The International School of Tanganyika, Ltd. (IST), established in 1963, is a private, coeducational day school, which offers a full educational program for pupils from the age of 3 to pre-university. A child must be 3 years of age before September 1st to be admitted to the early childhood program. The school year begins in mid-August and the first semester ends in January. The second semester starts in January and ends by mid-June. IST maintains a reputation as one of the leading international educational institutions on the African continent.
Organization: The School is governed by a Board of Directors, elected for 3-year terms of office by parents of pupils of the School, all of whom are eligible to vote and to hold office. The director reports to the board. There is 1 principal and 2 vice principals for each campus.
Curriculum: IST is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. The elementary school (EC 1-5) teaches the IB Primary Years Program. The secondary school consists of grades 6-12. Grades 6-10 follow the IB Middle Years Program. Students in their last two years of high school take the IB Diploma Program, a college preparation course of study. The school is a center for PSAT, SAT and TOEFL testing. IST provides English-as-Another-Language services to students through grade 10. Learning services are also available to qualified students but assistance is limited. IST is fully accredited by the Council of International Schools, the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the International Baccalaureate Organization.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 133 faculty members . 64 have advanced degrees.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 989.
Facilities: The School is situated on 2 campuses. The elementary school campus consists of 35 classrooms, 2 computer rooms, 2 music rooms, 2 art rooms, a multi purpose room, a library, an audio visual room, a covered court, a swimming pool and an athletic field. The secondary school campus, located a few miles away, consists of 31 classrooms, 8 science laboratories, a library, 2 art rooms, 3 computer rooms, an audio visual theatre, a multipurpose hall/gymnasium, music and drama rooms, swimming and diving pools, a covered court, and a sports field.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, tuition and other fees generate the majority of the School’s income. The current fees are as follows: EC1-2: $12,500; kdg.-grade 5: $14,100; grades 6-8: $16,800; grades 9-10: $17,900 and grades 11-12: 22,200. The current capital fee charged to all new parents is $6,000 and there is a $1,200 maintenance fee per child, a $100 alumni fee and a $500 family deposit. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)