Washington International School (WIS) is a coeducational independent school (private school) offering 900+ students a challenging international curriculum and rich language program from Preschool through Grade 12.
Students in Preschool through Grade 5 follow the inquiry-based international Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) in a language immersion (Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten) and dual-language (Grades 1-5) framework; in Grades 6-10 they continue with a multidisciplinary and inquiry-based approach designed to enhance understanding and develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the prestigious IB Diploma Program, the curriculum for all students in Grades 11 and 12.
In addition to their academic studies in mathematics, science, language, literature, social sciences and the arts, students learn how to be engaged global citizens. An active sports schedule, community service in Washington, DC and elsewhere, and travel programs for study and for fun take our students out into the world, while on campus they are involved in theater and music, art, journalism, debate and many other activities.
The mission of Washington International School is to provide a demanding international education that will challenge students to become responsible and effective world citizens.
Washington International School introduces students to the world's cultural heritage through a rigorous curriculum, international in its approach to people, knowledge, values, and skills. Commitment to intensive language learning is fundamental to the program.
Washington International School believes that global citizenship requires engagement with diverse cultural perspectives. The School strives to instill in students a commitment to active service and a sense of responsibility for local, national, and world communities.
Washington International School encourages individual self-discovery and self-expression that values honesty and civility among all members of the community.
Our faculty, staff, students and parents represent over 90 countries (30 for the faculty alone). We are committed to providing extensive opportunities for faculty professional development, including partnership with Harvard's Project Zero, which creates communities of reflective, independent learners; to enhance understanding amount different disciplines, and to promote critical and creative thinking.