Western Academy of Beijing (WAB)

Western Academy of Beijing (WAB) is a leading non-profit, independent IB World School. Founded in 1994, WAB prides itself on innovative teaching and learning, highly qualified educators, world-class facilities, a diverse community, an innovative and supportive environment, and service-oriented culture. Students are the focus of WAB’s learner-centered atmosphere and are encouraged to take their place as responsible citizens of the world.

Address: 10 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District. 朝阳区来广营东路10号
WeChat: WAB_Chat
Contact: 5986 5588, wabinfo@wab.edu
Web: www.wab.edu

Founding date: 1994
School type: International school
School hours: 8.30am-3.20pm
Ministry of Education accredited? Yes
Curriculum description: WAB is setting new standards for international education around the world through its Future of Learning initiative known as FLoW21. The school offers International Baccalaureate programs from Early Years through High School, including the Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme, and Diploma Programme. The Early Years curriculum is based on the Reggio Emilia approach to learning. The Swiss curriculum is available to students in Pre-K-Grade 2. We also offer a wide variety of flexible pathways to graduation, in which individual students can work with their parents, teachers, and counselors to create a program that fits their specific learning needs.

Age range: 3-18
Grades offered: Early Years-Grade 12
Number of students: 1,400
Foreign passport holder accepted? Yes
Local Chinese students accepted? No
Nationality of students: US, Greater China, Canada, Republic of Korea, Australia, and 47 more
Class size (average): 14 (Early Years), 22 (elementary to high school)
Teacher-student ratio: 1:8

Tuition and other fees:
• Early Years (3 years old, half day): RMB 116,300
• Early Years (3/4 years old, full day): RMB 195,600
• Kindergarten-Grade 1: RMB 232,700
• Grade 2–5: RMB 249,500
• Grade 6–8: RMB 264,000
• Grade 9–10: RMB 291,300
• Grade 11–12: RMB 298,900
• Transportation, PE Kits, after-school activities included in tuition

Primary teaching language(s): English
Other elective language(s): German, Danish, Dutch, French, Finnish, Swedish, Japanese, Chinese
After-school activities: WAB offers more than 400 after school activities through its dedicated WABX Department. Extensive athletic, artistic, academic and service activities are available to all students for free. Those include volleyball, soccer, badminton, rugby, soccer, baseball, choir, band, Chinese culture, literature, art, photography, speech and debate, global citizen projects, and more
Scholarships offered? Financial assistance available
Extra help offered? EAL, Learning Support and Mother Tongue Language Support available

Total area (in sqm): 99,900
Facilities: All six school buildings are equipped with air filtration systems that keep the daily average AQI at 1. WAB has four exclusive buildings for each school section – Early Childhood Center, Elementary, Middle, High School – and the HUB Sports, Arts, and Technology Center is a shared resource for Middle and High School students. Each school section has a well-equipped library. Students have access to a rock climbing wall, air-supported dome, indoor pool, several theaters, music studios, 3 gymnasiums, outdoor sports courts, FIFA/IRB certified sports field, fitness center, 7 unique dining spots/cafes
Lunch: Students purchase snacks and meals with a prepaid SmartCard. A range of Western, Chinese, and vegetarian meal options are available.
Lunch fee: RMB 13-28
Boarding program? No
Nurse/doctor available? Yes

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