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Our School

The International School of Uganda (ISU) is dedicated to: “providing world-class, holistic education in a multi-cultural setting, inspiring and equipping students to be life-long learners, to reach their full potential and to be responsible global citizens active in shaping the future.

ISU is a non-profit, co-educational day school, established in 1967, offering an international education program for students 3 to 19 years old. Enrollment is approximately 540 students representing over 60 different nations, creating a culturally dynamic and synergistic student body with many languages and customs.

ISU is authorized by the International Baccalaureate to offer the Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes, one of 236 schools worldwide. ISU is also accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in the United States and the Council of International Schools, two prestigious international accreditation organizations.

The Campus

The lush, purpose built thirty-three acre ISU campus is situated on the outskirts of the capital city of Kampala in a secluded suburb, and the grounds are a garden for many indigenous plants and bird-life. Additional land owned by the school gives us room for future expansion and development. Key features of our facilities include: State-of-the-art Science Centre; three computer laboratories with access to the Internet and wireless connectivity campus-wide; a library of over 20,000 volumes, extensive sports facilities including 3 sports fields, multi-purpose sports hall, running track, 2 swimming pools, 4 tennis courts; and much more.

The Curriculum

ISU teachers use the best research based teaching methods centered on a dynamic international curriculum that meets a global standard for the best education available, the widely acclaimed and highly respected International Baccalaureate (IB) Programmes. In the Junior School, Early Childhood to grade 5, the curriculum is based on the IB Primary Years Programme. While providing a strong foundation in all subject areas, the programme focuses on the social, physical, emotional and cultural development of the child. It provides structured inquiry as a vehicle for learning which is carried forward in the other two IB programmes.

In the Senior School, the IB Middle Years Programme forms the core of ISU's educational focus for students in grades 6 to 10. The inter-disciplinary approach to learning develops students' critical thinking abilities and communication skills and offers an academically challenging and stimulating programme of study.

In grades 11 and 12 students follow the IB Diploma Programme. Considered the leading edge of secondary education today and the "gold standard" of high school diplomas, this programme of study allows students to expand their horizons and challenge their abilities.

ISU has a specialist centre for teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages and an Optimal Learning Centre for those students who require learning support. Both centers serve students of all ages. Through our Sports and Activities Programme students build self-esteem, become motivated learners, practice time management skills, form many friendships and gain a greater identity with our school.

The Staff

ISU has 65 full-time experienced teachers, most of who are certified in the United Kingdom, the United States or Canada. Others are qualified teachers from Australia, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Kenya, Venezuela and Uganda. Almost half of the teachers hold Master’s or other postgraduate degrees. There are ten IB Diploma examiners, three IB Middle Years moderators, one IB Diploma senior moderator, one IB Diploma workshop leaders, three IB Primary Years workshop leaders and two IB Primary Years School Visitors on the teaching staff.

Governance

The school is governed by a nine member Board of Directors. Eight board members are elected from amongst parents of students at the school, who are members of the school Association; and the ninth member is appointed by the US Ambassador.

ISU Communication Procedures

The school has put in place communication procedures through which the parents are able to communicate with relevant staff members based on a question they may have.

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