Western Academy of Beijing is a leading non-profit, independent IB World School. Founded in 1994, WAB prides itself on innovative and highly qualified teachers, world-class facilities, diverse community, warm 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.
Founding date: 1994
Age range: 3-18
Grades offered: Early Years to Grade 12
School type: International School
Total area (in square meters): 110,000
Curriculum description: International Baccalaureate programs from Early Years through High School, including the Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme, and Diploma Programme. Our Early Years curriculum is based on the Reggio Emilia approach to learning. The Swiss curriculum is available to students in Pre-K – Grade 2.
Boarding Program: No
Number of students: 1,400
Is the school accredited by the Ministry of Education? Yes
Foreign passport holders accepted? Yes
Local Chinese students accepted? No
Tuition fees (2016-2017 Academic Year):
• Application fee: RMB 2,100
• Early Years (3 years old, half day): RMB 107,000
• Early Years (3-4 years old, full day): RMB 180,000
• Grades K-1: RMB 214,000
• Grades 2-5: RMB 229,500
• Grades 6-8: RMB 243,500
• Grades 9-10: RMB 268,000
• Grades 11-12: RMB 275,000
• Transportation, PE Kits, After School Activities: Included in Tuition Fees
Lunch offered: Students purchase snacks and meals with a prepaid SmartCard. Range of Western, Chinese and vegetarian options catered by Aramark. Prices range from RMB13-28.
Nationality of students: US, South Korea, Canada, The Netherlands, Australia and 47 more countries.
Primary teaching language: English
Other languages taught as electives: German, Danish, Dutch, French, Finnish, Swedish, Japanese, Chinese
Average class size: Early Years: 14; Elementary to High School: 22
Average teacher/student ratio: 1:8
School hours: 8.30am-3.20pm
After-school activities: 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.
Extra help offered? EAL, Learning Support and Mother Tongue Language Support available
Scholarships offered? Financial assistance available
School 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.
School nurse or doctor available? Yes
Contact: 10 Laiguangying Donglu, Chaoyang District (5986 5588, firstname.lastname@example.org, WeChat: WAB_Chat) 来广营东路10号，朝阳区