The Western Academy of Beijing (WAB) 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 from over 50 countries are the focus of WAB’s learner-centered atmosphere, and are encouraged to take their place as responsible citizens of the world.

Dr. J Courtney Lowe, School Director


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Our Curriculum
WAB is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, offering the Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes. All graduates also earn the WAB High School Diploma.


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Language Programs Offered
Curricular: Chinese, French, Spanish, Dutch.

Mother Tongue Language Programs
We offer French, German, Dutch, Finnish, Danish, Swedish and Japanese. Learn more.

School Hours
8:30am-3:20pm | Monday-Friday

Early Years Program offers half-day and full-day options.

Educational Support Services
Learning support and enrichment are available to all WAB students. WAB strives to help every student reach his/her full potential, and uses a collaborative approach to address the development and readiness levels of students through various forms of language, counseling, literacy and behavioral support. Learn more.

WABX: Athletics and Activities
We offer students 400+ sports, arts and clubs to pursue their passions with our extensive extracurricular programs. Pursue your passions with us, whatever they may be! Learn more.

Our Students
Our students excel in academics and become life-long learners. As a truly diverse international school, 40% of our students come from the USA, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. 20% are from European countries and 39% are from Asia. Learn more.

Health and Safety

WAB has a licensed foreign expert nurse in each school section, as well as a dedicated physical trainer for athletics. WAB Security works 24 hours a day to provide a safe and secure environment.

WAB offers free bus transportation for the majority of students. Buses run 120 routes every day all over the city.

Food Options
Aramark, a global food service provider, offers tasty and healthy lunch options, which students can purchase throughout campus using their SmartCard.

School Campus

WAB has a beautiful 99,000m campus. Our facilities include:

  • State-of-the-art indoor air filtration system
  • 3 well-resourced libraries
  • 3 theaters
  • An indoor swimming pool
  • 3 full-size gyms
  • Tiger L'Air sports dome
  • FIFA-approved full-length football field with a track
  • Climbing wall
  • Innovative technology studios
  • A fully-equipped workout room
  • Dance studios

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Our Teachers
WAB teachers are internationally experienced educators. 27 nationalities are represented among our staff, 65% with 10 or more years of teaching experience and 6 years of average tenure.


WAB is a very special place. From the very first moment that I entered the school more than 10 years ago, I could feel the warm, friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and see the happy faces of all the children running around the Elementary School. So, for me, this was a strong indication that this school is unique and very special. I am truly grateful that my children were part of this excellent learning environment.

Nathalie Azzopardi, WAB Parent and Board Member


Our Philosophy

  • WAB educates the whole child

  • WAB champions its staff

  • WAB involves the parents

Our Mission

Connect, Inspire, Challenge: Make a Difference

A school's mission statement describes what a school is seeking to achieve as a community of learners. At WAB, our mission statement is the cornerstone by which we interact as a community and design strategic plans for the future.

Core Values

What makes our school unique? These are the values we believe in and are alive in everything we do.

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By any standard, WAB is a remarkable school...with purpose-built facilities, which are on a par at least with the finest in the international schools in the world. More than that, it has developed an enviable and richly deserved reputation for offering a vital, stimulating and challenging education to its international student body.

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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.