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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Sports
    A-
Washington International School is a top rated, private school located in Washington, DC. It has 915 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 9 to 1. Tuition is $38,330 for the highest grade offered. After graduation, 100% of students from this school go on to attend a 4-year college.
Address
3100 Macomb St NW
Washington, DC 20008
Telephone
(202) 243-1800
Website
Organization Memberships
NAIS

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$38,330
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
Average SAT
1320
42 responses
Average ACT
32
9 responses

Culture & Safety

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  • Musical and drama plays
    33%
  • International dinner
    20%
  • Student exchange program in Peru/Spain
    20%
  • Student exchange program in France
    13%
  • Global film fest competition
    7%
  • Speech competition
    7%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
915
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
9:1
National
17:1
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100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.5 responses
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80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.5 responses
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100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.5 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Crime & Safety
    C-
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Cost of Living
    C-
  4. Good for Families
    B+
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$72,935
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,362
National
$949
Median Home Value
$506,100
National
$184,700
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Washington International School Reviews

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Our children attended the school since 3rd grade. They graduated not only fully bilingual, but extraordinarily well-educated. The school is one of the global leaders in the International Baccalaureate - a model studied by other schools around the globe. Their sports are excellent - particularly boys and girls soccer where they are among the top teams in the DMV. Less appreciated is the strength of their theater and visual arts programs, both of which are extremely distinguished.

The student body is truly global, though not transient. Most students have one parent who is a US citizen and one who is a citizen elsewhere. While, like all private schools, this is an economically elite group, the feel among the parents is more of one of dual working professionals than one of a plutocratic elite in an awkward barbell relationship with a handful of full-scholarship students. This makes things socially far less weird than at a Sidwell or GDS or Holton Arms.
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WIS is one of, if not the best, school your kids can attend in DC. The opportunities WIS kids gain are endless, there is never a 'normal' week at WIS, field trips, school events, sports games are always happening. All WIS kids can speak at least 2 languages and this ability is furthered through exchange trips to Paris and Peru/Madrid in the 8th grade. Every year, WIS graduates attend not only top US colleges, but also great schools internationally. Students have all the resources they need to succeed with passionate teachers, excellent facilities, and an adaptive teaching style. Your kids will make great friends, memories, and gain a world class education at WIS.
Hype, hype and more hype. Full immersion? Not so. After over 10 years of "full immersion", students are barely able to speak the language (Spanish or French). "Global" and "diverse" thanks mainly to a rotating population of expatriates. The diversity is geographic, not racial. Poor administration - problem students are not addressed and remain in the school. Families' (and students') concerns are treated according to affluence and influence. Cliquish environment, although the school writes and aims to sell a sense of community, which all false/fake. There are much better schools out there for that kind of money. You just have to get over the smoke and mirrors and then be able to get your students to switch.