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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    NG
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Sports
    B
Washington International School is a top rated, private school located in Washington, DC. It has 901 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 9 to 1. Tuition is $41,380 for the highest grade offered. After graduation, 100% of students from this school go on to attend a 4-year college.

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$41,380
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
13%
Average Financial Aid
$29,500

Washington International School Rankings

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1350
65 responses
Average ACT
31
23 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
83%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.6 responses
Poll
50%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.6 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 29 responses
Report
  • Musical and drama plays
    24%
  • Student exchange program in Peru/Spain
    21%
  • International dinner
    14%
  • Student exchange program in France
    14%
  • Pep rallies
    7%
  • Welcome back picnic, Gala, Bazaar, Sports Day
    7%
  • Global film fest competition
    3%

Students

Diversity
NG
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
901
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.7 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.7 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.7 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
9:1
National
17:1
Poll
89%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.9 responses
Poll
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.9 responses
Poll
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.9 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
80%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.5 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.5 responses
40%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.5 responses
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$157,445
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,091
National
$949
Median Home Value
$729,403
National
$184,700
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Washington International School Reviews

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My experience at WIS has been overwhelmingly positive. As a senior, it is great to have access to our own indoor/outdoor lounge and a cafe! The campus is beautiful and the academics are rigorous. It would be nice to see some improvement in the arts at WIS, as there are low budgets and a lack of participation. WIS's sports program is top-notch and all students are given the opportunity to participate.

It is also important to note that students at WIS tend to be more stressed, driven, and over-achieving. As all students take the rigorous full IB program in addition to hours of extracurriculars and college prep, many are overcommitted and stressed. However, the WIS administration does a good job of providing student resources and the college counseling department is excellent!
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Washington International School is excellent for preparing students for a college experience and the world beyond. The skills for inquiry, risk-taking and exploration are ingrained into the curriculum. There is no doubt that the school is academically challenging and pushes students beyond expectations. The IB Diploma program is one of the outstanding achievements of the school and WIS scores higher on average for the IB than the rest of the world. Despite these academic achievements, WIS only meets the diversity quota by giving students international exposure. Though this has value, it does not teach students and create a safe, open environment for students of minority groups and of diverse abilities. That is something the school has only recently worked to improve on, and I hope it does later on.
The middle school administration can't tell the difference between bullying and borderline sexual harassment. By the time I was in eighth grade I wanted to leave WIS. In high school, Some teacher were great and I will always love those teachers and stay in contact with them throughout the rest of high school but others didn't seem motivated at all. I also noticed that as you go through the grades at WIS the competition for grades and peer pressure put on you about grades increases a ton. I couldn't get a grade lower than an A without getting a sigh and a "you'll do better next time" from my classmates. Another thing I noticed about WIS is a lack of education about religions other than christianity. As a one of three Jewish kids in my grade I found that I was the teacher when it came to question about Judaism. Teachers didn't respect the fact that I didn't go to school on Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur and I was treated as though I just skipped school for no reason.