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Does WAB have application deadlines?

We understand that families may relocate to Beijing throughout the school year and so, depending on availability, we can admit students mid-semester. However, in order to facilitate scheduling and course availability, we recommend High School students enroll either at the start of the school year in August or in January at the start of the second semester.

How long does the admissions process take?

Once a complete application with all required documents has been received, we will contact you within 3-5 working days depending on the Admissions Committee schedule. If your child requires additional support then the process may take up to 10 working days.

What is your cut-off birthdate for children entering grade levels?

Our cut-off date is October 31. For example, to enroll in the Early Years program (3 years old), your child must be 3 years old by October 31.

How does WAB place students in the appropriate grade levels?

For the Early Years and for the Elementary school programs, placement is based predominantly on age. In higher grades, the student's educational background will also be taken into consideration.

Do you have school uniforms?

No. WAB students adhere to a school-wide dress code found in each individual school section’s Student and Parent Handbook.

Does your school provide lunch?

Students are provided with a variety of lunch options each day provided by Aramark.

Lunch prices can vary from a set menu from RMB 28 to RMB 32 and are paid using the student’s SmartCard, which can be recharged with money online.

Where do the WAB students go to university and what is the average IB score of WAB graduates?

WAB’s average IB score is 35. About a quarter of WAB students earn 40 or more points on IB exams, compared to 6% of IB students worldwide. For more information, read our IB High School Profile 2016-17 or visit our High School.

What is WAB doing about air pollution?

Providing a safe and healthy learning environment for our students, staff and families is a top priority for Western Academy of Beijing, and we take this issue very seriously. All of our facilities on campus are equipped with reliable, state-of-the-art air filtration systems. WAB also has strict precautionary measures in place to safeguard our students from the dangers of engaging in physical activities outdoors on days when air quality is poor. Please click here to see the steps WAB takes to protect our community from the harmful effects of air pollution.

WAB is very diverse and loving school with an exceptionally great learning environment.

Elizabeth, Grade 11