The Bishop Mackenzie International Schools (BMIS) is an international, coeducational, day school, which offers an educational program from kindergarten through grade 12 for pupils of all nationalities. The school year comprises of three trimesters extending from mid-August to early December, from early January through late March, and early April to late June.
Organization: The school operates as a not-for-profit trust under Malawi law, governed by a board of trustees elected from among the parents.
Curriculum: The curriculum for students in PK-grade 5 follows the Primary Years Program (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate (IB). The PK (reception) class admits children who reach age four by August 31, and kindergarten (Year 1) admits children who are five by August 31. Class teachers deliver cross-curricular units of inquiry which address learning in literacy, math, science, and social studies. Specialist teachers work with these units to cover modern foreign languages, art, music, and physical education. Students follow the IB Middle Years Program (MYP) in grades 6-10 and grades 11-12 follow the IB Diploma Program, which is externally examined in grade 12. An educational support program is in place to assist students with mild to moderate learning problems and/or students who need assistance with English-as-an-additional language. Student admission and placement is dependent on prior school records and reports, along with an assessment on entry to the school in order to match the student’s needs to the school program. BMIS is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Council of International Schools (CIS).
Faculty: In the 2020-2021 school year, there are 50 faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment was 551.
Facilities: The school occupies a 25-acre site on the southwestern edge of Lilongwe’s Area 3, a settled area of suburban housing. In the primary school, there are 21 teacher-based classrooms and specialist rooms for art, music, and French. In the secondary section, special facilities include 21 teacher classrooms, four fully equipped laboratories, two ICT laboratories, language acquisition lab, open collaborative “Breakout Space,” drama studio, and design lab. The library is shared, as are the sports fields and gardens. Hard play areas include two tennis courts and a basketball court. There are two assembly halls that double as sports halls and two outside volleyball courts. A swimming pool complex comprises of a 25 meter pool, an 18 meter pool, and an infant splash pool.
Finances: In the 2020-2021 school year, the school’s income is derived almost entirely from tuition fees. There is a two-tier fee structure for Malawian tax payers and non-tax payers. Annual (non-taxpayer) tuition rates are as follows: K-grade 5: $16,434; grades 6-10: $23,499; and grades 11-12: $25,110. There are parent deposits of $2,000 for the first child and $1,000 for second and subsequent children, with a refundable deposit (30 days’ notice) of $2,500. The school also charges an annual $100 registration fee per student and $50 refundable book deposit per student. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars and apply to students whose parents have tax-free status in Malawi.)
Information and statistics are current as of October 2020 and are provided by the school.