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CityKampala
CurriculumFrench
Languages of instructionEnglish and French
Age RangeAges 2 to 18
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English and French
Native English and French teachers
Extra languages (other than English and French)
Class sizes Average 18 students / class
Maximum 26 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: 16,074,817 Shilling
to: 30,581,360 Shilling
Address: P.O.Box 7212 Lugogo By-Pass, Kampala, Uganda

The school accepts students from 2,5 years to 19 years.
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Number of students

268

Number of nationalities represented in the school

31

Most common nationality

French nationality

Ratio of local students to international students

22% Ugandan students - 78% international students (among which 29% French nationals)

Native English and French speaking teachers

Yes

Language support for students not fluent in English and French

Yes additional French as foreign language classes are offered to students in primary (from 4 year old to 12 year old)

Additional language classes offered by the school

English (Cambridge curriculum) from 4 year old and Spanish from 12 years old.

Max. number of students per class

26

Average number of students per class

In pre school : 22 students per classroom
Primary : 23.5 students per classroom
In middle and high school : 10 students per classroom

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

In preschool school.

Use of technology in the classroom

In primary, all classrooms are equipped with interactive projectors and with 2 to 4 computers to be used by students.
In primary and secondary, tablets are available for teaching in the classrooms when needed and access to IT room.

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

The French school offered virtual teaching via google classroom and zoom during covid pandemic time and is ready to use it again if needed.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

No, the school is secular.

External examinations or assessments available

They complete the French exam "Brevet des collèges" at the end of middle school and they complete the "French Baccalaureate" at the end of high school (worldwide renowned and recognized by Higher Education Institutions). They also take optional exams : Cambridge and DELF (Diploma in French language studies).

Results in these examinations

2021-2022 school year results
Baccalaureate : 100 % passed with honors
End of middle school exam 'Brevet des collèges': 43% with highest honour, 29% with high honours, 29% with honours.
Cambridge exam : 48 % with grade A, 48 % with grade B and 5% with grade C

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes, homework starts in primary with memory and oral work to perform at home and written homework starts from middle school.

Approximate hours of homework given

Per day, from 10 minutes to 20 minutes in primary and from 30 min up to 1 hour from middle school.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

100%

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

The school psychologist supports the teachers with the implementation of personalized plans for children with special learning needs.
When necessary, the student's family hires a learning assistant dedicated to the child that will be present in the classroom.

Learning support offered

The school psychologist and the teachers work on the follow up of the adaptations formalized in personalized plans implemented in the classroom.
They also can recommend external evaluation (example: speech therapists) and implement the recommendation from the professionals.
The school psychologist supports the family through the hiring process of a learning assistant when needed and is in charge of training him/her.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

The teachers can decide along with the family, the administration and the school psychologist, to have a student join a higher level class in specific subject when the child is having advanced skills in it. This is formalized in a personalized plan that is implemented and enable students to be challenged in their learning process.

Student access to education psychologist

Yes, the school has a school psychologist.

Entry evaluation for students

If your child is not coming from a French school he/she will have to be tested to place him/her in the right grade (from primary to high school - not required for pre school).

Brief description of entry evaluation required

There is a test in mathematics and in English (for English speaking students) and French (for French speaking students). For middle school and high school students there can be another test in other subjects (sciences, history and geography, etc.)

Waiting list

There is a waiting list for specific levels.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

Start of the academic year is in early September and enrollments are in previous March and April.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes

School start time

Preschool and primary: 8:00 am
Middle and high school: 7:55 am

School finish time

From Mondays to Fridays:
Pre school: 2:15 pm
Primary: 2:30 pm
Middle and high school: 2:40 pm

Supervised care before/after school

From 7.40 am, the gate opens and from 2.15 to 3.45 we offer clubs and supervised studies.

School bus service available

No

School provided lunches

Yes, there is a lunch provided at school at a fee.

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

No

Uniform required

No. However there is a sport uniform for middle school and high school students.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Art, ballet, basketball, breakdance, circus, chemistry, chess, creative movements, drama, etiquette, fashion, football, French, botanical, hip-hop, modern pentathlon, pottery, music, skateboard, taekwondo, Ugandan traditional dances and music, volleyball.
Clubs' offer changes every term and might vary.

Sports activities included

The school curriculum does include physical activities from pre school up to high school raging from athletics to swimming, along with team sports.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Along the year the school participates in tournament with other international schools in Kampala: football, basketball, track and field, swimming.

Facilities at the school

Library, science lab, IT room.

Sports facilities at the school

All weather court, football pitch with synthetic grass and 2 multisport pitches (basketball, volleyball, badminton, handball).

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

A multicultural school on a human scale, a multilingual education of excellence, a staff concerned with the well-being and success of each and a school community committed to sustainable development.

Teaching approach of the school

The French school is accredited by the French ministry of national education. In that capacity , it provides curriculum in compliance with the one followed by French pupils. The nursery (2 to 5 years old) offers a pedagogical approach aiming to appropriate oral language, to discover writing , develop communication in all its different aspects , foster independence and creativity. From Grande Section class (last year of nursery), learning of English is introduced. At elementary school (6 to 10 years old) , pupils strengthen their knowledge by learning to read and write , by discovering the world and by becoming familiar with mathematics. They will have their first science and history projects to discover the world around them. During all that period, the pupils gain in autonomy and in self-confidence. From collège (middle school – 11 to 15 years old), the pupils prepare for French degrees (Diplôme national du brevet , Baccalauréat) by following a teaching in literature , mathematics, science, history , geography, language and sports. The teaching methods aim to develop autonomy, creativity, critical thinking and fulfillment as a future citizen.

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