Washington International School
National,US, IB, curricula.
830 students, 3-19 yrs.
3100 Macomb Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20008, USA
Tel: (+1) 202 243 1800 Fax: (+1) 202 243 1808
The Washington International School (WIS) is a selective, co-educational
day school for students in Pre-Kindergarten through high school.
WIS is one of the first schools in the world to have an authorized
IB curriculum from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12: IB Primary
Years Program (PYP) for students from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade
5, IB Middle Years Program (MYP) in Grades 6-10, and the IB Diploma
Program in Grades 11-12. The curriculum is internationally focused,
with students taking English and one other language (French, Spanish,
or Dutch), plus world history, geography, mathematics, sciences,
fine arts, information technology, and physical education. Students
who are proficient in French or Spanish follow a bilingual program
to age 13 and also select a third language.
The Washington International School (WIS) Faculty members represent
30 countries and bring teaching experience from around the world;
60% have earned advanced degrees. The average length of stay for
teachers is six years. The 828 students and their parents represent
some 90 countries; roughly 35% are from families where both parents
are American; 65% hold US citizenship. Virtually all graduates go
on to university study. Eighty-three percent of the 2003 graduates
attended WIS for at least four years.
The The Washington International School (WIS) facilities include
nine buildings on two campuses. The Middle and Upper School campus
has a new arts and athletics center, an auditorium, seven science
labs, two computer rooms, a soccer field, an outdoor basketball
court, and other recreational space. The primary campus, completed
in 1998, features all new construction, a gymnasium, and a playing
field. The campuses are fully networked and each has an information
The Washington International School (WIS) hours are 08:45-11:45
(half-day, pre-kindergarten); 08:45-15:00 (full-day, pre-kindergarten
and kindergarten), 08:30-15:25 (grades 1-5) and 08:15-14:50 (grades
6-12) from September to June, with a three-week winter recess and
a spring break in the final week of March. Activities include interscholastic
soccer, basketball, tennis, track, volleyball, softball, annual
debate and public speaking contests, as well as strong musical and
dramatic productions. Student publications include yearbook, newspaper
and literary magazine.
Admission to The Washington International School (WIS) is competitive
and is based on academic record, recommendations, and the results
of entrance exams. Candidates should be academically able and motivated
and, at the upper levels, demonstrate the background and ability
to undertake a full IB Diploma Program in the last two years.