Principal's Message

​​​On behalf of the teachers and staff at our school​, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our school’s website.​

Whittier International is a vibrant neighborhood school with an international focus. Because Whittier International is home to students from more than 25 countries, it lends itself like no other to the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Our diverse population and the IB curriculum create a uniquely rich school culture.

Whittier International is an authorized International Baccalaureate/Primary Years Program (IB/PYP). Our teachers have completed extensive IB training in the latest instructional practices, assessment and child development to bring your child an educational experience that is world-renowned.  We know that IB/PYP offers tremendous advantages for students, helping them to become “citizens of the world.”

IB/PYP provides a well-rounded program that incorporates the BVSD curriculum with an international focus. In kindergarten through fifth grade, students explore Spanish as a world language. In addition, our curriculum builds on state standards delivered through internationally developed, research-supported educational practices. “Inquiry” is a primary strategy used to integrate higher order thinking, questioning, and application of content knowledge through science and social studies. At the completion of “Units of Inquiry,” students participate in projects that promote responsible citizenship, applying content knowledge through community action. Character education is approached through IB Attitudes and Outcomes. Students regularly assess their ability to exhibit citizenship.

Finally, parents are actively involved at Whittier International. Volunteers are welcome in classrooms, helping to extend and enrich the curriculum. Programs such as Art Club and Vocal Choir are offered after school. We invite neighborhood families to join us for these as part of our learning community. As the principal at Whittier International, I hear everyone from staff to families talk about the positive atmosphere here. They describe Whittier as a "school with heart" where the environment is deeply caring. Our school's extremely high quality staff, dedicated to academic achievement for all, makes Whittier International a choice for close to 400 students.


Sarah Oswick, Principal

Sarah Oswick

Sarah Oswick



Office Staff

Sandra Cuevas

Job Title: School Support Assistant

Sherry Franz

Job Title: School Support Assistant

Karen Wolny

Job Title: School Office Manager