The International School of Ouagadougou (ISO) is a nonprofit, independent, coeducational day school that offers an English language educational program to children between the ages of 3 and 19 from PK-grade 12. The school was established in 1976, and its mission is to provide an education to children from wide ranging backgrounds, including children of diplomats, businesspeople and international development organizations. The school year is comprised of 180 days of instruction, organized into 2 semesters extending from August through January and from February into June. The International School of Ouagadougou cultivates diversity, respect, knowledge and character, and strives to develop global citizens who contribute towards a better, more peaceful world. ISO is fully accredited through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA).


Organization: The school is governed by an association, which elects a Board of Trustees. Membership in the association is automatically conferred on the parents or guardians of the children enrolled in the school and upon teachers, teaching assistants, and administrative and auxiliary staff who work at the school. A U.S. Ambassador’s representative also sits on the board as a non-voting member.


Curriculum: The school follows an American-style curriculum adapted to emphasize intercultural understanding, character development and community involvement. The ISO elementary school focuses on the total development of each child and provides many opportunities for personal and academic growth in a nurturing, structured environment. As learning progresses through the upper grades, an increasing emphasis on inquiry-led and independent study seeks to instill in each student a life-long love of learning. French is taught daily from K-grade 12. The newly introduced IB Program courses in grades 11 and 12 prepare students with the skills needed for success in tertiary institutions.  


Faculty: In the 2020-2021 school year there are 17 faculty members, including 7 U.S. citizens, 5 host-county nationals, and 5 third-country nationals. There are also 5 teaching assistants, 2 who are host-country nationals and 3 who are third-country nationals. The director, the dean of academics, the dean of students and the associate elementary school principal make up the ELT at ISO. A full-time team of 15 administrative personnel, a librarian, a part time doctor, a nurse, and a science lab technician support the faculty; all administrative staff reflect the diverse culture of the school.


Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment was 138 students. Of the total, 28 were U.S nationals, 32 were host-country nationals, and 78 were third-country nationals. Of the U.S. enrollment, none were dependents of U.S. government direct-hire or contract employees, and 28 were dependents of private U.S. citizens.


Facilities: The school is located on a 7-acre, purpose-built campus located adjacent to the city’s main residential section. The facility is walled and secured. ISO has a large, grassed playing field, dressing rooms, a multi-sport court, a swimming pool, basketball court, and tennis court. There are 10 major buildings housing the classrooms, administration, and resource areas, including a library of 15,000 volumes, an IT classroom, a science laboratory, a maker’s space for elementary school, a student center, and a snack bar. The school has a dedicated service line for internet and is completely networked. There are 77 computers for student use in the computer lab, library, and classrooms. Construction on a new secondary building was completed 7 years ago. This building houses a 300-seat auditorium, 2 science labs, 2 computer labs, 7 regular classrooms, and a student study area.


Finances: In the 2020-2021 school year, the annual tuition rates are as follows: PK3: €3,000 PK4: €5,202; grades K-5: €15,706; grades 6-8: €17,203; and grades 9-12: €17,766. There is a one-time non-refundable registration fee of €288 for grades K-12, as well as an annual €64 facility fee. The school charges a fee of €2,431 per student, per year, for classes in English-as-a-Second-Language (English for speakers of other languages). For PK3 and PK4, there is an extended day program charged €1,350 for PK3 in the morning and €1,750 in the afternoon for both PK3 and PK4. There is also an annual capital levy fee of €2,500 per student the first year, and €1,000 per student per year thereafter. For students starting PK, the initial capital levy fee is €500 and €1000 per student each year thereafter. (All fees are quoted in euros.)


This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. Prospective users of the schools may wish to inquire further of A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the-minute information. Information and statistics are current as of September 2020 and are provided by the school.

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