The mission of Washington International School is to be an exemplary learning community—enriched by differences, informed through inquiry, global in reach.
Intensive language learning is fundamental to WIS's mission. Language learning promotes a dynamic framework with which to understand other cultures and perspectives. WIS students are expected to attain a confident level of oral and written proficiency in more than one language.
The ability to communicate in more than one language facilitates an individual’s movement beyond the first language and home culture, increases awareness of the world, and ultimately enables one to participate more fully as an international citizen. The learning process involves learning language(s), learning about language(s), and learning through language(s). Students learn about language and through language to foster knowledge, understanding, sensitivity, and appreciation of cultures, values, and traditions.