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The Windhoek International School is a coeducational day school, which offers educational programs from preschool through grade 11. The school year runs from mid-August to mid-June.
Organization: The School has developed an international curriculum, which lays the foundation for the I.G.C.S.E. (and eventually the International Baccalaureate, to be introduced in the year 2000). The primary school (PK through Grade 5) offers the Primary Years Program of the International Baccalaureate (IBPYP). WIS was one of the first schools, worldwide, to be authorized for this program.
Curriculum: The School's medium of instruction is English. French is offered as a second language from Grade 2 onward. English as a Second Language and Special Education Needs support are offered as needed. All students receive instruction in art, music, theatre arts, computing and physical education in addition to math, science, language and social studies. WIS is a candidate for accreditation with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the European Council of International Schools.
Faculty: At the beginning of 1999-2000 school year, there were 61 faculty members, including 27 host country teachers, 27 third-country teachers and 7 American teachers.
Enrollment: Enrollment at the time of writing was 443, distributed as follows: 17 dependents of U.S. government direct-hire or contract employees, 14 dependents of other private U.S. citizens, 221 host country nationals, and 191 nationals of 36 other countries.
Facilities: The school moved into purpose-built facilities in 1994. These include classrooms, science and computer laboratories, a library, a music room, a multipurpose hall, and sports fields.
Finances: Most of the School's income derives from registration fees and tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PS: $3,350; Kdg.-grade 2: $5,550; grades 3-5: $6,200; grades 6-8: $6,950: grades 9-10: $7,700; and grade 11: $8,250. There are 2 one-time only fees, charged when a new family joins the school. A non-refundable capital levy of $1000 is payable for each child and is a contribution to the School's building fund. A family deposit of $500 is payable for each new family. It is refunded when the family's last child leaves the school. (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.