As the first and only full continuum IB World School in mainland China, authorized to offer the full IB continuum (Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme, Diploma Programme, and the Career-related Programme), The Western International School of Shanghai (WISS) provides the ideal environment for students to explore their passions and pursue their dreams. Our motto is, 'Inspiring minds to shape the future' and our commitment to the IB and its programmes helps us to put this into action every day.
Inquiry, Action and Reflection
In IB schools, students are encouraged to explore and construct their own personal and cultural identities through dynamic cycles of inquiry, action and reflection. This inquiry-based learning is built on students' individual knowledge and interests and emphasizes learning how to learn and find out. Learning is engaging, relevant, challenging, and differentiated for the specific needs of each learner within the classroom. This is not the traditional education, so many of us experienced where students sit in rows while the teacher 'delivers' instruction. Students in the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) at WISS experience this inquiry cycle in their learning every day.
Balanced and Rigorous Curriculum
The IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a globally recognized curriculum and known for its rigor. IBO surveys consistently report that the acceptance rate of IB students into top-ranked universities is typically higher than the total population acceptance rate. Universities understand that to complete the IBDP with a good score, students must demonstrate consistent hard work and dedication. Here at WISS, we watch with pride as our IBDP students graduate and go off to attend top-ranked universities around the world in a variety of fields.
Child-Focused and Future Orientated
We are proud to offer the IB Career-related Programme (IBCP) here at WISS. The IBCP incorporates the vision and educational principles of the IB into a unique programme specifically developed for students who wish to engage in career-related learning. This flexible framework allows us to meet the needs, backgrounds, and experiences of our diverse community of learners. CP students engage in a rigorous study programme that genuinely interests them while gaining transferable and lifelong skills. WISS currently offers three CP pathways: Production Arts, Sports, and Art and Design.
Central to the IB mission is creating “a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect” and to “encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right." Students must complete service and action components that are integral parts of the IB curriculum. There are many opportunities like our Saturday School where WISS’s entire community (students, teachers and parents) come together to make a difference in ways big and small throughout the school year.
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