The Future of Learning

The Future of Learning at WAB (FLoW21) is a transformative approach to the way students learn and teachers teach at the Western Academy of Beijing.

Dr. John D'Arcy, Deputy Director

WAB is constantly striving to improve the high quality education we provide.

After meeting with students, teachers and parents, we filtered down thousands of data points into 21 key objectives and understandings that will guide us into our school’s future of learning by 2021. At the heart of FLoW21 is the belief that learners need to be at the center of their education to get the best learning gains and to teach them not only how to be life-long learners, but disciplined minds.

It is our goal to enable our exceptional teachers by breaking down some of the traditional structures they are working in and putting new ones in place. This flexible, innovative approach opens the classroom to the real world and will encourage and guide truly student-centered learning – all while affirming WAB’s founding principles and core values.

WAB Flow21 future of learning

FLoW21 will explore:

  • An even stronger culture of learning
  • Co-constructed and personally relevant curriculum
  • Self-directed learning
  • Real-world, practical engagement
  • Inquiry driven learning
  • Individualized schedules and time
  • Flexible, diverse, variable spaces and learner groups
  • Individualized instruction and teaching
  • Collegial coaching and mentoring
  • Team teaching
  • Adaptive support network for all learners

We believe the most significant learning gains are achieved when:

  • Learners are engaged in creative thinking and actions built on strong foundations of skills, knowledge, and understanding
  • Learners and teachers are afforded time and space to develop and maintain personally relevant and meaningful relationships
  • Learners and teachers are engaged in important and purposeful work that inspires, connects, challenges and is intended to make a difference
  • Learners take responsibility for and ownership of their learning
  • Teachers are both content experts and master educators

What does the future of education look like? It’s based on educational neuroscience and developmental psychology that puts students at the center of their own learning.

John D'Arcy, Deputy Director

Currently, FLoW21 is in the early stages of development but already shaping the way our educators approach learning at WAB.

Elementary School

Structured inquiry is the main vehicle for learning. Grow. Discover. Experience.

Middle School

Middle School, WAB

Filled with individual and collective potential. Transition. Challenge. Innovate.

High School

High School, WAB

Higher learning within the classroom and outside it. Opportunity. Passion. Achievement.


Discover, WAB

We are more than a school. Discover what makes us WAB.

11 Reasons to Come to WAB

  1. WAB students excel in academics and become life-long learners.
  2. WAB teachers are internationally experienced educators.
  3. Our campus is colorful and dynamic, designed to enhance the WAB learning experience.
  4. WAB supports an extensive extracurricular program for all students to explore their passions.
  5. WAB's warm and supportive community will make your family feel at home.
  6. WAB is an innovative community of learners.
  7. WAB exposes students to new, influential ideas.
  8. Learning extends far beyond the classroom walls.
  9. WAB engages & serves its community both locally and globally.
  10. WAB's connections extend around the world.
  11. … And you know exactly what you're paying for.