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CityKampala
CurriculumIB
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 18 students / class
Maximum 22 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: 21,536,448 Shilling
to: 112,509,377 Shilling
Address: Plot 272/3 Lubowa Estate, Lubowa, Kampala, Uganda
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Number of students

634

Number of nationalities represented in the school

50

Most common nationality

American/Ugandan

Ratio of local students to international students

18% local : 82% international

Native English speaking teachers

Yes

Language support for students not fluent in English

Learning Support teachers in every Junior School grade provide extra language tuition for their students. Senior School students have a dedicated teacher with class teachers providing additional support.

Additional language classes offered by the school

In Junior School we offer Additional Languages from EC upwards and include a choice of Luganda, Chinese, French, Spanish or Arabic.

In Senior School we offer:
MYP Language Acquisition in Spanish, French & Mandarin. Additionally we offer DP Language Acquisition is French & Spanish at ab intio (beginner), standard & higher level

Max. number of students per class

Playgroup - 15
Early Childhood - 18
Kinder - 20
Grades 1-12 - 22

Average number of students per class

18

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Use of technology in the classroom

In Senior School students from Grade 6 and above will use their own computers throughout the school day under the direction and guidance of their teacher. This will give flexibility to teachers and allow them to deliver their lessons in a blended learning environment where students can learn “anything, anywhere, anytime”.

In Junior School Grade 4 and 5 students are given a laptop by the school to use under the supervision of their teachers. They also work with integrators who assist the teachers in delivering engaging activities where students learn authentically. Students from Early Childhood to Grade 3 have the use of iPads.

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)

Yes, we offered lessons through online classes during Covid but are now only face-to-face

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

No, we are a non-denominational school

External examinations or assessments available

Grade 10 - International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme e-assessments
Grade 12 - International Baccalaureate Diploma Exams

Results in these examinations

Above world average

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes

Approximate hours of homework given

In Junior School, students have a menu of homework for completing each week. This is designed to encourage conversations with family as well as research for their Units of Inquiry.
In Senior School, students will have approximately 10 minutes per their grade, ie Grade 6 will have 60 minutes, Grade 7 will have 70 minutes but project work can take all week and it may be more or less that this guide

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

98%

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

ISU has specialist learning support staff in Junior and Senior School.

Learning support offered

For the acquisition of English and for various learning needs, ie ADHD, CP, Downs Syndrome, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, etc

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

Our Student Support Services Team includes certified and experienced educators with backgrounds in special education, dyslexia, English as an additional language, gifted and talented, sensory integration and counselling. The team works in partnership with the students, parents and teachers.

As a community, we understand that everyone can learn and reach their full potential given access and ownership. We accept the responsibility for educating and enabling students, staff and parents in realising our philosophy. We strive to remove the barriers to an inclusive education and provide all learners with experiences that cultivate agency, embrace partnerships, and nurture strengths.

Student access to education psychologist

Yes, we provide access to private psychologists.

Entry evaluation for students

Yes

Brief description of entry evaluation required

We evaluate students by reviewing their academic reports and receiving a confidential school report from their current school. We review any psychologist reports and IEPs.

Waiting list

Yes in some grades

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

We recommend completed applications are submitted before the end of the previous academic year, we have wait lists. ISU has a rolling admissions which means that students can apply for entry at any time during the academic year and are encourage to apply as early as possible.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes

School start time

7:50AM

School finish time

Mon, Tue, Thurs & Fri - 3PM
Wed - 2:10PM
Mon, Tue, Thurs & Fri if doing after school activities - 4PM
Early Childhood finish at noon. Students can stay in supervised play until 3PM

Supervised care before/after school

Supervised care, after school, is available for Junior School students till 4PM.

School bus service available

Yes, we have a fleet of 17 buses that transport students around Kampala and Entebbe

School provided lunches

Yes

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

The school offers hot lunch, prepared at school and served by caterers who provide a set menu (approved by the school) with vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. The school does not serve pork and is able to meet most dietary requirements.

Uniform required

No, only for sports

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Mountain biking, tennis, mini golf, choir, photography, swimming, basketball, chess, still life drawing, yoga, rock climbing, hip hop, Taekwondo, robotics, cookery, Capoeira, tennis, jewellery making, inline skating, volleyball, peer coaching, football, track and field, rugby, school band, French, Chinese cooking, coding, film club, rugby, boxing, DJing and music mixing, fashion and design

Sports activities included

The P.E. department provides for the whole school an array of competitive and non competitive sporting opportunities, special events, extra curricular activities and service learning opportunities. Students have the opportunity to play football, volleyball, basketball, track and field, swimming, rugby, tennis and golf

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

ISU teams annually compete in the International Schools of Southern and Eastern Africa (ISSEA) in volleyball, basketball, track, swimming, rugby, tennis and golf, and International School’s Sports Association Kampala (ISSAK) leagues in volleyball, basketball and football.

Facilities at the school

Library (25,000 hard copy books/magazines/journals) plus an electronic library. 430 theatre, 4 science labs, 3 design tech labs, recording studio, 2 kitchens and dining hall, therapies room

Sports facilities at the school

Extensive sports facilities including 3 sports fields, multi-purpose sports hall with climbing wall, 400m running track, 2 swimming pools, 4 tennis courts, 2 basketball courts and fitness gym.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

The International School of Uganda (ISU), established in 1967, is a co-educational day school located on a green 33-acre campus in the quiet Kampala neighbourhood of Lubowa. ISU is a not-for-profit, parent-owned school, offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes for students 3 to 19 years old. Enrolment is approximately 635 students representing over 50 different nations, creating a culturally dynamic and synergistic student body with many languages and customs.

ISU is authorised by the International Baccalaureate to offer the Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes, one of 236 schools worldwide. ISU is also accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in the United States and the Council of International Schools, two prestigious international accreditation organisations.

Teaching approach of the school

The International Baccalaureate programmes are offered throughout the school (see www.ibo.org for more information) The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is inquiry based which gives the students a love of learning, the Middle Years Programme (MYP) is skills based to enable the students to understand the curriculum and the concepts behind their learning, the Diploma Programme (DP) is curriculum based to provide stringent academic background that will lead onto tertiary education.

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