The The British International School, Cairo is a private, non-profit making organization authorized by the Ministry of Social Affairs situated in Zamalek, a residential area close to the centre of the city. It was established in 1976 to provide educational facilities based on a British curriculum and educational principles, and to satisfy the needs of expatriate British and Anglo-Egyptians, citizens of Commonwealth and other countries with British-based education systems, and the children of the English-speaking Egyptian community.
The student body is made of 25% British and the rest represents approximately 50 other nationalities. Student ages enrolled at the school ranges from 3 (Nursery) to 18 years old in the Upper Sixth. The academic school year starts in September and finishes at the end of June with holidays including normal Christian and Muslim feasts in between.
Admission to the Primary School is by selection tests and in the Senior School there is the need to assess the potential to embark on GCSE and International Baccalaureate courses.
The school has a five floor building complete with modernized facilities with the upward extension housing the Primary classes. It has state-of-the-art laboratories, music center, well-stocked libraries, resource center and specialist rooms. In 1996, an IT department plus an additional library and other specialist facilities were constructed to accommodate the increasing enrollment. There are also two gymnasia and two astro-turf areas in the school complex, but the sporting facilities of the Gezira Sporting Club are used extensively by the physical education department. Extra-curricular activities are also offered. The school uses the National Nature Reserve at Ras Mohammed for environmental studies.