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Washington International School - Tregaron Campus

Private | 6-12 | 457 students

We are best known for our commitment to internationalism.
 
 

 
 

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Posted November 14, 2012

Washington International School is in the process of trying to decide what kind of school it wants to be. It is on of the very few DC schools that does not require the SSAT or ISEE for middle and high school applicants. I think due to this exception they are not getting the academic quality of students that they need. Yes this is a difficult school but has many inequities due to this testing issue and also due to a large number of "lifers"..students who were accepted in pre-school or kindergarten and who if were to apply today would not be admitted. Enrollment numbers have always been strong due to IMF and World Bank tuition help, but that is changing and to truly step up into the top tier of DC schools the school needs to make some admission policy changes. That said if your child can handle the intense schedule and the social scene, which is very advanced they will get a good education while existing in a very small bubble. The school boasts of its diversity, but diversity has two sides, one being people from all over the world and the other side being inclusivity. The parental body is very inclusive, while the student body is extremely cliquey.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2012

Two of my children graduated from Washington International School. One is currently at the University of Pennsylvania and the other is in medical school. Most of their classmates were accepted by Ivy league schools or other top-tier universities in the U.S. and abroad, so the college prep/college entrance issue described in an older comment is no longer valid. The junior and senior years at WIS are as academically challenging or more challenging than any of the years they will spend in undergraduate or graduate schools. The WIS students are impressive - fluent in 2 or more languages, well rounded, individualistic, and very nice. Because of the small size of the school, my children were able to participate in any extra curricular activity they wanted to try. While WIS does not have elite sports programs such as the programs at Good Counsel, Dematha, or Gonzaga (WCAC league schools), most of the students actually get to play for the WIS team of their choice, and are not "bumped" because of heavy recruiting. If you want the best education possible and a fully rounded school experience, WIS is as good as it gets.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2009

At the risk of being redundant, let me add my support for WIS for modeling the IB program that is spreading throughout ambitious, forward-looking schools. My kids are prepared for the world we live in. They are bilingual and culturally fluent. they can work in groups, reflect on their own strengths and weaknesses and they can integrate design and computer technology into their work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2009

This is a very good school, however, when me and my brother went to this school for three years, we found that the curriculum was not challenging enough for us. Since then we have gone to public school in Alexandria, VA. The teachers, however, are excellent and they helped all the students if they had issues.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 18, 2009

There is no more relevanyt school than Washington International. Its mission is to produce global citizens. This is the school that we all must model, and send our kids to!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2008

WIS excels in language learning and in providing a global perspective and education. We are also impressed, however, with the science and math curriculum and teachers as well as the arts and music programs. It has just opened a new library, classroom and theatre building. The one aspect of student life where it may be weak (depending on your perspective) is major sports. A new regulation size soccer and baseball field is being built as I write so this may change in the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2007

I enjoyed my 6 years at WIS. It is a beautiful campus and an excellent learning envirnment. I would say it is most likely the best academic experience in DC. However, the second most important duty of a high school is to get its students into the best universities. This is unfortunately where WIS falls short. It is competing with the much older and more established schools in the area, and as one of the top 5 in my class, with excellent SATs and extra curriculars, and no minority status, I was unable to get into the colleges I desired. Also I found issue in getting the appropriate credit for my IBs. IB highers are equal to two APs but do not recieve that. And IB standards are not recognized anywhere. It is a wonderful school, but needs to work on accomadating students headed to US colleges.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 6, 2004

As a recent graduate of Washington International School and as a freshman at Johns Hopkins University (class of 2008), I have found that the International Baccalaureate program at WIS thoroughly prepared me for the challenges of university-level learning. Now that I am a member of a far less diverse student body, and have larger classes, I have come to appreciate even more all that WIS has to offer. The adults in the community make a notable effort to get to know each student individually, and to help them develop their skills and interests. The college counselors are experienced and knowledgeable people, who guide countless students in the admissions processes of universities in the USA and abroad. They, like the entire faculty at WIS, are always willing to help. I encourage all parents and prospective students to seriously consider the 'WIS experience.' It is unparalleled!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 24, 2004

I am currently a student at the Washington Interational School (WIS) and as such, I can personally vouch for the school's overall excellence . It exceeds particularly in the language departments, where the students enrolled in the emersion programs are only slightly disadvantaged when compared to their foreign counterparts (i.e. French students generally know the language almost or even just as well any French national). In addition, however, the Mathematics, Social Sciences and Sciences departments, as well as the sports team organisations, are all very strong at the school, giving it a well-rounded educational base. Of course, one of the school's most promninent features is its diversity of culture; unlike many other schools in the nation, cultural individuality is, in fact, highly encouraged (equally by the students and staff). The school's mission, to educate students to become responsible and active world citizens, seems most prudent in today's increasingly interdependant global soceity.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 22, 2004

This is a wonderful school, well-organized, beautiful facilities, warm and loving teachers and a very strong curriculum. The end-of-year production for my son's PreK was simply amazing. The artwork displayed in the lobby year-round showed high creativity and skill. Best of all, the administration really cares about parents' concerns, and act on those concerns. It just keeps getting better. What's more, my son is learning Spanish in the most authentic way - immersion. He loves knowing a language I don't know!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

Washington International School is a great school where kids get the opportunity to learn in a diverse and cultural community. Kids from countries all around the world come to learn here. It also has an exellent language program that can be found. It is truely an exellent school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2003

I love WIS. It's a great school with a lot of international student diversity.
—Submitted by a former student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 59% 7%
Two or more races 15% N/A
Hispanic 12% 12%
Black 9% 80%
Asian 5% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Special education 0%N/AN/A
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 0%N/AN/A
Source: Manually entered by school official

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation McGill University
Johns Hopkins University
New York University
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Arabic languages
Chinese (Mandarin)
Dutch
French
German
Italian
Russian
Spanish
Many
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Recycling club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Anime club
  • Literary magazine
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Dutch
  • French
  • Others available as tutorials.
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Many
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Arab-American Student Union

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Cooking club

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
Clubs
  • It's Academic
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:45pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Clayton Lewis
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • ECIS
  • NAIS

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Project Zero
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Foreign languages
  • Global
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Dutch
  • French
  • Others available as tutorials.
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Many
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
Transportation options
  • Shuttle between campuses
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Amnesty international
  • Anime club
  • Book/reading club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Foreign language club: Arab-American Student Union
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • It's Academic
  • Literary magazine
  • Model OAS
  • Model UN
  • Recycling club
  • Roots & Shoots
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School mascot
  • Red Devil
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$30000 - $35000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
Application fee
Yes. $50.
No fee waivers available

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
McGill University
Johns Hopkins University
New York University
College preparation / awareness offered
College presentations or information sessions
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
4 year college - 100%
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3100 Macomb St NW
Washington, DC 20008
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Phone: (202) 243-1800

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