Washington International School (WIS) is a coeducational independent school offering 900+ students a challenging international curriculum and rich language program from Preschool through Grade 12. Students in Preschool through Grade 5 follow the international Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) in a language immersion (Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten) and dual-language (Grades 1-5) framework. The Primary School comprises 450 children from preschool (age 3+) to grade 5. Average class size in preschool is 12, while class size in PK-Grade 5 averages 17.
The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP) is the framework for the organization of the curriculum. The PYP is driven by concept acquisition and is inquiry-based. Students explore topics in mathematics, science and technology, languages, social studies, arts, and physical education through the interdisciplinary Units of Inquiry. All students in the Primary School study and explore these areas in two languages.
Along with strong academics, WIS concentrates on developing the whole child. The PYP promotes positive attitudes and good character. Teachers emphasize traits such as respect, tolerance, integrity, and confidence and encourage students to reflect, choose wisely, and act responsibly with other children and their teachers, as well as in the wider community. Weekly morning meetings, or assemblies, allow children and teachers to explore the learner profile by transforming words into actions.
From Preschool onward, students at WIS are immersed in the arts, taking classes in music and visual art that foster skill-building and aesthetic appreciation. In the upper Primary grades, students may join chorus and band. PE classes begin with movement and motor skills, followed by a focus on building agility and coordination.
The ideal candidate will have:
at least 3 years experience within the PYP or with an inquiry-based, student-centered approach to teaching
a relevant degree in Elementary Education or English
the ability to differentiate instruction to the varying learning needs of children
strong oral and written communication skills
the ability to integrate technology into teaching
the ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues for planning
a genuine enthusiasm for working with children
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume and list of three professional references to the email address provided.
Additional Salary Information: We offer excellent benefits, including, robust professional development opportunities, subsidy for health and dental regardless of tier of coverage, generous match for retirement and much more.
About Washington International School
Founded in 1966, Washington International School is a private, non-profit, Pre-School-12 school profoundly committed to its mission: to be an exemplary learning community - enriched by differences, informed through inquiry, global in reach. Serving over 900 students on two campuses, the school is multinational, multicultural, and multilingual.
The school’s challenging international program draws on classroom-based research on pedagogical practices and curriculum design from renowned organizations such as the International Baccalaureate (IB); the Asia Society; and Project Zero, based in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. From Pre-School through Grade 5 students follow the inquiry-based IB Primary Years Program; in Grades 6-10 they continue with a multidisciplinary and inquiry-based approach designed to enhance understanding and develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the prestigious IB Diploma Program (DP). All students in Grades 11 and 12 are enrolled in the DP, which prepares them to take exams to receive the International Baccalaureate Diploma in addition to a WIS diploma. IB Diploma results are well above the worldwide pass rate, and WIS gr...aduates attend highly selective colleges and universities.
Commitment to the intensive study of a second language is central, with Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes taught entirely in French or Spanish. All instruction in Grades 1-5 is “dual language” in English and either French, Spanish or Dutch. Chinese is offered beginning in Grade six. Typically, one half to three-quarters of WIS graduates earn the Bilingual IB Diploma. Upon graduation, approximately two-thirds attend American universities and one-third universities abroad.
The entire school community – alumni, parents, students, teachers, administrators and staff – are ardent advocates for international education. WIS has played a prominent role in setting a standard for a global perspective that many schools now emulate.
The school culture is highly egalitarian, with a strong emphasis on collaboration and understanding differing points of view. There is no typical WIS family: some households consist only of U.S. passport holders, others are all non-U.S. passport holders and many are a mix of nationalities. In addition to this global diversity, WIS also strives to achieve economic diversity: 14% of the students receive financial assistance.