For over a decade, enhancing academic rigor in the secondary program has been a primary objective at Baku International School (BIS). Along with doubling the number of secondary teaching staff during this period, we have created a culture which demands excellence from our students. We are very pleased that BIS will begin offering the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) Capstone Diploma, joining a little more than 100 international schools around the world which are part of the program. Both College Board’s external examinations and our U.S.-based accreditation through Middle States Association serve as important indicators of our high standards.

Today, almost all of our secondary students take AP courses as a part of their program of studies, with many beginning these courses as early as Secondary I. In 2018-19, 27 students, including 94% of our Secondary III and IV classes, took part in 13 different AP courses. Being held to exacting standards through both the QSI curriculum and the AP-course requirements has helped to ensure that our students are prepared for elite university educations.

Our students have received acceptance to some of the top universities in the world, including:

Columbia University

Stanford University

Middleberry College

University College London

King’s College London

Imperial College London

Rutgers University

Koç University

University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA)

Syracuse University

University of British Columbia (UBC)

Boston University

University of Pennsylvania (UPenn)

New York University (NYU)

Ecole hôtelère de Lausanne (EHL)

University of Edinburgh

York University

University of York