The WAB Difference

Being part of one of the oldest cultures on Earth has its advantages.

51 Nationalities Represented at WAB

8 Mother Tongue Programs

1:8Teacher-Student Ratio

63 On-Going Student-Led Service Projects

55% Teachers with 10+ Years Experience

400+ Extracurricular Options

1 of 7 Preferred IB Training Schools Worldwide

24/7 Campus Security Staff

6 Years Average Tenure Among Teachers

30+Parent Workshops Anually

1 On-Campus Air Quality Index (PM2.5)

1,300 Hours Annual Staff Professional Development

The WAB Experience

WAB Students excel in academics and become life-long learners.

Learning

Our students are at the heart of all teaching and learning at the Western Academy of Beijing. WAB teachers are dedicated, internationally experienced professionals. As an IB World School, our highly motivated students acquire the skills and attitudes that meet the growing demands of an international 21st century.

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Arts

The Arts thrive at the Western Academy of Beijing. Guided by a talented and creative faculty of trained teachers and artists, our students are taught foundational skills while also being challenged to express their own artistic vision.

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Athletics

WAB offers students at all grade levels opportunities to participate in 16 different competitive sports. Each student-athlete is challenged to learn and develop new skills, embrace the value of working together to achieve common goals, and become empowered to stretch their boundaries and self-expectations.

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Campus

Beautiful and functional, WAB has exciting purpose-built facilities. Our sweeping, sail-like rooftops and colorful buildings have become a landmark in Beijing. The fusion design incorporates a unique balance of modern and traditional Chinese architecture, reflecting the spirit of our extraordinary school.

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Community

From first steps until well after graduation, the WAB community remains a supportive, caring and diverse part of school life. Join us, get involved and experience everything our community has to offer, from volunteer opportunities to exciting events and initiatives.

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Outdoor Education

WAB Wild, our outdoor education department, has run more than 20 outdoor expeditions and day trips each year for over a decade. Taking learning outside the classroom and into nature, WAB Wild has a strong environmental focus incorporated into all its programs.

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Student Voices

WAB’s warm and supportive community will make you feel right at home.
Margot

Welcome to WAB. While you’re at school here, you’ll meet all types of different people, so you get to see and appreciate the differences among cultures. It’s not only about nationality either. Whether you like arts, sports or community service, at WAB you are encouraged to develop yourself as an individual. I have gone to WAB since I was in Grade 3, and the IB program’s focus on developing as a learner has been very influential. Classes like humanities and math have taught me how to explore new ideas in a worldwide context and also have helped me shape how I want my future to look after graduation.

Christian Neoh, Grade 12
Australia

Margot

Maybe you have the same worries as I did when I arrived. I was a bit nervous when I first came to WAB, but other kids who were peer leaders helped me figure out right away on New Student Orientation Day. My teachers were all really supportive, too. So don’t worry! The community here is really warm and welcoming. You’re going to love it!

Margot Durfee, Grade 8
United States

Margot

We get to do so many activities in class that make learning really fun, like learning about physics by building our own boats and then racing them in the pool. And, I can just go upstairs after school to take extra Dutch classes.

Frederique Kersemakers, Grade 5
The Netherlands

Margot

At first, you might notice that our school looks different. The hallways are colorful and curvy. We do fun things to learn about fractions in math, and there is so much room to play with your friends on Tiger Field.

Soma Ito, Grade 3
Japan

Margot

You will really like playing on the playground in the ECC. And we get to draw and make sculptures in art class. It's really fun.

Kaea Paki, Kindergarten
Canada

alumni spotlight

Christian Shepherd
Student From '98 - '05

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Livi Zheng
Class of '07

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Lucy Li
Class of '07

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Stephanie Yue
Student from '94 - '99

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WAB Stories

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