The International School Suva is a coeducational day school, which offers an educational program from early childhood (ECH) through year 12 for students of all nationalities. The school year, which comprises 4 terms, starts in late January and finishes in early December. International School Suva follows a southern hemisphere calendar with the school year beginning in the latter part of January and finishing in early December. There are four terms with 2-week breaks between Terms 1&2 and 3&4 and a 3-week break in June/July.
Organization: The school is governed by a 14-member school board, a minimum of 8 members of whom must be elected from the parent body. All serve terms of 3 years. The Head of School is an ex-officio member of the board. Since its inception in 1972, the school has been owned and operated by the International Schools Association, a not-for-profit legal entity. All parents at the school are automatically members of the International Schools Association upon enrollment of their child.
Curriculum: The school offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years, Middle Years, and Diploma Programs, and the ACT (Australian) curriculum. The curriculum also draws on instructional materials from Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. French and Chinese are offered as world languages in the secondary school, and in the primary section all students study either Fijian or Hindi studies. Over 90 percent of the 2018 graduates went on to college or university study both in Fiji and overseas. The school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), and the Fiji Ministry of Education. The school day starts at 7:45 am and lasts until 2:30 pm Monday to Friday, except Early Childhood I for which the school day ends at 1:00 pm. There are a number of lunchtime clubs and after-school activities.
Faculty: In the 2019 school year, there are 99 full-time faculty members.
Enrollment: At the end of term 2 (June 2019) enrollment stood at 675.
Facilities: The school is currently undertaking significant building and remodeling, and the first phase saw the opening of the new library, administration, amphitheater, and cafeteria block in mid-2015. This was followed by the remodeling of an existing space to form a dedicated middle school block of 9 classrooms for students in years 6-8 which opened in January 2016. A purpose-built primary classroom block opened for the 2017-2018 school year, a new auditorium and classroom building is being built now. Following this, the rebuilding of the remaining primary area will commence. The campus is wirelessly linked, and pods of laptops are situated throughout the school for student use. The school is well resourced with dedicated music, visual art, and drama rooms and a large multipurpose hall and gym. The school has a growing learning support facility and is able to accommodate students with a variety of learning needs.
Finances: The school derives nearly all income from tuition, and the building upgrades are funded through a building levy. Annual tuition rates for the 2019 school year are as follows: early childhood I: $5,200, early childhood II: $6,760, reception-year 5: $8,524, years 6-8: $9,406, years 9-10: $11,316, and years 11-12: $12,051. A fee increase of 11% is anticipated for the 2020 school year. Although quoted in U.S. dollars, fees are payable in Fiji dollars and are subject to change due to fluctuations in exchange rate.
Information and statistics are current as of September 2019 and are provided by the school.