An international school is an institution that promotes international education, within an international environment, either by adopting a curriculum such as that of the International Baccalaureate, Edexcel or Cambridge International Exams or using a national curriculum which is totally different from that of the school’s country of residence.
In Ghana, most international schools cater mainly for students who are not nationals, such as the children of the staff of international businesses, international organizations, foreign embassies, missions, or missionary programs. Few local students also attend these schools to learn the language of the international school or to obtain qualifications for work or higher education in a foreign country.
International schools include nursery schools, primary schools and secondary or high schools. Some schools follow the American or British curriculums with English speaking programs while others are regulated under the French or German education system.
International schools provide almost similar standards of schooling around the globe, providing for an easy transition between schools whether they are from Ghana to the United Kingdom or Iceland. International schools also provide internationally accepted accreditation.
Admission and enrollment procedures vary from school to school. Space is often limited and preference may be given to students based on nationality. Tuition fees tend 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.
Below, you will find the list of 31 popular international schools you must know about in Ghana.
1. Ghana International School (GIS)
Ghana International School (GIS) is one of Ghana’s leading international schools providing world-class holistic education to children between the ages of 3 years and 18 years.
The institution offers a curriculum modeled along the English National Curriculum and Cambridge International Examinations, IGCSE and GCE Advanced level with English language as the medium of teaching.
Ghana International School after years of application and hard work is the first in Ghana to be accredited by both the Council of Essential Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
The school is also an active member of the Association of Essential Schools in Africa (AISA). As of September 2015, GIS enrolls approximately 1400 pupils and students from over 50 countries across the world.
Check out the school’s website here: http://gis.edu.gh/
SOS-Hermann Gmeiner International College
SOS-Hermann Gmeiner International College (locally called HGIC) is a school in Tema, Ghana. It is a selective preparatory college that educates students from across Africa as well as from America, Europe, and Asia.
With a Pan-African mission and philosophy, the school prepares young leaders who go on to top universities around the globe; with recent alumni going on to Yale, Harvard, Dartmouth, Stanford, MIT, University of Edinburgh, University of British Columbia, and the University of Cape Town.
The school offers two curriculums. Over the course of a 4-year program, students in the first two years complete the IGCSE and students in the latter two years complete the International Baccalaureate diploma or certificate.
SOS-HGIC has two campuses. The academic campus consists of classrooms, the library, computer labs, science labs, administrative offices, auditorium, dining area, and performing and visual arts spaces. The residential campus referred to as the hostels, consists of student residence halls, a central dining hall, track, soccer field, tennis courts, outdoor swimming pool, and gym.
Both campuses are fully wireless and have provided 24-hour security. Students typically walk between the two campuses, though shuttle service is available during inclement weather or late-night events.
Check out the school’s website here: http://soshgic.edu.gh/
Galaxy International school
Galaxy International School is an international school located in Accra, Ghana. The school has three campuses, a secondary school located in Ashaley Botwe, a primary school and preschool located in East Legon, all in Accra.
The school has its pre-school and primary sections at Kinshasa Avenue and secondary section at Adjiringanor in the cozy environment of East Legon in Accra.
The school’s ultramodern structures impose themselves on passers-by meters away from the main street which leads that part of East Legon to the rest of the capital.
With a mission to prepare students for leadership roles and provide them with the opportunity to be successful in our rapidly changing global environment, the school runs three curricular.
They are the Ghana Education Curriculum, world’s most popular international qualification for 14-16 year old, the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level, or A Level.
Apart from the classroom academics, the school also runs extracurricular activities including an intercultural festival and a science fair held yearly. Whiles the intercultural festival gives students the opportunity to market their cultures and to exhibit the beauty of diversity to an array of participants; the annual science fair creates the opportunity for people to have a feel of practical expertise of the school.
Check out the school’s website here: www.galaxyschool.net
Soul Clinic International School
Soul Clinic International School is an independent co-educational Christian School located in East Cantonments, a quiet leafy suburb of Accra, engaging students from Kindergarten to Secondary.
S.C.I.S was started in 1968 by the late REV. VINCENT E. McCAULEY, BTH, a Guyanese missionary of blessed memory. His vision was to give children a holistic training to prepare them morally, spiritually and physically in pursuance of their goals in the 21st century and beyond. S.C.I.S today continues the commitment to unite knowledge and good Christian principles.
The school seeks to encourage the students to combine academic ability and intellectual curiosity with critical thinking. The vision is to maintain a high level of academic content based on Godly values that prepare the students to grow into scholastic training that will prepare them academically, physically, spiritually, morally & socially to become self-sufficient adults.
S.C.I.S offers both Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and Ghana Education Service (GES) curricula.
Check out the school’s website here: http://www.soulclinicgh.com/
Vilac International School is a coeducational institution established in September 2008 to offer Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), Ghana Education Service (GES) and British curricula to meet the needs of the rapidly growing and diverse worldwide community.
It has two campuses (Lower school at East Legon. and Upper School at Achimota). It runs from Year 7 to 13 and SHS 1 to 3.The school offers examinations including Check Point (now Cambridge Secondary 1 for Year 9 students) and IGCSE which starts from Year 10 to Year 11. The IGCSE examination is conducted in May/June and SHS in form 3 (WASSCE). There is also the AS /A level for students who wish to continue sixth form.
Check out the school’s website here: http://www.vilacinternationalschool.com/
Lincoln Community School
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 authorized 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.
You can locate Lincoln Community School at Dedeibaa Street Abelemkpe, Accra.
Check out the school’s website here: http://www.lincoln.edu.gh/
American International School (AIS)
American International School — Accra, Ghana (AIS), was founded in 2006 to provide quality education for the international community. Located in East Legon, Accra, Ghana, AIS offers limited bus service from the Cantonments and Labone areas of Accra.
AIS provides an American curriculum for students from grades Pre-K3 to 12th grade. By limiting class size to less than 20 students, certified teachers are able to provide individualized instruction to students, who represent more than 30 countries. AIS currently offers standard academic curriculum as well as PE, Music, Art, French and the support of a Resource Room.
High-school students have the opportunity to participate in Drama, Music Seminars and Model UN with other area schools. AIS is moving to facilitate technology in the classroom as well as developing sports programs for soccer, basketball and swimming. AIS has purchased property very near the present campus and plans to build a full service campus with swimming pool, basketball and soccer pitch.
Check out the school’s website here: https://www.aisghana.org/
Springforth International School
Springforth International School is an 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.
Springforth can be located at Trasacco Valley Road Adjiringanor – East Legon, Accra
Check out the school’s website here: http://www.springforthschool.org/
British International School (BIS)
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. Locate BIS On the Ghana Link road Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana.
Check out the school’s website here: http://www.bisghana.com.gh/
10. German Swiss International School
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.
Feel free to locate German Swiss International School at Ring Road Central, next to the Lufthansa building, Accra, Ghana
Check out the school’s website here: http://www.gsis-accra.org/
Roman Ridge School
Located at No. 8 Onyasia Crescent in Roman Ridge, Accra, The Roman Ridge School has been carefully planned and beautifully landscaped to offer an idyllic setting to enhance the education of your child.
Experience TRRS through our well-equipped classrooms, computer labs with multi-media facilities, libraries, science labs, fully-computerized language lab, music department, dance studio, children’s activity playground, basketball court, climbing wall and abseiling tower.
Check out the school’s website here: http://romanridgeschool.com/
12. Tema International 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 (IGCSE) enabling them access to international degrees and study abroad.
Locate the school at Off Tema – Akosombo Rd (Opposite Afariwaa Farms), Tema, Ghana
Check out the school’s website here: http://www.tis.edu.gh/
Liberty American School (LAS)
Liberty American School (LAS) is a Christian international school that offers an American curriculum of education. LAS provide 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).
Check out the school’s website here: http://www.libertyas.org/
DPS International School
DPS International Ghana established in 2010 aims to inculcate the rich ethos of life such as integrity, honesty, trust, tolerance and compassion, camaraderie and a scientific temper with an understanding of humanism.
The School was founded by the renowned Industrialist and Philanthropist Mr. Mukesh Thakwani in September 2010 with the substantial budget & under the aegis Delhi Public School – a chain of schools all around the globe known for its holistic education. His mission is to champion the cause of education in the West African countries by providing a world-class educational system.
DPS Int. Ghana is affiliated with the University of Cambridge International Examinations and Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi (CBSE).
Check out the school’s website here: https://www.dpsghana.com
Ghana Christian International High School (GCHIS)
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.
Educating young people in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, Preparing them for university study and the workplace, providing an environment for enriched academic growth and development, and Focusing on each student as a unique creation of God. Contact Us:
Check out the school’s website here: http://www.gcihs.com.gh/
16. Ecole Française
Commonly called the “French School“. This school offers the standard French system curriculum (programme français) 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). The school year runs from early September to late June.
Check out the school’s website here: www.ambafrance-gh.org/-Lycee-Francais-
Al-Rayaan International School
Al-Rayan International School is a multicultural, non-discriminatory community of learners committed to motivating students to attain their fullest potential through broad-based, world-class curricula that promote critical thinking, foster self-motivation, and encourage self-development.
We are committed to inspiring students to attain their fullest potential through a broad-based curriculum that promotes critical thinking, fosters self-motivation, and encourages self- development.
Check out the school’s website here: https://aris.edu.gh
International Community Schools
Excellence in education is our essence. ICS-G is an independent, co-educational institution that follows the British System of Education, which we believe provides the resources necessary for academic rigor, as well as the necessary skills of inquiry, creativity, and initiative to produce a well-rounded learner.
Our school is a University of Cambridge International School and is therefore accredited to run both the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) programme and A-Level programme at the High School level.
Both of these programs are externally moderated by the University of Cambridge, UK. Our graduates attend top universities around the world, such as Brown University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA, The University of Stirling in the UK, amongst many illustrious others.
Check out the school’s website here: http://www.icsghana.org/about-ics-kumasi/
Multikids combines specialist creative, academic and vocational teaching and learning based on the UK National Curriculum, for students from 6 months to 21 years.
The environment of inclusion is only possible through the intervention of excellent therapeutic services. This school believes passionately that all children have the right to an excellent inclusive curriculum. To this end it has developed a Culture of Inclusion which promotes:
- Specialised learning environments for typical learners and typical learners who may have a specific learning challenge like Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Aspergers, Mild Autism.
- Specialised learning environments for learners with Special Educational Needs like Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Global Delay.
Check out the school’s website here: https://www.multikidsgh.com/
Tall Oaks International School
Tall Oaks International School is located in Accra, Ghana.
The school believes in a holistic approach to education, incorporating the best of various educational systems (Montessori, Early Years Education (QCA), British National Curriculum (QCA) and Cambridge Int. Examination (CIE), encouraging children to explore and learn with enthusiasm, ultimately equipping them with the skills to become responsible, productive members of society in future.
Check out the school’s website here: http://www.nvisionghana.com/demos/latois/tag/accra/
21. De Nederlandse School
Commonly called The Dutch School. This extra-curricular school accepts Dutch-speaking children who have at least one parent of Dutch or Belgian heritage. The school, subsidized by the Dutch government, offers Dutch cultural classes for children aged 3 to 18.
Check out the school’s website here: www.nederlandseschoolghana.com/
22. East Airport International School
EAIS is an international Co-Educational School providing a British Curriculum based on the Private School System.
The school admits children from Pre-School to Pre-University. In Year seven (Secondary School), students will continue with the British curriculum towards their university entrance.
Check out the school’s website here: http://www.eais-edu.com
Merton International School
The vision to establish Merton International Primary and High School was a singular one. It was to produce a top breed of citizens capable of responding to the complexity of our millennium through the impact they would make in their local communities.
The mission, matchless in its import, was careful to make the school a theocentric one while ensuring the human effort that crafted a robust curriculum to produce an end game of skills and knowledge, sensitivity towards humanity and making sincere, the much touted stewardship to the environment.
Established in 1998, Merton International Primary and High School profiles a student body who are buoyant in their physical activity keen in their cognitive reception practical in their application and pliant to the values that underscore the finest qualities of the World Citizen.
Check out the school’s website here: http://www.mertoninternationalschool.com
Gingerbread House Montessori School
The main aim of this Montessori School is to provide a carefully planned, stimulating environment which will help the child develop an excellent foundation for creative learning.
The school is next door to The British High Commission in Ridge – within the security barriers.
The school is the first purpose built and UK-accredited Montessori Preschool in Accra, Ghana. It was established in August 1998, and have been providing an authentic Montessori experience ever since.
Check out the school’s website here: www.gingerbreadmontessori.com
The Owl’s Nest International School
The Owls’ Nest International School is a child centred environment, where every student matters.
With students representing over 35 different nations, the school is proud of its international and multi-cultural ethos. Your child’s education should be an enriching experience that inspires a life-long love of learning and enquiry.
Owls’ Nest International School follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum and the British Curriculum to further develop broad and balanced learning. The outdoor areas provide a wonderful environment for child-initiated play. The school also offer inclusive specialist lessons:-in Music, PE, French and ICT, as well as an established extra curricular activity programme.
Check out the school’s website here: http://theowlsnest.co.uk/
Association International School
AIS is the only American curriculum school in Ghana that has dual accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Association of Christian Schools International. The goal at the American International School is to prepare minds, transform hearts, and empower hands.
Are you a parent looking for:
- A PreK-12 International School located in Airport Residential Area?
- State-of-the-art Boarding Facilities (both Boys and Girls), located in the Airport Residential Area, a 5-minute walking distance from the school?
- A rigorous curriculum, IB World School, Cambridge Certification, College Board Advance Placement (AP), ACT / SAT Prep Center and ERB accredited?
If so, Association International School (AIS) is for you.
Check out the school’s website here: https://associationinternationalschool.org
27. Hilltop International Science College (HISC)
The Hilltop International Science College (HISC) is accredited to run the Cambridge International syllabus leading to IGCE and “A” Level. HISC is offshoot of the Hilltop School, a Platinum League Basic School in Kumasi well known for high academic excellence. Founded in 1997, The Hilltop School has chalked many schools.
The school provide sound holistic education for academic excellence in a guided and secure moral environment.
The vision of hilltop is to be a leading school in Ghana and the West Africa sub-region providing competitive and holistic education with distinction, while instilling ethical values and moral standards in our pupils and students.
Check out the school’s website here: http://hilltop.edu.gh
28. New Nation International School
New Nation School was founded in 2004 and has since grown to encompass four schools in one:
- The Nursery School (Welcome Class, Nursery One and Nursery Two)
- The Primary School (Classes One to Six)
- The Lower Secondary School (Forms One to Three)
- The Upper Secondary School (Forms Four & Five and Lower & Upper Sixth)
The school is situated on two campuses on the north-eastern outskirts of Accra, Ghana. The nursery and lower primary classes are based at the Primary Campus (the City of God Church Centre) in New Adenta. The upper primary and secondary classes are located at the new campus in East Legon Hills.
The school’s curriculum is based on the British system of education. New Nation School is accredited as a Cambridge Associate School and students in the upper secondary school sit for IGCSE and A Level examinations set by the Cambridge International Examinations Board, UK
New Nation School is a Christian school. Bible-based Christian teaching and times of prayer, praise and worship are a regular part of the school’s activities at all levels. Children of all faiths are welcome in the school on the understanding that they will join in with all school activities and programmes, including those which are Christian in focus.
Check out the school’s website here: http://www.newnationschool.com/
Morgan International Community School – MICS
The campus is situated 6km outside of Swedru, just off the Winneba / Swedru road. If driving from Winneba, look for the town with two church spires, this is Ekwamkrom. On entering into the town, you will see a big MICS signboard turn left, follow the road until you reach the end. MICS can also be located in East Legon, near Emmanuel Eye Clinic.
The school aspires to be a globally renowned centre for innovative international education.
Morgan International Community School offers courses leading to the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
Check out the school’s website here: http://www.mics.edu.gh/
Middleton International School
Middleton International School offers the British National Curriculum structure from the age of three to eighteen years old. The upper secondary school students undertake the Cambridge International Examination IGCSE and GCE A-level courses.
The school is all about high expectations and academic standards, to facilitate students to meet and exceed their potentials beyond expectations for their age.
As an international school, Middleton aim to promote a culture of international awareness. The school ensures that students have an authentic international experience during their studies within a diverse school community under the international education program.
Check out the school’s website here: http://www.middletoninternationalschool.com
31. Faith Montessori School
Faith Montessori is a Ghanaian Christian international school which uses the Montessori method of teaching and learning. The school was established in April, 1988 at ridge, Accra but within four years, relocated to Kanda and then to Gbawe which serves as its present home today.
Faith Montessori school accepts children from 2 1/2 to 5 1/2 years before they are moved to a satellite location in New Gbawe, Bank of Ghana Quarters (near McCarthy Hill).
The School runs Secondary programmes for the Junior High and International Cambridge I.G.C.S.E as well as the Cambridge A-Level Certificate programme.
The school has a rigorous and challenging curriculum, especially tailored to embrace the diverse and multicultural backgrounds of students.
If you are looking for a school which pays particular attention to the special needs of students and provides the necessary support and incentives for academic success as well as personal development. Then, Faith Montessori School might be your no.1 choice.
Check out the school’s website from here: http://faithms.edu.gh
International schools are very helpful for kids of nationals and for local students who want to learn foreign languages. It is also equally helpful for student who wants to obtain quality education for employment or higher education in foreign country.
If you are thinking of educating your child in one of these international schools, visit the schools website and check in with their admission office for directions and further admission procedures.
You can also get in touch with a friend or relative who has his or her child already enroll in the school for further details before enrolling your child.
Choosing a good international school for your child might be the best investment for your child’s education.
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