The International School of Kigali (ISK) is a non-profit parent owned, independent, coeducational day school for pre-K through 12th grades. The school was established in 2009 and its mission is to provide a nonsectarian education to the children of diplomats, businesses and international development groups that prepare these children as global citizens and leaders.
Organization: The school is governed by a Board of Directors with 1 member appointed by the American Ambassador. The Board of Directors is elected by the parents of the school community.
Curriculum: ISK offers an international curriculum based on the AERO and McREL benchmarks and Standards. The curriculum is supplemented to meet the needs of its international student body. Pre-school is a blend of social and academic development. Both pre-school and kindergarten are based on the Montessori method of teaching. Grades 1 through 4 are self-contained classrooms. Grades 5 to 6 and 7 to 8 are divided between science/math and English/social studies. Grades 9th through 12 are based on a high school philosophy with separate teachers in each academic area. All students in K-12 study French. Art, physical education as well as various elective subjects are offered. ISK is seeking accreditation through CIS and NEASC. ISK will have its first accreditation visit in September of 2011.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 academic year, there are 29 full-time faculty, 2 classroom assistants and a Director who represent diverse nationalities. Nine nationalities are represented. The student/teacher ration is 7.6 to 1.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 academic year enrollment was at 190 students.
Facilities: The school is located in the center of Kigali in one of the main residential areas. It is currently composed of classrooms converted from townhouses and residential dwellings. The playing field is a large vacant area adjacent to the 2 main residential buildings. Because classroom space is limited class size is kept small. Plans are currently underway to acquire land and to build a purpose –built building allowing the school to accommodate its rapidly expanding population. The school has a dedicated line for internet and is completely networked.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, the majority of the School’s income has been generated from tuition and fees with the addition of a grant form the Office of Overseas Schools. The current, annual tuition rates are as follows: Pre-K (half-day): $4,705, Pre-K (full-day): $7,875, Grades K-4: $9,975, Grades 5-8: $11,025, and Grades 9-12: $12,338. Students also charged an application fee of $50 and a registration fee of $200 and a development fee of $1000. (Tuition and Fees are quoted in U.S. Dollars).