Senegal, Dakar: International School of Dakar

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Date: 02/29/2012 Location: Senegal, Dakar Description: International School of Dakar - State Dept Image



The International School of Dakar (ISD), which opened in 1983, is the only non-sectarian English language school in Dakar. ISD is an independent, coeducational day school offering an enriched American educational program to reflect the diverse international background of the student body and the faculty. Classes for the school year 2010-2011 are offered for Pre3 through grade 12. The school year extends from late August to mid-June. Our core values reflect the mission, philosophy, and objectives of ISD: CORE: Creativity, Open-Mindedness, Responsibility, and Excellence.

Organization: The School is governed by a 9-member Board of Trustees elected by the International School Association of Dakar, the sponsoring body of the school. Membership in the association is automatically conferred on the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the School and to the teaching faculty. Ex-officio members of the board include the president of the Parent Teacher Organization and a teacher’s representative.

Curriculum: ISD follows a curriculum similar to that of most American and international schools. Instruction is in English. French is offered at four levels every day to students from K-12. Every student also has classes in art, music, computers, and physical education. Advanced Placement classes are offered in Biology, Calculus, French, English Literature, Psychology and Human Geography. The middle school program provides a partially integrated curriculum and includes trimester-long exploratory courses in health, study skills, media, drama and a daily advisory time. Preschool, for 3 and 4 year-old children, is a half-day program in a self-contained classroom. Grades K-5 have full-day programs in self-contained classrooms for core subjects. The school, committed to quality education in an international environment, provides specialized training in English-as-a-Second-Language, as well as limited Special Needs program. ISD is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Council of International Schools.

Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 47 full-time and 3 part-time faculty members. Ninety percent are certified teachers in their country of origin, and 35 hold master’s degrees (or equivalent). There are also 10 teacher aides in the elementary classes, and 2 full-time aides for the library.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 451.

Facilities: The new School, built in 1988, sits on 4 acres overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, on the outskirts of Dakar. It includes a library; 2 science labs; 2 computer labs, art and music rooms; a soccer field and playground; and a multipurpose gymnasium/auditorium. The Atlantic Club, adjoining the School, offers students access to tennis, swimming, basketball, and other sports. ISD is building a new 33-room addition to the campus, set to open in April 2012.

Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, approximately 94% of the School’s income derives from tuition fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows PS: $5,060; Kindergarten - Grade 5: $14,935; grades 6-8: $16,270; and grades 9-12: $18,300. Students pay an additional fee of $250 annually to support the School’s technology program. For new students, there is a $100 registration fee and a one-time-only capital building fund fee of $3,500 for those in Kindergarten-grade 12. A $500 fee is charged in May to all students re-registering. (All fees are quoted and payable in U.S. dollars.)


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