Our Early Years program begins with Preschool (for children who are three years old by September 1), continues with Pre-Kindergarten (for four-year-olds), and concludes with Kindergarten. All Early Years programs are French Immersion or Spanish Immersion.

Children of all language backgrounds comprise our Early Years cohort. This has been a hallmark of a WIS education for over 50 years, when our visionary founder Dorothy Goodman recognized the benefits of early second language acquisition. In the decades since, numerous studies have revealed the benefits of immersion programs.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Learner Profile comprises 10 characteristics:

INQUIRERS

They nurture their curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. They know how to learn independently and with others. They learn with enthusiasm and sustain their love of learning throughout life.

KNOWLEDGEABLE

They develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. They engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.

THINKERS

They use critical and creative thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problems. They exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.

COMMUNICATORS

They express themselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. They collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.

PRINCIPLED

They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. They take responsibility for their actions and their consequences.

OPEN-MINDED

They critically appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. They seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.

CARING

They show empathy, compassion and respect. They have a commitment to service, and they act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around them.

RISK-TAKERS

They approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; they work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. They are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.

BALANCED

They understand the importance of balancing different aspects of their lives—intellectual, physical, and emotional—to achieve well-being for themselves and others. They recognize their interdependence with other people and with the world in which they live.

REFLECTIVE

They thoughtfully consider the world and their own ideas and experience. They work to understand their strengths and weaknesses in order to support their learning and personal development.