International Baccalaureate®

We encourage creativity, independent thinking, goal orientation, self-confidence, and the quest for personal excellence.

As candidate schools of the International Baccalaureate®*, Bellevue Children’s Academy and Willows Preparatory School foster and aim to develop internationally-minded people who recognize their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet to help create a better and more peaceful world.

Bellevue Children’s Academy is pursuing authorization as an International Baccalaureate® World School for the Primary Years Programme. According to International Baccalaureate®, “The PYP prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. It focuses on the development of the whole child.”

Please view our Assessment Policy, Language Policy, and Program of Inquiry for more information about our units.

BCA and WPS learners strive to be:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-Minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-Takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme and the IB CP. Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit