I’ve accepted a position as the head of Curriculum for the International School of Dakar. It’s located in Senegal, West Africa. The school is Preschool through grade 12, housed on one campus, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. I’m including some general information about International Schools and specifically ISD.
International Schools are loosely defined as “schools that promotes international education, in an international environment, either by adopting an international curriculum such as that of the International Baccalaureate, or by following a national curriculum different from that of the country the school is located in” (specifically American in this case).
Here’s criteria used by many to ‘describe’ international schools:
- Transferability of the student’s education across international schools.
- Multinational and multilingual student body and teacher population
- An international curriculum.( e.g. IB – DP, MYP, PYP)
- International accreditation
- English as the language of instruction
These schools cater mainly to students who are not nationals of the host country, such as the children of the staff of international businesses, international organizations, foreign embassies, missions, or missionary programs.
Here’s information about the specific school from their website :
The International School of Dakar
The International School of Dakar is a growing, vital, vibrant learning community which serves the needs of Dakar-based expatriates seeking a western-style education in English. Our graduates have gone on to top universities in both the US and Europe. ISD provides an excellent core educational program augmented with a diverse range of special subjects and extra-curricular activities. French, PE, Art and Music are a part of each elementary student’s schedule. AP classes and other enriching courses are offered for high school students.
ISD is not just about classwork, though, it provides opportunities to educate the whole child, and students at ISD will be involved in service learning, athletics competitions, clubs and other activities. ISD provides an impressive array of ways to get involved in the school and community.
A key word at ISD, ‘community.’ ISD is a community as much as a school; membership in the community provides many benefits. Nurturing, challenging, and enriching are just a few words that describe this special place
The International School of Dakar ISD) is an independent English-medium international school which offers, in a nurturing environment, a rigorous, US-based, PK-12 curriculum enriched to reflect the needs and diversity of its international student body and faculty. ISD inspires students to become lifelong learners and responsible global citizens in a rapidly-changing world.
The International School of Dakar (ISD) believes that offering the best possible education program, curriculum, and instruction based on the highest standards will provide students the opportunity to maximize their potential. ISD believes quality education is attainable when students are valued as individuals in a community, prepared to think globally, and challenged to act responsibly.
- provide a well-rounded program of instruction using best educational practices appropriate to the diverse cultural, intellectual, and social needs of our international student body
- provide a US-based, non-sectarian, college preparatory, PK-12 curriculum with English as the language of instruction
- provide educational resources for a safe, challenging, tolerant, and supportive environment in which students are actively encouraged to participate
- prepare students to be independent thinkers, skillful communicators, and lifelong learners
- foster a sense of individual responsibility, self-discipline, self-reliance, and respect for self and others
- promote a creative, active lifestyle
- orient students to the world of technology and media, developing familiarity, competence, and awareness of the tools they will need as they continue their learning process beyond high school
- encourage students, teachers, school administrators, parents, and board members to play an active role in promoting educational excellence at ISD
- recruit highly-qualified and motivated faculty and staff and provide opportunities to foster their professional development
- provide opportunities for families and friends of ISD to strengthen community bonds through a range of inclusive activities and programs
- encourage acceptance and tolerance of the diversity of moral, traditional, and religious values