The House System

At The British International School of New York, the House System forms an integral and very popular part of our school and provides a sense of belonging and community for all from the very outset.

Our House system offers the opportunity for our students to meet and socialize with students in other age groups and classes and encourages students to share experiences in a supportive environment. 

House meetings are held regularly for the students, in which key issues are discussed and feedback is shared. Initiatives including offering 'Reading Buddies' across the year groups and competitive games between the houses are designed to encourage maximum participation and comradeship within each house.

In the House system, students participate in cooperative competitions to earn points for their house. Partnered with the Community Outreach Committee, the houses work together to help their House Charities: Glennie for Pencils of Promise, Shakespeare for Right to Play, and King for Thirst Project. Inter-house sporting competitions every half-term highlight students' aptitude for teamwork, their sportsmanship and camaraderie.

We are extremely proud of the positive contribution that the House System brings to the school experience and identity for each of our students and we know it effectively prepares them to work productively as part of a group, increases their sense of belonging, and encourages parameters of positive competition.

House Mission Statement

BIS-NY’s house system is an inclusive and collaborative community designed to strengthen our identity through coopertition* during community service, academic, creative, and athletic pursuits.  

*Coopertition: a combination of competition and cooperation.  It is the idea that teams help each other in the face of competition and although you’re competing you assist and help others along the way.