Accreditations / Affiliations
As a school with the Mission to educate young women to the highest international standards, it is important for us to compete on a global scale. Not only are we an International Baccalaureate School, and a Global Round Square Member, but we are also accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS), the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and are a member of the International Coalition of Girls' Schools (ICGS). These associations ensure that we provide the best education to our students.
In November, 2014 BHS received accreditation by the Council of International Schools, joining over 400 schools worldwide. Schools that are CIS accredited have demonstrated their dedication to providing a high quality education in an international context. They demonstrate a commitment to inspiring excellence in their students as well as developing the whole individual. They also foster, and model, self-evaluation and self-improvement. Colleges and universities worldwide acknowledge that CIS Accredited schools develop the standards and the qualities they seek in their students.
On February 2nd, 2023, the School announced that they had been successful in acquiring re-accreditation with the Council of International Schools (CIS) and The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) with immediate effect. In the letter announcing the award of the CIS International Accreditation, the Director of the School Evaluation referred to the many strengths of the School, which should be celebrated by the school community. In particular, he noted,The award of CIS accreditation recognizes your school’s commitment to student well-being and high-quality learning and teaching as well as to global citizenship and intercultural learning
In June 2015, The Bermuda High School received accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), joining 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. In the final report, specific strengths highlighted included the teachers’ ongoing nurturing of their students, the students’ impressive demeanour, the school's celebration of student effort and success, the school's active role in supporting many community initiatives, and the effective programmes and activities which complement the formal curriculum in support of the BHS Guiding Statements. In their re-accreditation evaluation, the NEASC Director commented on the, “strength of our revised BHS Guiding Statements and our steadfast commitment to preparing global citizens to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.
Round Square is a global network of 200 innovative schools, in 50 countries and on six continents, that share a passion for experiential learning and character education. Based around the six IDEALS of Internationalism, Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, Leadership and Service, membership in the Round Square network offers schools a framework for excellence and continuous improvement, collaborative opportunities and shared experiences with like-minded peers from around the world.
BHS became a Global member of the Round Square organisation in 2005, following an extensive external assessment, and is the only school in Bermuda to offer its students access to this internationally acclaimed programme.
The Award is a global framework for non-formal education and learning, which challenges young people to dream big, celebrate their achievements and make a difference in their world. Through developing transferable skills, increasing their fitness levels, cultivating a sense of adventure and volunteering in their community, the Award helps young people to find their purpose, passion and place in the world.
With the most established and successful IB programme in Bermuda, the IB Advantage at BHS is clear. Our highly experienced IB teachers offer a personalised approach to every student’s education – ensuring that your children will fulfil, and exceed, their potential. Since the incepetion of the programme in 2000, IB graduates at BHS have consistently scored above the worldwide average.
The International Coalition of Girls’ Schools is the leading advocate for girls’ schools, connecting and collaborating globally with individuals, schools, and organisations dedicated to educating and empowering girls. As a member school, BHS has access to research on issues of importance to girls' education, professional development opportunities and networking and connections with other member schools.