You will find below a list of the most popular international and bilingual schools for expats in Namibia with fee information. The list includes nursery schools, primary and secondary (high) schools for you to find the right school to prepare for the International Baccalaureate and other accreditation in Namibia. Schools may follow the American or British curriculum with an English speaking program while others run under the German language and system.
Education in Namibia
Education in Namibia is compulsory for 10 years between the ages of 6 and 16. Children are presented with a Junior Secondary School Certificate after successful completion of Grade 10. The final 2 years of secondary school are optional. Students who wish to continue to college must either pass their international general certificate of education moderated by Cambridge University, or their higher international general certificate of education.
The Namibian constitution maintains that education is to be provided for free, but families must pay for uniforms, books and school improvements. Namibian school terms generally begin in January and finish in December.
International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student (multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff) in Namibia. International schools provide similar standards of schooling around the globe, providing for an easy transition between schools whether they are in France or Vietnam.
There is usually local population, as well as an international student body. Schools may follow a curriculum model from the US, UK, France, etc. Primary instruction may be any language (and multiple languages are usually taught), but it is usually in English. 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
- Council of International Schools (CoIS) is a non-profit association of international schools and post-secondary institutions which provides educational accreditation, teacher and leadership recruitment services, links to higher education, governance assistance and help with founding new schools.
- New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC) is a regional accrediting association which establishes standards for all levels of education, from pre-K to doctoral.
- Council of British International Schools (COBIS) offers membership to British independent schools of Europe and worldwide.
- Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) is a membership network for international Schools in Africa established to serve the professional development needs of its membership.
International School in Windhoek
Windhoek International School (WIS)
Address: Scheppmann Street, Pioneerspark
Private Bag 16007 Windhoek, Namibia
Tel: 264 61 232468
Tuition Rates: N$ 25,473 - 162,042 per year
WIS is a coeducational day school, which offers educational programs from Toddlers through to Year 13. It is an IB World School and the academic curriculum is international with the primary school (KG 1 through Year 6) offering Primary Years Program of the International Baccalaureate (IBPYP) and International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) in Years 10 and 11 with the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) in Years 12-13. The school is the only institution in Namibia to follow a northern academic year which runs from mid-August to mid-June with two semesters comprising of 4 terms. The school's medium of instruction is English with French, German and Portuguese offered as first and second languages from Year 1 onward. Other mother-tongue languages may be offered in the afternoon program by demand. The school is approved by AISA, COBIS, and NEASC.
St. Paul's College
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 11763, Windhoek, Namibia
Address: 393 Sam Nujoma Drive, Windhoek, Namibia
Tel: 264 61 227783
Tuition Rates: N$ 37,460 - 51,400 per year
International co-educational Christian school from grade 1 to 12. English is the primary language of instruction with Afrikaans and German offered as a 2nd language. Academics are based on the Nambian Curriculum.
St. George's Diocesan School
Address: 17 - 21 Sinclair Road
Tel: 264 61237456
Tuition Rates: N$ 33,100 - 50,650 per year
An English language international Christian school from pre-primary to college level. Afrikaans and German are offered as a 2nd language.
German International School in Windhoek
Deutsche Höhere Privatschule / DHPS Windhoek Namibia
Address: Postfach 78, Church Strasse 11–15
Tel: 264 (0)61 373 100
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school
German based international school with bilingual (German/English) instruction from pre-primary to senior secondary.
International School in Walvis Bay
International School of Walvis Bay (ISWB)
Address: No 11, 11th Road
Walvis Bay, Namibia
Tel: 264 64 204789
Tuition Rates: N$ 15,600 - 43,800 per year
An independent, international school from pre-Primary to IGCSE and AS level (ages 2 to 18).