The International School of Port-of-Spain is a private, not for profit coeducational day school, which offers an educational program for students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. The school opened in September 1994. The school year comprises two semesters extending from late August to mid-January and mid-January to late June.
Organization: The school is governed by a board of directors that includes seven-members, each of whom has an alternate. All 14 members normally attend board meetings. Six of the directors are elected from the Parent Teacher Organization, and eight are representatives of major corporate sponsors of the school, including the U.S. Embassy. The school is operated with the consent and support of the government of Trinidad and Tobago.
Curriculum: The curriculum is that of a U.S. academic college-preparatory school. Spanish is taught as a foreign language from prekindergarten. All students participate in art, music, physical education, drama, health, and computer studies as well as in core academic subjects. Separate elementary, middle and high schools provide a developmentally appropriate curriculum. Advanced Placement courses have been in place since August 1997 and a program exists for students with mild learning difficulties. The school is accredited by Cognia and the Ministry of Education in Trinidad and Tobago. The school is also accredited by the International Baccalaureate (IB) to offer the Primary Years Program (PYP) and the Middle Years Program (MYP).
Faculty: In the 2022-2023 school year, the school has 62 total staff including 45 teachers, 7 of whom are U.S. citizens, 32 host-country nationals, and 6 third-country nationals.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year, enrollment was 245. Of the total, 55 were U.S. citizens, 109 were host-country nationals, and 81 were third-country nationals.
Facilities: The school is a purpose-built campus that opened in May 1999, located west of the capital city of Port-of-Spain close to amenities including, shopping mall, neighborhood park, grocery, hospital and pharmacy. The school facilities are all air-conditioned, with connectivity in every classroom via a campus wide wireless internet service. Instructional spaces include over 30 classrooms, a robotics lab, an innovation space, woodwork shop, four science labs, a library/media center, and aquaponics and hydroponics garden, a fine arts center, that includes a 300-seat theater, two music rooms, a dance room and two art rooms, a fabric-tension multi-purpose, a multi-court gymnasium, athletic fields including a jogging track, covered multi-purpose court, a cafeteria and playground area.
Finances: Annual tuition rates are as follows for the 2022-2023 school year: PK 3: $10,800; PK 4: $15,800; K-Grade 5: $20,500; Grades 6-8: $20,800 and Grades 9-12: $21,200. There is also a one-time per child, capital contribution to the building fund of $6,000. For PK3 the capital contribution is $2,000 and a remainder of $4,000 to be paid off in the PK4 year. There is a $100 per applicant application fee. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)
Special Needs: Download the Special Needs Profile (2023 Special Needs- Trinidad and Tobago, Port of Spain) 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 2022 and provided by the school.