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BCIS In Focus - April 2016

Dear Parents, Colleagues, and Friends of BCIS,

High-performing schools are always examining their practice, realizing that reflection is critical to the sustainability and advancement of the school’s mission and educational program. BCIS is consistently engaged in review and attendant conversation focused on our alignment with our mission and our educational program. It is a critical practice for a school, essential, in fact, if we are to remain viable.



In educational circles both East and West, there is an active, impassioned, and informed dialogue designed to define the essence of a healthy and vibrant school culture. A central point of agreement among these educators states that without a healthy school culture, no school will be able to achieve optimum potential. There is also general agreement on what constitutes a healthy school culture with the following practices being ingrained in that school.

  • The school has reasonably clear and accepted goals
  • Communication is defined as being transparent, clear, and regular
  • All members of the greater school community are encouraged to participate in advancing the best interests of the school
  • The school is aware of the myriad of resources, both human and material at its disposal and attempts to use these resources effectively and efficiently
  • There is a symbiotic relationship between and among the school’s various constituencies that cultivates and nurtures a sense of common purpose and interdependence
  • Staff feels valued and respected as important contributors to the school’s mission and programs.
  • There is a delicate balance between the integrity of past and present practice juxtaposed with an encouragement to be innovative in one’s thinking and practice
  • There is a well delineated and codified educational program, instructional practice, and course syllabus for every grade level and content area, with a healthy dose of autonomy designed to promote individual competence and a concern for the greater good of the school
  • Anticipating challenges and treating them as opportunities to improve defines the school’s approach to problem-solving and to becoming an even stronger school

In essence, a high-performing school has established structures and protocols for identifying challenges, for developing a range of possible solutions, for determining and implementing the most viable solutions, and for assessing their effectiveness. High-performing schools are always in pursuit of excellence. True excellence is always elusive and this is a good thing as it leverages the best of the school’s resources in support of that prize, excellence! 

The core beliefs and practices of a healthy school culture are absolutely critical to this dynamic. At BCIS, we are cognizant of this dynamic and dedicated to the ongoing cultivation, nurturing and sustainability of a healthy school culture.


Ted Sharp
Head of School
Superintendent of YCE


BCIS is accredited by the CIS (Council of International Schools) and WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), which demonstrates that the school meets demanding international standards in all the areas of philosophy and objectives, curriculum, governance and management, staff, student support services, resources, and student and community life.Visit www.cois.org and www.acswasc.org for more information.

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation, motivated by its mission, focused on the student. The three programmes for students aged 3 to 19 help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. Founded in 1968, IBO currently works with 2,771 schools in 138 countries to develop and offer three challenging programmes to over 763,000 students aged 3 to 19 years.Visit www.ibo.org for more information.

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