ISU @ 50

The first half-century has been filled with successes and challenges, and during this time we have always kept the well-being and education of our students as our focus. While we have always been committed to providing a world class education, since introducing the International Baccalaureate programmes, our focus has been on developing the whole child – socially, physically, emotionally and, of course, academically.

The International School of Uganda (ISU) was the first school in Uganda to introduce the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme in Uganda in 1995. Today, ISU offers the three academically demanding IB Programmes; Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme for students ages 3 to 19 years of age. Our students graduate from ISU equipped with the skills to make a difference in a changing world.

ISU is dedicated to ensuring that all our students meet their full potential. We believe that optimal learning happens when students are at the centre of learning. Teachers build on students’ prior knowledge and skills and help them develop conceptual understandings that are transferable across contexts. Students work with others, learning collaboration skills as well as developing independence and confidence. Learning covers a wide range of subject areas including an emphasis on community engagement activities and interdisciplinary exploration.

To help students learn through these innovative approaches, ISU is committed to teacher professional development. By policy, a percentage of the annual budget is devoted to providing ongoing training for our faculty and staff.

The lush 33 acre purpose-built campus is located in Lubowa, Kampala. It includes four fully equipped science laboratories, three computer laboratories with access to the Internet and wireless connectivity campus-wide, a state-of-the art Science Centre, a library of 20,000 volumes, dining hall, 2 sports fields, sports hall, track, 2 swimming pools, 4 tennis courts, golf practice range and separate facilities for Early Childhood education. The school has a fleet of 17 buses that serve fifteen routes and transport students to and from school.

We believe that students learn from doing and from applying what they learn to real life experiences, both within the school and the outside community, to prepare them for life outside school. We are confident that this emphasis will continue through the next 50 years of ISU’s history.