The Windhoek International School (WIS) is a coeducational day school, which offers educational programs from Toddlers/Kindergarten through year 13. The school year runs from mid-August to mid-June.
Organization: The School is governed by a Board of Trustees. There shall be not less than 7 and not more than 11 Trustees, who shall constitute the Board and who shall be nominated, appointed and hold office subject to and in accordance with the provision of the Windhoek International School Trust Deed. Trustees may, in accordance with the procedure of their nomination, as provided in the Trust Deed, be designated and referred to as Parent Trustees (of whom there shall be at least 4), Special Trustees (of whom there shall be at least 4), and the Staff Trustee, who shall be a single Trustee, provided that the number of Parent Trustees and Special Trustees shall always be equal, and provided further that all Trustees shall, in holding office as Trustees otherwise in all respect be equal. The Director of the School and the Principals serve as ex-officio members of the Board.
Curriculum: The academic curriculum is international. The Primary School (KG 1 through Year 6) offers the Primary Years Program of the International Baccalaureate (IBPYP). This lays the foundation for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (I.G.C.S.E) in Years 10 and 11 and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) in Years 12-13. WIS was one of the first schools worldwide authorized to offer this program. The School’s medium of instruction is English. French, German and Portuguese are offered as first and second languages from Year 1 onward. Other mother-tongue languages may be offered in the afternoon program by demand. A well-qualified team supports English as a Second Language (ESL) learners. Students with learning difficulties, and highly able students are provided a range of learning support opportunities. All primary and secondary students through to Year 9 receive instruction in Art, Music, Information Technology and Physical Education in addition to Mathematics, Science, Language and Social Studies. Drama is taught in Years 1-9. Students at IGCSE and IB levels select individual subject options. WIS is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Council of International Schools (CIS), and is authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization to offer the IBPYP and the IB Diploma program.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 68 faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 391.
Facilities: The campus currently is comprised of 41 teaching classrooms, the Portuguese Language Centre, an auditorium, a multi-purpose sports hall, a sports field, multi-purpose sports facilities, 2 science labs, 2 art rooms, a computer lab, a library, a learning support center, and an administrative building.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, most of the School's income derives from an enrollment fee and tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: Toddlers: N$18,990; Kindergarten: N$25,490; Years 1-3: N$91,000; Years 4-6: N$100,160; Years 7-8: N$115,250: Years 10-11: N$127,330; and Years 12-13: N$145,510. The enrollment fee of N$7,000 is payable for each child on joining WIS from year 1. (All fees are quoted in Namibian dollars.)