BIST was founded in 2012 by a group of British families and Tunisian investors. Since starting as a small school it now operates from Nursery to Year 11 and will offer A Levels in 2021.
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Education in Tunisia has continually evolved since the North African state declared independence from France in 1956, even though the system is still based upon the French model.
School is compulsory and free from the ages of 6 to 16, with the vast majority of students attending state schools. There are six years of primary education and three years of preparatory (upper secondary) education.
At the end of the nine years, students sit for examen national de fin d’Études de l’enseignement de base, success in which leads to the Diplôme de Fin d’Études de l’Enseignement.
The four years of secondary education are open to all holders of Diplôme de Fin d'etudes de l’Enseignement de Base where the students focus on entering university level or join the workforce after completion. The Enseignement secondary is divided into two stages: general academic and specialized.
Classical Arabic is the official language. French is Tunisia's second language, and English is third (it is taught in schools from seventh grade).
Since the Tunisian Revolution in 2010 and increasing public distrust in the government, there has been a marked growth of independent schools, which in turn has led to a number of international schools, including the British International School of Tunis, which was founded in 2012.
There are two schools that offer the International Baccalaureate: École Canadienne de Tunis (PYP and MYP) and the American Cooperative School of Tunis (Diploma).
The growth in the education sector has also spread to higher education, where the number of public and private institution is now more than 300 and the student body has grown from just 17,000 in 1975 to more than 500,000 today.