International School of Havana (ISH) is a fully accredited (by NEASC and CIS), private, coeducational day school which offers an academic program from preschool (age two-and-a-half) through grade 12. ISH opened its doors in 1965, which was founded, and currently exists, to offer high quality education to the children of foreign diplomats and members of the expatriate business community in Havana. The school year comprises two academic semesters extending from late August to mid-June. ISH currently has 55 nationalities on campus.
ISH is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), Council of International Schools (CIS), the IBO, IGCSE, and Cambridge International Program. ISH is a member of the Association of American Schools in South America (AASSA), The Tri-Association – The Association of American Schools of Central America, Colombia, the Caribbean and Mexico, and a founding member of the Common Ground Collaborative (CGC).
Organization: A board of directors, made up of Heads of Diplomatic Missions (Ambassadors) from various countries, and appointed members of the diplomatic and non-diplomatic communities, totaling 12 members, governs the school. The Chair of the ISH Board must be a Head of Mission, and a minimum of four Ambassadors must be members at any given time.
Curriculum: As the only English international school in Cuba, ISH offers the International Baccalaureate
Diploma (IBDP) for grades 11-12, the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) for grades 9-10, a U.S. style Middle school for grades 6-9, and the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) for our primary school students in Kindergarten – grade 5. ISH also offers a Preschool program for children 2.5 to 4-year-olds. The language of instruction in all grades is English.
ISH students are engaged in a variety of activities designed to foster their physical, intellectual and emotional growth. Therefore, our skilled and talented faculty provide a well-rounded program of academics, fine arts, and athletics, complemented by a variety of after-school activities and clubs for all ages.
While academic excellence constitutes the foundation upon which the school is built, ISH is also dedicated to meeting the needs of the whole child. ISH is also able to support students who are learning English as an additional language, as well as students with mild learning needs.
Faculty: For the 2020-2021 academic school year, there are 50 full-time and 8 part-time faculty members
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment was 301. Primary-159, Middle School-75, High School-67. The diversity of the student body makes ISH a truly “world experience” for students. Fifty-five countries are currently represented on campus.
Facilities: ISH has two campuses, both located in the Miramar district of Havana and only two blocks from one another. One campus is for High School students, while the other campus is currently for the Primary and Middle School students. Both campuses consist of grade level and specialist classrooms, two libraries, a science division, a recreation area, indoor and outdoor cafeterias, and a multi-purpose room (MPR). Additional athletic facilities are found off-campus. ISH offers a bus transportation system, along predetermined routes.
Finances: For the 2020-2021 school year, annual tuition rates are as follows: EY-K1: $5,195; K2-grade 5: $12,195; grades 6-8: $12,345; grades 9-10 $13,975; and grades 11-12: $14,385. Tuition is payable by term or by special arrangement, on a monthly basis. All students are charged a one-time enrollment fee of $4,000. The annual capital development fee is $400. All fees quoted and payable in U.S. dollars.
Information and statistics are current as of September 2020 and provided by the school.