The Bermuda High School
About The Bermuda High School
The Bermuda High School is an all-girls school from Years 1-11 and Co-educational in the final two years when students strive for the International Baccalaureate Diploma.
The Primary Department comprises of Y1 - Y6, and from 2016, will include The Early Years Programme.
In the Primary Department, where the demands of external examinations are still in the future, students are offered a sound academic education in an environment that seeks to promote the development of self esteem through a sense of accomplishment. Our goals are to increase each student's knowledge, skills, experience and understanding, to encourage independent and creative thinking and to develop awareness of moral values.
Our students are encouraged to value their heritage and to appreciate that of others. They are expected to follow school rules, to behave courteously and to show consideration for the rights and opinions of others at all times. Parental support of these goals is essential, and we encourage communication between home and school as a means of ensuring that they are met.
The core curriculum is designed to meet the needs of the average to above average student. The normal developmental differences that occur in primary age students are addressed through differentiated activities based on the core curriculum. Specialist help for mild learning difficulties is available through the Reading Intervention Programme, but we do not have a programme for those with severe learning disabilities.
The Bermuda High School’s Secondary Department (Y7-11) offers an education that promotes intellectual inquiry; values creative and critical thinking; encourages communication and collaboration; enables every student to identify, value and build on her personal strengths; cultivates each individual’s leadership potential; and develops skilled, confident, compassionate young women who take responsibility for their own lives and enrich the lives of others. The core curriculum in the Secondary Department is designed to meet the needs of the average to above average student. Limited specialist help for mild learning disabilities is available, but we do not have a programme for those with severe learning disabilities.
In both the Primary and Secondary Departments, The Bermuda High School follows a modified UK National Curriculum (Years 1 – 9), and the GCSE and IGCSE curricula. Most students sit 9 I/GCSE examinations. BHS follows the Cambridge and Ed Excel syllabi. For the academic year 2014 / 2015, 93% of all GCSE/IGCSE grades received by BHS students were A*- C, with 15% of students receiving all A*s or A grades.
The Bermuda High School has been authorised to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma since 2000. The first IB students began classes in 2001 and took examinations in 2003 with 100% pass rate. Over the ensuing years we have expanded both in student intake and in our physical plant. Y12 and Y13 students are housed in their own IB Centre, situated to the north of the campus. Our pass rate remains above the world average at 80% and our average score year after year surpasses the worldwide average.
Since 2005, BHS has been a Round Square School. This provides a great opportunity for students and staff to be involved in global service projects, international conferences and exchanges. Round Square is based on the educational philosophy of Kurt Hahn which embraces the six IDEALS: internationalism, democracy, environment, adventure, leadership, and service. Hahn believed that the foremost task of education is to ensure the survival of the qualities of an undefeatable spirit, tenacity in pursuit, readiness for sensible self-denial and compassion. In November, 2014 BHS received accreditation by the Council of International Schools. It is the only school in Bermuda to do so, and it joins over 400 schools worldwide. In June 2015, The Bermuda High School received accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). NEASC member schools include many prestigious American schools such as Phillips Exeter Academy, The Hotchkiss School, Ethel Walker, Deerfield Academy, St. Andrew’s School and Miss Porter’s School. Accreditation by NEASC indicates that the member school has achieved high standards of professional performance and is committed to continuing improvement.
The Bermuda High School is located in the capital of Bermuda, Hamilton. Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory and is an archipelago of islands roughly 20 square miles with hot, humid summers, and mild winters with temperatures that rarely reach below 55F. Bermuda is between 2-3 hours by plane to many gateway cities in the United States, and is about 7 hours from London.