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Deciding on the right school for your child is difficult and sometimes challenging. There is much to consider to ensure you and your child choose a school that meets your needs, expectations and delivers long-lasting results to ensure your child is armed with the requisite skills to succeed in the world.
We have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions to which we have given answers to help you with your school selection process. If you do not find what you are looking for, please contact us and we will respond as soon as possible. For more comprehensive information please see our Student Handbook.

For further information, please contact the admissions office.

Does my child really need to go through A Level after Grade 11?

Yes, It’s always better for students to complete A-Level. Not only does it prepare students for University, but we’ve also realized that most Universities do not admit IGCSE holders.

My child has a disability. Will they still be accepted at the school?

The School’s motto: ‘Tuko Pamoja – We are together’ is embedded in all that IIS does. We welcome children from all backgrounds, race, creeds and abilities. We have a number of children with learning difficulties and disabilities thriving at the school. As with all children, your child will be assessed and meetings will be held with the parents and teachers to ensure that IIS can accommodate your child’s needs effectively.

Will my child be expected to sit an entrance exam?

All children will be invited to sit for an assessment. This helps us to know the individual capabilities of your child and how best we can work with the child in the future in order for them to reach their full potential. Students hoping to join the High School will face more rigorous assessments as there are limited spaces available.

English is not my child's first language. Can we still enroll them?

As an international school, we recognize that our students come from very different backgrounds and many may not speak English as a first language. IIS has dedicated teachers to support students who speak English as a second language. Your child will be assessed in order for us to develop a personal learning plan that will meet the needs of your child and ensure a successful academic outcome.

When will I know if my child has been given a place at the school?

When you register your child and have paid the appropriate registration fee, the admissions office will advise if you will be able to gain a place or inform you if your child has been placed on a waiting list for just one academic year. A letter or email will be sent to you at a later date to confirm the status of your child’s progress in the admission process.

I want to register my child. What do I do?

Please visit the admissions office, located in the School Administration Block to pick up an information pack, complete with application form and literature on the school. The admissions office  will be happy to advise you on availability and any other queries you may have. All prospective parents and visitors are welcome to tour the school. Please enquire about IIS tours when picking up your registration form. Alternatively, you can fill the application form online at the admissions section of this website. The admissions office will confirm receipt of the application and inform you if a space becomes available.

Where are your teachers from?

Iringa International School is proud of the diversity among its student body and faculty. We have teachers from Tanzania, UK, Egypt, Ghana, and the USA, to name but a few.

How big are your class sizes?

Class sizes are restricted to no more than 15 in a class. In the Primary Section, each class has a dedicated, qualified teacher and full time teaching assistant. In the High School, form tutors are assigned to each class.

How many breaks do the students have in a school day?

There are two breaks for every student. The times vary per grade/key stage and feature in the student handbook, which will be given to you at the beginning of the school year.

What time does your school day begin and what time does it end?

The school day begins at 7.50.am to 3. pm for all Schools from Primary to High School. Club meetings are from Tuesdays to Thursdays, and extends the closing time from 3. pm to 4. pm.

What curriculum do you offer?

Iringa International School offers the English National Curriculum from Nursery right through to Sixth Form. The Primary School offers the International Baccalaureate Curriculum and the Secondary School offers the Cambridge Curriculum. In Form 5 students are expected to sit the Cambridge International IGCSE examinations and in Upper Six, they will be required to sit the Cambridge International A-level examinations. The language of instruction is English.

Find more about our Curriculums HERE

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