Head of School

Welcome to the International School of Lusaka. I hope the site will provide you with the information you need about ISL and its educational programmes. ISL has developed into a large and thriving school over the last 50 years and is now well into the next half-century. We are continuing our journey, always striving to improve but retaining the atmosphere of a happy, productive school community, where all are welcome.

ISL occupies a prime site, close to the centre of Lusaka, with extensive buildings and grounds that meet the needs of nearly 700 students. The school is split into two sections for administration, each with its own Principal. Primary school is made up of the Early Years (Nursery to Year 1) and Upper Primary (Years 2-6) while Secondary School covers Middle School (Year 7-9) and High School (Years 10-13).

In terms of curriculum, we follow the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP) from Nursery to Year 6, along with the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) in Years 7-9*, International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) in Years 10-11 and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) in Years 12-13. ISL is an International Baccalaureate World School (www.ibo.org). You can find out more about our results and where our students go on to study by looking at the School Profile, which accompanies students' university applications.

All High School students are also working towards gaining an ISL High School Diploma, which is based on credits earned for courses taken in the four years from Years 10-13.

The school has been accredited since 1996 and in 2017 was re-accredited for the next 10 years by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

The school motto is Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow. Our aim is to educate each child holistically to reach their full potential; as our Mission suggests, we are committed to the development of students who are open-minded, balanced, environmentally conscious and principled citizens of the world who will strive for excellence and cherish life-long learning. We believe that excellence will only be achieved by students who are learning in a happy and secure, yet challenging, environment.

A major challenge for all schools is to ensure students learn and develop the skills they will need to live and work in a world that is increasingly global and ever more technologically advanced. To do this we are moving from content-driven to skills-based learning in order to help students become self-engaged, life-long learners. As we move on further into our second 50 years, the challenge will be to embrace the opportunities that change offers, to provide students with the tools they need to understand and function effectively in the 21st Century, yet not to lose sight of our values and the individual care of students that makes ISL such a happy, thriving community.

I hope that you will want to discover more about the International School of Lusaka. The Primary and Secondary Principals and I look forward to meeting you should you come to visit us.

Mark Fox
Head of School