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International Schools in Ghana

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You will find below a list of the most popular international and bilingual schools for expats in Ghana with fee information. It includes nursery schools, primary and secondary (high) schools and you will find the right school to prepare for International Baccalaureate, and other diploma in Ghana. Some schools will follow the American or British curriculums with English speaking programs while others are regulated under the French or German education system.

Education in Ghana

A new Education Plan was initiated in 2007 which will provide universal free primary education by 2015. Former problems with inequable enrollment with more males than females has since equalled out. Most Ghanaians have relatively easy access to primary and secondary education, but costs such as school fees, uniforms and school equipment can be prohibitive for some families.

Most children in Ghana begin their education at nursery school at the age of three or four. From there, they enter kindergarten followed by primary, junior and senior high school. The official language of instruction throughout the Ghanaian educational system is English. At the end of Senior High School (12th grade), all students take the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in each of their seven or eight subjects. These exams are given nationwide in May-June each year with results available in October. Grading is tough with fewer than 3% receiving A grades.

International Schools

International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student (multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff) in Ghana. There may be some local population, but the schools are usually geared for an international student body. Schools follow a curriculum model from the US, UK, or France. Primary instruction may be any language (and multiple languages are usually taught), but it is usually in English or French. Schools provide similar standards of schooling around the globe, providing for an easy transition between schools whether they are in France or Vietnam. Schools also provide internationally accepted accreditation such as the international baccalaureate.

Admission and enrollment procedures vary from school to school. Space is often limited and preference may be given to students based on nationality. Tuition tends to be expensive based on local standards, but offers high standards of learning, boast smaller class sizes, first-rate facilities, and extracurricular. Boarding facilities are available at some schools, but most only provide day classes.

Accreditation & Membership

Accra

Ghana International School (GIS)
Address: Second Circular Rd
Accra, Ghana
Tel: 233 30 277 7163
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Delivers the English National Curriculum for children aged three years to eighteen. Upper Secondary School students follow the Cambridge International Examinations's IGCSE and GCE A-level courses. Accredited by the CoIS and NEASC.

Vilac International School (VIS)
East Legon Campus (Lower School) Address: Maple Leaf Hotel Road
Kingsby Junction, New Achimota, Accra, Ghana
Tel: (233)-0302-410516
Achimota Campus (Upper School) Address: Adjacent Redeemed Baptist Church,
off ARS-IPS, Achimota, Ghana
Tel: (233)-0302-410516
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

VIS is a coeducational institution that runs both the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and Ghana Education Service (GES) curricula. Provides English language instruction from Nursery through to Sixth Form. In Form 5, students are expected to sit the Cambridge International IGCSE examinations and in Upper Six, they will be required to sit the Cambridge International A-level examinations.

LAS Liberty School (LAS)
Address: #43 Kinshasha Crescent, East Legon,
Accra, Ghana, West Africa
Tel: +233 501 454 292 / +233 574 605 722
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

LAS is a Christian international school that offers an American curriculum of education. LAS provides an American curriculum for students from creche, preschool through to grade 12. The school year is divided into 2 semesters (August-December & January-June). It has been approved for candidacy by the International Baccalaureate (IB) for Grades 10 to 12, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) and by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI); and is also a member of the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA).

Lincoln Community School
Address: 126/21 Dedeibaa Street
Abelemkpe, Accra, Ghana, West Africa
Tel: abroad 233 30 277 4018; within Ghana 030 277 4018
Tuition Rates: US$11,800 - 19,950 per year

Lincoln Community School is a private, non-profit, college-preparatory, international school. There is an expatriate population as well as a large number of students whose parents are Ghanaian nationals. English is the language of instruction. Classes are offered from Preschool through to grade 12. The school year is divided into 2 semesters (August-December & January-June) and additionally into quarterly assessment periods. Lincoln Community School is authorised by the International Baccalaureate (IB) to offer the Primary Years (PYP), Middle Years (MYP) and Diploma Programmes (DP). It is accredited by the MSA, CoIS and is a member of AISA.

American International School (AIS)

Address: P.O. Box 16177
East Legon, Accra, Ghana
Tel: 233289547951
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Founded in 2006, the school provides an international education. community. AIS provides an American curriculum for students from grades Pre-K3 to 12th grade. The school offers limited bus service. It has been approved for candidacy by the MSA and by the ACSI, and is a member of the Network of International Christian Schools (NICS) which operates 20 schools worldwide.

Galaxy International School
Pre-School Address: 16 Noi Fetreke Street
Roman Ridge, West Airport, Accra, Ghana
Tel: 0302-780529 / 0249 493 078
Secondary Address: No 2 Kinshasha Avenue
CT 70, Cantonments Accra
Tel: 0302 911646 / 0249 0261216 / 0302 543027
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

An international school with three campuses (secondary school in East Legon, primary school in Roman Ridge, pre-school in the West Airport Residential Area). Day and boarding education to children of Ghanaian and Foreign nationals within and outside Ghana. The school is basically science-oriented with state of the art teaching and learning facilities.

Springforth International School
Address: Trasacco Valley Road
Adjiringanor - East Legon, Accra, Ghana
Tel: 233 302 933 518, +233 246 453 607
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

English language Primary School from Class 1 through Class 6. French is taught as a compulsory foreign language for students in the primary school. The school uses the British National Curriculum, Key Stages 1 & 2, as well as international textbooks and materials from the US and Ghana. Admission is open to all students at least 3 months of age, but is not guaranteed. All students are required to wear a uniform.

British International School (BIS)
Address: On the Ghana Link road
Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana
Tel: (233) 302520328
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

BIS offers the British National Curriculum for pre-school and the University of Cambridge International Examinations Curriculum for primary and secondary education. Exams including the CIPP (now Cambridge Check Point), Cambridge Secondary 1, IGCSE, AS and A Level for children aged 1-18 years.

Beacon School
Address: Ollenu Road, behind Peduase lodge, Akuapem Ridge
Accra, Ghana
Tel: 0244 313699 / 0288 864410 / 0302 917896
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

A private international Christian school catering to Kindergarten, Primary and Junior High from ages 2–14. Beacon School is part of the international Christian missionary organisation Youth With A Mission and welcomes children of all ethnic, religious, national and socio-economic backgrounds.

Ghana Christian International High School (GCHIS)
Address: P.O. Box MS 413
Mile Seven, Accra, Ghana
Tel: 233-21-404-047
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

The Ghana Christian High International School is a non-profit organization focusing on each student as a unique creation of God. Four-years of high school prepares the student for the Cambridge University General Certificate of Education. Ordinary and Advanced Levels (GCE/O and GCE/A) or their equivalent, West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) examination of North America. At the end of the first two years, students take the GCE Ordinary Level Examination.

French School in Accra

Ecole Française Jacques Prevert
Address: 6 Tanbu Street
East Legon, Accra, Ghana
Tel: 030 2503898, 030 2507171
E-mail: E-Mail: prevert@africaonline.com.gh
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Commonly called the "French School", this school offers the standard French curriculum for ages 3 to 14. Ages 11 to 14 receive instruction based on the CNED syllabus this concludes with the equivalent of 'O' (Ordinary) level exams (Brevet des Colleges: BEPC). he school receives help from the Agency for the Teaching of French in Foreign countries (AEFE) by which 14 resident school teachers are appointed. School year runs from early September to late June.

German School in Accra

German Swiss International School
Address: Ring Road Central, next to the Lufthansa building / P.O.Box 30326 K.I.A.
Accra, Ghana
Tel: 00233 (0)30 2 22 35 22
Tuition Rates: €4,950 - 8,800 per year

Bilingual (English-German) international school with English National and German curriculum. From nursery to class 10 (ages 1-15 years). The upper classes are taught at three different levels of performance. In Secondary, the German curriculum (Thüringen) is taught with elements of the Swiss curriculum.

Tema

Tema International School
Address: Off Tema - Akosombo Rd (Opposite Afariwaa Farms) / P.O. Box CO 864
Tema, Ghana
Tel: 233 303 305134
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school

Tema International School is a private co-educational boarding school. It offers the IB programme for students post International General Certificate of Secondary Education enabling them access to international degrees and study abroad.