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Senior School

Senior school covers grades 6-12 (roughly ages 11-18) and there is a very small 13th grade for those who, for one reason or another, have not reached their academic goals by the end of twelfth grade.

The academic programme throughout is broadly based, as well as rigorous, challenging and stimulating.  In grades 6-10, the students follow the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. In grades 11 and 12 the vast majority of classes are International Baccalaureate (IB) courses which are taken to fulfil the requirements of the ISD high school diploma and the IB diploma, and more than 90% of 11th and 12th grade students take the full IB diploma.

All teachers use a variety of teaching resources inside and outside the classroom; therefore no course is defined by any single text.  Field trips and special projects enhance and extend the classroom experiences.

You will find further details of the courses and qualifications offered in the student-parent and curriculum handbooks.

Within each grade, are homeroom groups of 15-20 students, which meet every day (08:40-08:50) with their homeroom teachers who transmit daily information to their students, monitor their progress, and work to ensure that each student has the benefit of individual attention within a small group.
The activities of the homeroom groups within a grade are coordinated by the year head, who bears the main responsibility for the pastoral care of the students, and liaises with the parents, principal, counsellors, learning support teachers, and others as appropriate.

The English as a Second Language and Learning Support departments help students who may be studying in English for the first time, or who may need extra academic support, and the personal and college-guidance counsellors guide students and provide professional support.

In grade 10 the students have a two-week Praktikum (work placement) during which they can sample the real world of employment by working outside school in a local company or business.

Class sizes are relatively small: the overall student-teacher ratio is about 8,38:1, most class sizes are in the range 12-18 and normally do not exceed 22.

Outside the classroom there is an extensive extra-curricular programme which encompasses a range of sports, artistic pursuits, and social-service activities, and the students are also enthusiastically involved in special charitable events including a walkathon, “Tanzania Night”, and “Battle of the Bands.”

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