The Windhoek International School (WIS) was founded in December 1990. It is the only IB World School in Namibia and undoubtedly has the most diverse community of learners in Windhoek. WIS is a coeducational day school offering educational programs for children aged 3 to 18.
Organization: The school is a not-for-profit entity governed by a volunteer board of directors of not fewer than seven and not more than 12. At the time of writing, all board members are current parents of children in the school. Directors are elected (not fewer than three) or appointed by the board (not fewer than three) and a representative of the U.S. Embassy is always included. The senior leadership (Educational Director and two division principals) serve on the board in an ex officio capacity.
Curriculum: The academic curriculum is international. The Elementary School (up to Grade 5) offers the Primary Years Program (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate. Throughout the elementary school and up to grade 10, the Australian curriculum provides scope and sequence for the teaching of math and English. In Grades 9 & 10 students study for International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) qualifications and the School offers the IB Diploma in Grades 11 & 12. The School’s medium of instruction throughout is English. French, German and Portuguese are offered as foreign languages. The School employs two full-time and qualified teachers of English as an Additional Language and a Learning Support Department of five. WIS is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Council of International Schools (CIS). WIS is an active member of the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) and is authorized by the IB to offer the PYP and DP.
Faculty: In the 2020-2021 school year the school employs 71 faculty members. The Director is British, the Elementary Principal is from the U.S., and the Secondary Principal is Namibian.
Enrollment: Enrollment hovers around the 400 mark. Rather more than half are Namibian. The rest at any one time come from 40 to 50 countries.
Facilities: The school moved to its purpose-built campus in 1994. It comprises 47 teaching classrooms, an auditorium, a multi-purpose sports field, a gym, a library, an IT lab, two art rooms, a learning support center and an administration block.
Finances: Just under 98% of the school’s income comes from fees. Annual tuition fees are as follows. Early Years 1 & 2: N$65,400; Early Years 3 – Grade 2: N$148,400; Grades 3 – 5: N$164,400; Grades 6 – 8: N$188,900; Grades 9 & 10: N$208,700; Grades 12 & 13: N$230,300. An enrollment fee of N$11,500 is paid upon entry and an annual capital fee of N$7,000 is paid per child. (All fees quoted in Namibian dollars.)
Information and statistics are current as of October 2020 and are provided by the school.