Baku - Post Report Question and Answers

What is the availability of international schools? What has been your general experience with them, if any?

BIS is the American school and growing in numbers and popularity. People seem quite pleased these days. Kids 12 and up would likely still prefer TISA still (British/IB school) for sports. - Sep 2023

There are a few to choose from: TISA, BIS, French School, British School, Oxford School, European International School. They are typical to most other international schools... a little more relaxed than public schools in the U.S. and much more internationally minded. - Aug 2023

I think there are some but I can't speak to this much. - Jun 2023

TISA and BIS are the two most popular schools. They are both pretty good. - Jun 2021

Lots of good quality schools available. BIS and TISA are the big two, but there are others. People seem to like both. The Community Liaison Office (CLO) collects parent feedback, so ask a CLO staff member. - Jan 2019

Most children go to either TISA or BIS. Both schools are great, but parents seem a tiny bit happier with BIS. TISA is a lot bigger than BIS and is right next to the Stonepay compound where many oil people and other diplomats live. It can be a little bit cliquish from what I’ve heard. - Jul 2018

The International School of Azerbaijan (TISA) and Baku International School (BIS) are the most popular English-language schools. My friends with kids say these schools, particularly for high school, are great, but I don't have kids myself. There are other schooling options, too. - May 2018

There are two schools that embassy kids go to. One is owned and operated by British Petroleum and is an IB school. It is on the outskirts of town and located within a gated community of mostly oil expat families, with an increasing number of embassy families. The other school is a QSI school located closer to the center of the city. I've heard great things about both schools. My children attend the American school and I have subbed there, as well. I have been very happy with most of the staff there and any problems I did have were addressed to my satisfaction. It is obvious that this school is going through some growing pains and has been under construction for several years. I believe the construction will be complete by the end of 2018 school year. - Mar 2017

TISA is fine, not great, but fine. My kids both enjoy school there. I have heard people are happy with BIS also. - Jul 2015

There are two schools, BIS, a QIS school with a rather old and crumbling structure. The other, TISA, is an IB school in a western-style neighborhood with nicer facilities. I homeschool, so I can't speak for the quality, but most people I know are happy with them. - Jan 2013

I have no children. But, there are three schools: TISA, BIS, & OXFORD British school. All are good from what I hear. - Dec 2011

There are two schools (BIS and TISA), and both have a good reputation among parents. - Sep 2010

There are two schools, and parents happy with both. TISA is bigger and BP sponsored. It follows the IB system at all grade levels. BIS follows the American curriculum, but only younger kids seem to go there. - Aug 2010

Our children attend BIS which is a QSI school and they love it. TISA is also another option. It really depends which part of the city you live in. - Oct 2009

They are ok. I am told not the best for high school. They seem pretty good for pre-school, elementary, middle school. the British school is very expensive though if you are not being re-imbursed for it. - Nov 2008

BIS and TISA. No personal experience. - Sep 2008

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