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. Marta Medved Krajnovic, Head of School



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. Learn more.

Home Languages Programs
We offer Dutch, German, Finnish, and Swedish. 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, 42% of our students come from the USA, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. 15% are from European countries and 42% are from Asia. Learn more.

Health and Safety

WAB has a team of licensed expert nurses in each school section. 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 close to 100 routes every day all over the city.

Food Options
Chartwells, 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:

  • Brand new learning spaces
  • 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 Chair


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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Leading World Education

Your influence here at WAB extends beyond these walls to international education all over the world. You are pioneers. Everybody in this international community is looking at you. Thank you for being courageous and making that step forward for us all and for children all over the globe.

The Joint IBO, NEASC, and CIS Accreditation Teams, September 2018

An IB World School Like No Other

We are convinced as a team that FLoW21 can significantly enhance the quality of the implementation of the IB programs.

IBO Evaluation Team Chair, address to WAB Community, Sept 2018

Learning for the Next Steps

We have seen fantastic learning in your classrooms.

CIS Accreditation Team Chair, address to WAB Community September 2018