The International School of Port-of-Spain is a private, not for profit coeducational day school which offers an educational program for students in prekindergarten through grade 12. The School opened in September 1994. The school year comprises 2 semesters extending from late August to mid-January and mid January to late June.
Organization: The School is governed by a Board of Directors that includes 7 members, each of whom has an alternate. All 14 members normally attend Board meetings. Six of the directors are elected from the Parent-Teacher Organization, and 8 are representatives of major corporate sponsors of the School. The School is operated with the consent and support of the government of Trinidad and Tobago.
Curriculum: The curriculum is that of a U.S. academic college-preparatory school. Spanish is taught as a foreign language from prekindergarten. All students participate in art, music, physical education, drama, health, and computer studies as well as in core academic subjects. Separate elementary, middle and high schools provide a developmentally appropriate curriculum. Advanced Placement courses have been in place since August 1997 and a program exists for students with mild learning difficulties. The School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Ministry of Education in Trinidad and Tobago.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 105 faculty members. The Director is an experienced overseas school administrator and facilitates a number of educational initiatives within the school and local community.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 452.
Facilities: The School is located west of the capital city of Port of Spain. The School is housed on a purpose-built campus that opened in May 1999. The facilities are all air-conditioned and every classroom is connected to the Internet. Instructional spaces include a multipurpose hall, a cafeteria, 2 computer labs, 4 science labs, 2 art rooms, a library/media center, 30 classrooms, a fully air-conditioned gymnasium, athletic fields, asphalt play yards and enclosed activity areas. The new Fine Arts Center was completed in December 2007 which includes a 300 seat theatre.
Finances: Annual tuition rates are as follows for the 2011-2012 school year: PK: $10,270; Kdg.-grade 5: $14,841; grades 6-8: $15,138, and grades 9-12: $15,438. There is also a one-time per child, capital contribution to the building fund of $6,000. Application fees are $100. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)