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Westwood International School

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Mr. Michael Thompson, Superintendent
Westwood International School
P.O. Box 2446
Gaborone, Botswana
Tel: 267-306-736
Fax: 267-306-734
E-mail: westwood@info.bw


Westwood International School was founded in May 1988 under the sponsorship of the British and American governments and several local companies in collaboration with the Botswana Ministry of Education. Its educational program extends from kindergarten through grade 12. The school year, beginning in January and ending in December, comprises 3 trimesters: mid-January to mid-April, mid-May to early August, and mid-September to early December.

Organization: The School is governed by a council comprised of 4 elected parent members, 4 representatives from founder member companies, and one representative each from the British High Commission, the U. S. Embassy, the Botswana Ministry of Education, and the Debswana Diamond Company.

Curriculum: The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of students transferring to or from U.S., British, or international schools abroad. U.S. textbooks are used as are texts from Britain and South Africa. Standardized tests in reading are used in upper elementary and a program for the academically talented as well as remedial programs are offered. Westwood participates with its U.S. partner school in LaGrange, Illinois, in teacher and student exchanges as well as reciprocal professional and curriculum development programs. The School was accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the European Council of International Schools in 1999.

Faculty: There are 50 full-time faculty members in the 2000-2001 school year, including 4 U.S. citizens, 4 host-country nationals, and 42 third-country nationals.

Enrollment: Enrollment at the beginning of the 2000-2001 school year was 512, including 27 U.S. citizens, 111 host-country nationals, and 374 third-country nationals. Of the U.S. enrollment, 8 were dependents of the U.S. Government direct-hire or contract employees and 19 were dependents of other private U.S. citizens.

Facilities: Westwood is located in a custom-designed 4.6-hectare campus with 27 classrooms, a library, a computer center, and a modern office building. A school hall was completed in 1993. A fully equipped competitive swimming pool was completed in February 1993. The classrooms at the site are modern in design, well equipped, and air-conditioned. There is an active after-school program offering over 60 sports, clubs, and interest groups.

Finances: During the 2000-2001 school year over 95 percent of the School's income derives from tuition fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: Primary (grades Kdg.-6): $2,985 with a one-time non-refundable levy equivalent to $457; Junior Secondary (grades 7-9): $3,775 with a one-time non-refundable levy equivalent to $1,098; and Senior Secondary (grades 10-12): $4,202. There is a one-time capital levy of $3,400 and a registration fee of $50. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)

This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. The Office of Overseas Schools (A/OPR/OS) may have more detailed information. Prospective users of the schools may wish to inquire further with A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the-minute information regarding curriculum, special programs, and the like.