Principal’s Message

Welcome to Bombay International School, a school started in the year 1962 with a commitment to excellence in education.

BIS was started as a dream – a dream envisioned by our Founder Members, who were a group of parents aspiring towards a liberal secular education for their own and other children in the city. BIS is a small school with a large vision. Education at BIS goes beyond the letters in the page of a textbook, and students emerge as confident young individuals, ready to face the challenges of the 21st century. We inspire our students to question and learn by doing, we give them the skills, courage, optimism and integrity to pursue their own dreams. In doing so, our students develop into confident, creative and caring adults who pursue interesting and challenging careers.

Learning takes many forms at BIS. Each student achieves his or her own potential in the classroom, gymnasium, art room, sports field or on the stage. Being a small school, there are several opportunities for each individual to explore and hone their unique talents. We encourage all our students to persevere, participate and take responsibility for their own development. Through the years at BIS our students are happy to come to school, as each day is an adventure, with something new and exciting to engage them.

Our excellent results at the IGCSE and IB Board examinations bear testimony to the excellence of the teaching staff who create a challenging and stimulating learning environment. This helps our students get a good grounding for their further education.  Consequently, their undergraduate college placements are impressive. Our recent graduates attend, and have often received scholarships from, top universities like Stanford, Columbia, Cornell and Brown; Imperial College, London; UBC and McGill in Canada. Early decision acceptances for August 2017 have included Harvard and U.Penn. Students who chose to remain in India study at a variety of institutes including St. Xavier’s College, HR College, Jai Hind and ISDI Parsons in Mumbai, and Ashoka University, Gurgaon.

The BIS Board consists entirely of parents, holding two-year terms, and the Principal. Parents support the school in a number of ways — both informally, and through a variety of Committees in critical areas like infrastructure, food, transport, IT, sports and library. They work alongside teachers, students and administrators to foster a caring and collaborative community striving to make a difference.

BIS believes there is no contradiction between learning and fun, joy and the pursuit of excellence, the global and the local, and between respecting tradition and embracing change.

I am honoured to be the Principal of BIS.


Dr. Cyrus Vakil
Bombay International School