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Parents Opening Ceremony: A Recap

On August, 16, the International School of Dakar began its 35th year. We are guided by our strategic plan which calls upon us to challenge, create, and change our students, our school, and ourselves.  Our ultimate goal is to develop successful learners who have the courage to tackle complex problems and be of service to others. Now more than ever, our children will need the skills to implement positive changes when they become adults. What makes ISD unique? We offer a challenging curriculum that serves students with a wide range of abilities.  The school has a veteran, expatriate teaching faculty and small class sizes ranging from 12 to 20 students.  We believe in excellence in all areas: academics, arts, sports and service.  ISD has a diverse, multi-cultural community with students coming from over 55 different countries.

School Governance As a private, non-profit school governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees, the major decisions of the school are made by parents.  Ninety-eight percent of our revenue comes from tuition and fees.  The school’s finances are carefully managed to provide the best program for our students today and in the future.  Anticipated enrollment for the 2018-2019 year is 600 students-- an increase of about 5% over last year at this time. Accreditation The rigor and quality of our academic program is bolstered by our accreditations from internationally recognized organizations. ISD is accredited by the Council of International Schools in Europe and Middle States Association in the United States. We are an International Baccalaureate World School. We have offered the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma Program for students in grades 11 and 12 for five years. Last year’s graduating class performed well on the end of program exams with the highest percentage of students who earned the diploma and highest scores on the exam in the school’s history

The International Baccalaureate Based on the school’s Strategic Plan, ISD has started implementing the IB Curriculum throughout the school. Last spring, we were approved as a Candidate School for the Middle Years Program (MYP), for grades 6 to 10; full implementation should take three years. The Elementary School is in the second year as a Candidate School for the Primary Years Program (PYP). I am pleased to say that we are expecting to be fully authorized to offer the PYP this year, a full year ahead of schedule.

The New Performing Arts Center Construction on the new Performing Arts Center (PAC) and Athletic Complex began last spring.  The PAC will have a 350 seat theater, smaller black box theater, and an art gallery. The Athletic Complex will have two full size basketball courts, fitness room, dance studio, and changing rooms.  The contractor has made good progress on the building. The scheduled completion date for the Performing Arts Center and Athletic Complex is May 2019.

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