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The Verdala International School is an independent, coeducational day and boarding school which offers an educational program from play school (age 3) through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. Boarding facilities are available for grades 7-12 only. The school year comprises 2 semesters, extending from September to December and from January to June.
Organization: The School is governed by a Board of Directors, elected for 1-year terms by the Association of the Verdala International School. Membership in the Association is automatically conferred on all parents of children enrolled in the School. The School is registered in Malta under the Verdala School Foundation as a non-profit organization and is licensed by the Ministry of Education in Malta.
Curriculum: The curriculum is that of U.S. general academic, college-preparatory public schools. Instruction is in English. The School offers the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs. French, Italian, and Spanish are taught as foreign languages. The School offers English-as-a-Second-Language studies. Electives include art, drama, computing, journalism, yearbook and creative writing. The School's testing program includes the SAT I, SAT II, and I.G.C.S.E. Advanced level courses are offered according to demand. Extracurricular activities include an art club, bowling, volleyball, basketball, soccer, gymnastics, and sword-fencing.
Faculty: There are 32 full-time and 2 part-time faculty members in the 1999-2000 school year, including 7 U.S. citizens, 7 host-country nationals and 20 persons of other nationalities.
Enrollment: Enrollment at the beginning of the 1999-2000 school year was 200 (PS-grade 5: 82; grades 6-8: 30; and grades 9-12: 88). Of the total, 18 were U.S. citizens, 23 were host-country nationals, and 159 were of other nationalities. Of the U.S. enrollment, 6 were dependents of U.S. government direct-hire or contract employees, and 12 were dependents of private U.S. citizens.
Facilities: The School relocated in September of 1987 to a 6-acre site in a suburban setting. Facilities include 2 libraries and science laboratories. There is access to a basketball court and a gymnasium. The School also offers boarding facilities for grades 7-12. Boarding students are in self-contained apartments, each consisting of 3 bedrooms, common room, T.V. and interior and exterior recreational areas.
Finances: In the 1999-2000 school year, the School's income derives from regular school tuition and fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PS: $1,375; PK: $2,125; Kdg.-grade 5: $4,250; grades 6-8: $4,750; and grades 9-12: $5,250. Boarding fees (grades 7-12) are $6,345 per year over and above tuition costs. There is a registration fee of $250 for playschool/prekindergarten and $1,000 for all other grades. The School also charges a boarding capitalization fee of $250. These fees are billed in Maltese lira but payable in any convertible currency. (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.