NCBIS, a not-for-profit NGO, is a leading British International School in Cairo and was the first in Cairo to gain full accreditation from the Council of International Schools (CIS). NCBIS is an IB World School, an Executive Member of COBIS and a member of BSME. It was inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) in 2012 and another inspection will take place in 2018.
Currently there are over 60 nationalities at NCBIS, with English the teaching and playground language, and by statute, they must maintain an overall ratio of 62% expatriate children to 38% Egyptian/dual national pupils, unlike most schools in Cairo. This sets them aside as a truly international school and provides a wonderful opportunity for international mindedness within the classroom. Class sizes could reach a potential 24 pupils in Primary School in some year groups, but our aim is for a maximum of 22.
Founded in 1978 for the purpose of educating English speaking foreigners, NCBIS has grown in size and changed site but remains proud of its sense of community. While the present school site can accommodate more students, the Board of Directors made a strategic decision to limit the school enrolment to 815 students in order to maintain a safe and spacious school environment.
NCBIS strives to provide a holistic education based on the types of learning which are important for students in the 21st century.
The Primary School is non-selective with 355 students on roll, catering for learners from Nursery (aged 3-4yrs) to Year 6 (aged 10-11 yrs), providing them with a transdisciplinary education.
NCBIS are an IB Primary Years Programme school and deliver the English National Curriculum through an inquiry based approach. At NCBIS, pupils can experience the joys and challenges of learning, as teachers guide them to develop skills and attitudes essential for their future. Creativity and curiosity are fostered as expanding minds wonder, question, and eagerly tackle new challenges.
Generally small class sizes allow the well trained, professional teachers and teaching assistants to focus on individual student needs. Children experience active, well supported and resourced lessons often driven by their own questions. Classes have regular opportunities for outdoor learning as well as educational visits to locations around Cairo. NCBIS also attach great importance to the thriving extra-curricular programme which engages students in sport, the arts and service activities.
The school is well resourced and has very good facilities. It is located within a secure walled campus, at the heart of the quiet residential suburb of New Cairo.
The Primary School and the Dutch stream share the main Primary building, housing 21 classrooms, a library resource centre and additional Learning Support bases.
The NCBIS mission is:
To provide a learning environment that supports academic achievement whilst promoting personal growth through the attributes of the IB Learner profile, within a caring international community committed to the traditional values of honesty, courtesy, respect, integrity and fair play.
Vision Statement – in 2021 NCBIS is
An international school of renown that provides an education of excellence by which students are prepared for a rapidly changing world where skills, values, attitudes and attributes are as important as knowledge. This education enables students to fulfill their academic, sporting and artistic potential and develop a positive and creative mindset that enables them to achieve success at school and in later life. This is achieved in a happy atmosphere and safe and stimulating physical environment that is conducive to academic learning as well as personal and social growth. NCBIS will continue to be celebrated for its warm and caring ethos and its positive contribution to a sustainable and just world.
NCBIS is guided in all its actions and decisions by its commitment to:
- Providing quality education in a safe, secure and caring
- Ensuring choice and challenge both within the curriculum and the extra-curricular programmes.
- Promoting academic and personal achievement.
- Inspiring intellectual curiosity, critical thinking and enthusiasm for learning.
- Developing each student’s unique talents to help them achieve their potential.
- Maintaining an internationally diverse community of openminded people.
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