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 four terms, starts in late January and finishes in early December. International School Suva follows a southern hemisphere calendar with the school year aligned with the calendar year rather than a September-to-June calendar. There are four terms with two-week breaks between Terms one & two, as well as three & four, in addition to a three-week break in June/July.
Organization: The school is governed by a 14-member school board, a minimum of six members of whom must be elected from the parent body. All serve terms of three years. There are two staff representatives appointed annually and 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 2021-2022 school year, ISS has 152 total staff including 98 teachers. Our faculty and staff represent eleven nationalities including UK, French, Australian, New Zealander, Bangladeshi, Indian, Filipino, Indonesian, Spanish, and South African. All teaching staff must have bachelor’s degrees or higher, be qualifies teachers under their home country’s standards, and be registered by the Fiji Ministry of Education.
Enrollment: In the 2021-2022 school year enrollment stood at 573. ISS has 51 nationalities represented
Facilities: The school is currently undertaking significant building and remodeling to upgrade the campus, 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 nine 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 has just been completed. and a new early childhood facility is planned for the coming years. The campus is wirelessly linked, and laptops are available throughout the school for student use. Year 10-12 students must have a personal laptop that they own (BYOD). The school has dedicated music, visual arts, 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 2021 school year are as follows: early childhood I: $7,185, early childhood II: $9,340, reception-year 5: $11,673 years 6-8: $12,882, years 9-10: $15,228, and years 11-12: $15,926. Although quoted in U.S. dollars, fees are payable in Fiji dollars and are subject to change due to fluctuations in exchange rate.
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 2021 and are provided by the school.