Deciding on the right school for your child is difficult. There is much to consider to ensure you and your child choose a school that meets your needs, expectations and delivers long-lasting results to ensure your child is armed with the skills to succeed in the world.Below we have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions, to which we have given answers to help you with your school selection process. If you have specific queries or simply want to ask more questions, please do email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Admissions Office on 0302 777 7163.
1. Which curriculum do you offer?
Ghana International School offers the English National Curriculum from Nursery right through to Sixth Form. In year 6, pupils take the externally marked Cambridge Primary Checkpoint examinations in English, Mathematics and Science. In Form 5 students are expected to sit the Cambridge International IGCSE examinations and in Upper Sixth, they will be required to sit the Cambridge International A-level examinations. The language of instruction is English.
2. Does GIS have boarding facilities?
Ghana International School is a day school and does not have any boarding facilities.
3. What time does your school day begin and what time does it end?
The school day begins at 7.45am and ends at 2.00pm for Infant school students, 2.40pm for Junior school on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 2.00pm on Wednesdays. The Secondary School students finish at 3.00pm.
4. How many breaks do the students have in a school day?
There are two breaks for the Primary School pupils. Secondary students have one break . The times vary per section and feature in the student handbook, which will be given to parents at the beginning of the school year.
5. Is there a school lunch service, or can my child bring in their own food?
School canteens are situated on both the Primary School campus and the Secondary School campus. A pre-paid cooked meals service is available for Primary School students. Secondary students are issued with a card which can be loaded with credit and swiped to pay for canteen services. Students also have the option of bringing in packed lunch to school.
6. How many nationalities are represented at the school?
Currently, there are 58 different nationalities represented at Ghana International School.
7. How big are your class sizes?
Class sizes are restricted to no more than 28 in a class. In the Primary Section, each class has a dedicated, qualified teacher and full time teaching assistant. In the Secondary School, form tutors are assigned to each class. Each department also has at least one dedicated full time teaching assistant.
8. Where are your teachers from?
Ghana International School is proud of the diversity amongst its student body and faculty. We have teachers from Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, the UK, the US, Canada, Burkina Faso, to name but a few.
9. Do you have a co-curricular programme?
Ghana International School has a co-curricular programme which means that non-academic activities are acknowledged as being just as important as classroom learning. In the Primary School there are more than 20 different clubs available for students in Class 2 to Class 6. Clubs include Drama club, Book club, Debate club, Football club, Choir and Drumming. In the Secondary School there is also a diverse range of clubs on offer including the Yearbook Committee, Community Service, Badminton, Music and many more.
10. Do you wear uniform?
Every child from Reception Class to Upper Sixth is required to wear uniform. Primary School boys must come to school in plain white, button-down short sleeve shirts and black, grey or dark blue shorts. Girls are required to wear a vertically striped green and white dress (the fabric and pattern can be purchased from the school hardware store). In the Secondary School, boys in Forms 1 to 5 are required to wear plain white, button-down short sleeve shirts and black or dark grey trousers or shorts and girls wear a blouse and below-the- knee length skirt or maxi skirt made from the GIS striped green and white fabric. In the Sixth Form, boys wear a sky blue short sleeve shirt with black trousers or shorts and girls wear a white blouse with their striped green and white skirt. There is no uniform for Nursery School students.
11. English is not my child's first language. Can we still enroll them?
As an international school, we recognize that our students come from very different backgrounds and many may not speak English as a first language. GIS has dedicated ESL teachers on both campuses to support students who speak English as a second language. Your child will be assessed in order for us to develop a personal learning plan that will meet the needs of your child and ensure a successful academic outcome.
12. My child has a disability. Will they still be accepted at the school?
The School’s motto: Understanding of Each Other is embedded in all that GIS does. We welcome children from all backgrounds, race, creeds and abilities. We have a number of children with learning difficulties and disabilities thriving at the school. As with all children, you child will be assessed and meetings will be held with the parents and teachers to ensure that GIS can accommodate your child’s needs effectively.