Cuba, Havana: International School of Havana

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Date: 07/27/2009 Description: International School of Havana with students © State Dept Image






International School of Havana is a private, coeducational day school which offers an academic program from preschool education (age 2 1/2) through grade 12 for students of all nationalities - 53 currently. The school has been in existence in various forms since 1965. The school was founded and exists with the intention of offering high quality education to the children of foreign diplomats and members of the expatriate business community in Havana. The school year comprises 3 academic terms extending from late August to late June in whole.

Organization: The school is governed by a Board of Directors made up of both heads of diplomatic missions from various countries and appointed members of the diplomatic and non-diplomatic communities.

Curriculum: In the early years program, the curriculum is adapted from the 6 areas of learning that make up the Foundation Stage in the National Curriculum of England and is enriched by themed units of enquiry from the International Primary Curriculum (I.P.C.) and variations added from different school systems. However, the program follows a fundamentally British model. The lower school curriculum is internationally based around the I.P.C. (International Primary Curriculum), the standards of the National Curriculum of England for Language Arts and the same standards for mathematics taught through the I.P.M. program (Improving Primary Mathematics). The I.P.C. provides enrichment from world wide to help us meet some of the particular needs of our multi-national student body. The lower school curriculum is structured to prepare students for the secondary school curriculum which is derived initially from the standards of the University of Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (I.G.C.S.E.). Students sit those examinations at the end of grade 10. Beyond that the International Baccalaureate (I.B) diploma program added in August 2006 and the I.S.H. graduation diploma added in August 2003 both involve a two year program of study leading to examinations at the end of grade 12 that serve as university matriculation qualifications. The language of instruction is English and we provide English- as-a-second-language help for those students arriving here with little or no English. We also offer courses to all students in Spanish at both first and foreign language levels from grade 1 onwards and Spanish is regarded as an important part of the experience a student has at I.S. Havana. As of this academic year French is being made available as the alternative to Second Academic Language (Spanish) for students in Grade 5 and older.

Faculty: The majority of the teaching staff is bi-lingual Cuban nationals. However, we make every effort to recruit and employ an international staff. There are Canadian, Dutch, and U.K. and Belgian nationals on staff.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment is 319 (PK-grade 5: 187; grades 6-8: 60; grades 9-12: 72). Class sizes have, on average, a very favourable teacher-pupil ratio. The diversity of the student body makes the I.S.H. a truly “world experience” for our students.

Facilities: The School has two campuses, located in the Miramar district of Havana. One is for students from the Early Years Programme (2.5 years to 4) and the other for Kinder to Grade 12 students. The main compound consists of 2 teaching blocks in adapted houses as well as purpose built classrooms in a connecting block and a library and science block in addition to a recreation area between the houses and the various other outbuildings. A very limited bus transportation system, along pre-determined routes is available to parents on a first come, first served basis. Our facilities include a well-resourced library and media center with Internet connection, science laboratories, computer laboratories and a playground with apparatus and play areas for the children.

Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $3,780; kdg.-grade 8: $9,936; grades 9-10: $11,300; grades 11-12: $11,556 payable by term. There is also a capital assessment fee of $300. All students (excluding students in grades 11-12) are charged a one time matriculation fee of $1,000. (All fees are payable in USD at exchange rate.) (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)

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