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Sifundzani School is a coeducational day school that offers an educational program from grades 1 through 11 for students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1981 and the school year has 3 terms extending approximately from January 26 to April 24, May 18 to August 21, and September 14 to December 11.
Organization: The School is governed by a School Committee of 7 members elected for a 3-year terms by the school parents. The Committee meets monthly.
Curriculum: The curriculum is geared to the Swazi syllabus which is based on the British system, but is expanded to enable children from the United States and other countries to easily fit into the educational system in their home countries when they leave Swaziland. Instruction is in English with French and Siswati being taught as second languages. English-as-a-Second-Language is also included in the curriculum. Art, music, music appreciation, dance, piano, and recorder lessons are offered by visiting specialists. Physical education, offered at all grade levels, includes swimming, soccer, cricket, hockey, tennis, squash, and netball. The School now offers computer instruction to all grades. The Iowa Test of Basic Skills is administered to determine students' progress and to diagnose potential problem areas. Extra-curricular activities include drama, chess, cross country, choir, art, and needlework.
Faculty: During the 1999-2000 school year, there are 27 full-time and 9 part-time teachers. The staff includes 2 U.S. citizens, 10 host-country nationals, and 24 third-country nationals.
Enrollment: Enrollment at the beginning of 1999-2000 school year was 596 (grades 1-5: 300; and grades 6-8: 146; grades 9-11: 150). Of the total, 9 were U.S. citizens, 266 were host-country nationals, and 317 were dependents of other nationalities.
Facilities: The primary school, on 3 levels, is housed in 3 blocks which contain 15 classrooms, a multi-purpose hall, a pre-fabricated library, a multi-purpose room, an administrative office, and a staff room. The sports facilities include a 25-meter x 15-meter swimming pool complete with changing rooms, a small playing field and a larger full-sized playing field, and 2 tennis courts. The high school is situated at a separate location and includes 3 double classroom blocks, a multipurpose room, an administrative office, and a science laboratory. This is an ongoing project. More buildings will be added each year until the planned buildings are completed. Sports facilities are shared with the primary school at the present time. Eventually, the high school will have its own sports facilities. High school students study for the IGCSE and HIGCSE examinations.
Finances: In the 1999-2000 school year, 100 percent of the School's income derives from tuition and fees. The annual tuition rates are as follows: grades 1-8: $899; and grades 9-11: $1,238. There is an annual fee of $96 for the school fund. (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 of A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the-minute information regarding curriculum, special programs and the like.