British International School


Initial School Site 1997-2003

BIS began as the International High School Belgrade, which was co-founded in 1997 by Aleksandra Keserovic, a local teacher and professional vocalist who received a Masters Degree in Musicology from the University of Belgrade, and the late Dr Jonathan Rider from California. Being the first international secondary school in Serbia based on the English language BIS was in the position to accommodate children of diplomatic corps, foreign business families, as well as local children interested in schooling in the English language and wanting to attend universities worldwide.

Throughout Serbias recent political history, IHSB successfully continued to operate and this led to increased growth as the economic and political climates developed. As a result the school moved to a new site in 2003, opened a Primary School and renamed itself as the British International School to reflect the emphasis and quality of the education we provide. In 2006 the Primary School moved into new larger premises next to the then current school, thus enabling us to open a Reception Class. As such BIS became able to accept students from 4 to 19 years old. This expansion enabled us to also facilitate the expansion of the Secondary school, as they occupied the old Primary school classrooms.

BIS Buildings 2003-08

The BIS Secondary campus recently moved into a former embassy building in Dedinje. Within our beautiful new campus students will continue to develop in line with the School's Mission Statement. This beautiful building offers a range of practical rooms to suit all our class sizes, and allows for a large Resource Centre, as well as two large computer rooms, and a smaller computer room.

In addition the BIS Primary campus is exceptionally suitable for the students, given its closed off environment with a large outdoor space. The size of the playground allows for a number of outdoor activities such as football, basketball, climbing frame, swings, seesaws and two pergolas for rest and/or group activities. During winter months students enjoy on-site swimming lessons with a professional swimming instructor. Both swimmers and non-swimmers improve quickly, as they receive full individual attention from the instructor. There are only 6-7 students in the pool per lesson.

Primary Building 2006

BIS is a Full Member of the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) and the Council of British International Schools (COBIS). BIS was the first school in Serbia to receive approval by the British Department for Education (formerly DfES) to teach the British National Curriculum (DfE No.6352). BIS has formal recognition from the University of Cambridge for the delivery of their International Examinations syllabi ( and is a registered Cambridge International Examinations Centre (EA011), as well as a Cambridge Primary Programme Centre. BIS is the sole Balkans operator for the International Award for Young People initiated by HRH Duke of Edinburgh.


BIS Building in Smetanina st.


BIS Building in Uzicka st.