navy blue jumper or cardigan, and a navy blue skirt, shorts, or trousers. Year 7 students and above may optionally wear a navy blue blazer in lieu of a jumper/cardigan if they wish. Students are expected to wear the school uniform at all times, unless otherwise indicated by the teacher or administration for special events or field trips. BIST does not sell uniforms however, we are partnering with a uniform vendor to facilitate purchase for parents.
To assist parents, BIST organises a standard stationary pack for each class, based on the type of materials required at each level (specific mathematics and literacy notebooks, reading journals, art pads, whiteboard markers, etc). Each teacher advises parents at the beginning of the academic year which additional stationary items should be supplied. BIST minimises the use of textbooks to the extent possible, preferring instead to utilise a broad range of teaching and learning resources acquired from a variety of sources. The exception is mathematics textbooks, which are provided by the school, and guided readers at all levels, which are available from the school library and from individual classes. Year 10 books have an additional cost and must be purchased in advance.