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Kampala International School Uganda (KISU)

Kampala International School Uganda (KISU)

'P.O.Box 34249, Bukoto, Kampala, Uganda'

+256752711882; +256752711908

office@kisu.com; admissions@kisu.com


Kampala International School Uganda (KISU)
School type Coeducational Day
Founded 1993
Status Private
School Director Mr. Steve Lang
Language of Instruction English
Co-ed Age Range 2-18
Number of pupils 483
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP
Diploma Coordinator Matthew Holborow
Associations CIS, NEASC, IB
Recent tweets from @KISUUganda

Surely there can be no better preparation for life in our complex, globalised society than an education at a good international school? Yet a truly international school has to be far more than just an independent school that opts to follow curricula like those of Britain, America or the IBO rather than the national curriculum of the country in which it is set. A good international school is a vibrant, colourful, welcoming and outward-looking place where the things that make us different are celebrated but also where there is a sense of real joy in our shared humanity.

Kampala International School, Uganda (KISU) is such a school. The Council of International Schools inspection team recently commended a "clear commitment to internationalism and interculturalism". Likewise, the International Baccalaureate Organisation found "a learning environment based on understanding and respect".

KISU is blessed with a truly international student population: over 80% of the student body is made up of students from some 57 different nations. The school is centrally located in the attractive and cosmopolitan East African city of Kampala, where it sits on a beautifully landscaped campus in the Bukoto area and is now in its third decade of offering high-quality international education to the community.

KISU boats a world-class learning environment; it is equipped with four science labs, three computer labs, three music practice rooms, four performance areas, an indoor sports centre, a 25m eight-lane competition pool and five acres of lush green playing fields.

KISU recruits, and invests in the further professional development of, teachers from all over the world; at the last count they shared more than 100 years of IB teaching experience between them. Small class sizes and the support of numerous highly qualified Teaching Assistants ensure that teachers have capacity to spend high quality time with each individual in their class.

Over the course of the last year a number of developments have taken place to ensure that KISU keeps pace with the latest advances in education around the world: all IB Diploma students have been issued with their own free Chromebooks, fully loaded with the "Google for Education" suite of software; the school has also introduced Cognitive Abilities Testing to help teachers to better understand their students as learners and to add rigour to the way in which student progress is tracked and monitored; the school's new "LEGO Innovation Studio", housing more than $20,000 worth of learning resources for students of all ages across a wide range of subjects, has also opened for business recently; and finally "Accelerated Reader", an online platform for supporting, tracking and encouraging students in their private reading, is now in place.

Although KISU currently delivers the English National Curriculum for students aged 2-16, it is nevertheless a resolutely IB school in its ethos. All classes throughout the school work on a community service project during the course of the year. At Key Stage 3 "Learning to Learn" is now compulsory for all students and so too is the study of "Global Perspectives" at IGCSE level, both providing good preparation for the study of Theory of Knowledge later in the IB Diploma. A tour of classes in the school will demonstrate how, right throughout the schoo,l learning is planned to develop the qualities espoused in the IB learner profile such as creativity, resilience, reflection and risk taking. Wherever possible child centred, inquiry based learning is facilitated by teachers. In these ways the school carefully and consciously prepares students for success at the IB Diploma, when the time comes.

Academic success is, of course, important. Today's young people enter a truly global marketplace where competition is fierce and the school does everything it can to ensure its students have the best chance of succeeding. The school is on a journey to increasingly personalize the learning experience. Teachers differentiate lessons to help ensure that each student reaches his or her full academic potential; as a result, the academic performance of students at the school is on a strong upward trend.

However, education is about far more than just examination success: it is about embedding values, developing skills and shaping character. It is those who are resilient, resourceful and reflective, those who are confident, committed and conscientious, and those who have strong interpersonal skills, who succeed. These are the kinds of qualities and attributes that KISU seeks to develop in its young people. The school takes its mission to "educate today's children for tomorrow's world" seriously. It aspires for its graduates to be not only ready to enter tomorrow's world, but for them to be prepared to shape it, change it and lead it.