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International School of Tanganyika

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Dr. Graham Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer
International School of Tanganyika, Ltd.
P.O. Box 2651
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Tel: 255-22-215-1817
Fax: 255-22-215-2077
E-mail: ist@raha.com

The International School of Tanganyika Ltd. (IST), established in 1963, is a private, coeducational day school, which offers a full educational program for pupils from the age of 3 to pre-university. To be admitted to the prekindergarten a child must be 3 years of age before September 1st. The school year consists of 3 terms from September to December, January to March, and April to June. The last 2 years of high school include the International Baccalaureate Program (grades 11 and 12).

Organization: The School is governed by a Board of Directors, elected for 3-year terms of office by parents of pupils of the School, all of whom are eligible to vote and to hold office.

Curriculum: The curriculum is a blend of the American and British educational systems especially designed to meet the needs of children from the international community. Teaching and academic standards are equivalent to those in comparable schools in North America and the United Kingdom. The elementary school is composed of a kindergarten (PK and Kdg.) and a lower school (grades 1-5). Grades K-5 follow the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program. The secondary school consists of a middle school (grades 6-8) and a high school (grades 9-12). The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program is being introduced in the middle school. Students in grades 9 and 10 follow courses leading to the University of Cambridge IGCSE examinations, which are administered in June during grade 10. The final two years (grades 11 and 12) prepare students for the International Baccalaureate Diploma, a college preparation course. The School is also a center for PSAT, SAT and TOEFL testing. IST is fully accredited by the European Council of International Schools and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Faculty: There are 117 faculty members in the 1999-2000 school year, including 22 U.S. citizens, 16 host-country nationals, and 79 from other nationalities.

Enrollment: Enrollment at the beginning of the 1999-2000 school year was 1,051. Of the total, 39 were U.S. citizens, 409 were host-country nationals, and 603 were dependents of 54 other nationalities.

Facilities: The School is situated on 3 separate campuses. The kindergarten is composed of 6 classrooms, a library, a music room, work and play areas, and an outside playground. The elementary school campus consists of 41 classroom, 2 science labs, 2 computer rooms, a music room, an art room, an auditorium, a drama room, a library, an audio visual room, a swimming pool, and an athletic field. The secondary school campus consists of 31 classroom, 7 science laboratories, a library, an art room, 3 computer rooms, an audio visual theater, a multi-purpose hall/gymnasium, a music and drama center, swimming and diving pools, and a sports field.

Finances: In the 1999-2000 school year, about 99 percent of the School's income derives from regular day school tuition and registration fees. Annual tuition fee are as follows: PK: $3,590; Kdg.: $5,990; grades 1-5: $7,205; grades 6-8: $9,030; grades 9-10: $9,545; grades 11-12: $13,515. (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.