The Harare International School (HIS), founded in 1992, offers an English-medium comprehensive education from an early childhood (EC) program through grade 12 to students of the international expatriate community in Harare. The mission of the school is: A boldly diverse learning community that inspires curiosity, embraces challenge, nurtures personal growth. Our strategic priorities are: personal excellence, inclusion, and leaders linked locally & globally. Please visit our website for more information.
Governance: HIS is an independent, international school administered by a seven-member board of directors, of which five of the members are elected and two are U.S. Embassy appointees. The board can also appoint up to two additional members.
Curriculum: HIS is an International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum school authorized to offer the Primary Years Program, the Middle Years Program, and the IB Diploma Program. HIS is accredited by the Middle States Association (MSA), the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the International Baccalaureate Organization. The school uses AERO standards for language and math. The learning experience is designed to equip students with the knowledge and understanding necessary for successful transition to other international schools worldwide, and for reentry into the educational systems in many western home countries.
Faculty: In the 2023-2024 school year, HIS has 106 total staff including 62 teachers, 14 of whom are U.S. citizens, 28 host-country nationals, and 20 third-country nationals.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2023-2024 school year, enrollment was 368 students, including 96 U.S. citizens, 103 host-country nationals, and 169 third-country nationals.
Facilities: The school consists of buildings on 21 acres of beautiful land in Mount Pleasant. The elementary facility consists of 20 classrooms, a library, an art room, a music room, two outdoor playing courts, and a playground. The middle and high schools have 27 classrooms, four of which are fitted as science labs and an art center. The school also has a canteen facility. The physical education facility houses an enclosed gymnasium, a multipurpose room, a fitness center, an outdoor calisthenics park, and a shower/changing facility. In addition, the school has a 25-meter pool with eight swimming lanes, which meet FINA requirements as well as a newly built learn-to-swim pool. The performing arts centre houses a 556-seat theater, music and drama classrooms, music practice rooms, and support facilities for the theatre that include makeup/changing rooms and a stagecraft workshop.
Finances: In the 2023-2024 school year, annual tuition rates are as follows: EC1 (3 years old): $7,100; EC2: $9,800; K-grade 5:$21,500; grades 6-8: $23,500; grades 9-10: $28,900; and grade 11-12: $29,400. The school also charges a one-time registration fee K–grade 12 of $8,250; a one-time application fee K–grade 12 of $250 for all students in the elementary and middle and high schools; a capital levy fee EC1- EC2 of $1,100 and K- grade 12 of $1,300 per child per year ; and a tech levy of $100 per child for EC1 – Kindergarten, $250 per child per year grades 1–8, $500 per child per year grades 9-12 and an optional BYOD tech levy of $200 per child per year grades 9-12 only.
Special Needs: Review the Special Needs Profile for this school to learn more about their capability to support students with exceptionalities.
This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. Prospective users of the schools may wish to inquire further of A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the-minute information. Information and statistics are current as of September 2023 and are provided by the school