Our History

To say the least, IST's history is rich and vibrant. For example, IST's first school chair, Dr. Michael Latham, was awarded OBE by HM Queen Elizabeth II for the work he had done in setting up the school. In addition, Sir Andy Chande, the school's first treasurer of the Board, was made an Honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Learn more about IST's history >>.



About IST

IST is an independent, private, not-for-profit day school located on two campuses in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. IST offers rigorous academic programmes coupled with a wide range of extra-curricular activities serving students from age 3 to Grade 12. 


Founded in 1963 by a group of parents led by Dr. Michael Latham (Chair) and Sir Andy Chande (Treasurer and Secretary). Our name, the International School of Tanganyika, reflects the fact that we were founded before the union of Tanganyika and Zanzibar which became Tanzania.


Two campuses, Elementary (3.2 hectares) and Secondary (4.5 hectares), located in the Upanga and Masaki/Msasani Peninsula (respectively) residential areas of Dar es Salaam.


About 1000 students representing more than 60 nationalities with 80% of the students speaking more than one language


About 120 teachers from 15 different countries, 40% with advanced degrees

Average Class Size

18 to 20 students


International Baccalaureate (IB) World School; Council of International Schools (CIS); Middle States Association (MSA)


Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA); International Schools of Sub-Saharan and Eastern Africa (ISSEA); International Award Programme; Round Square Organization


Academic Profile

Average IB Diploma Score since 2003


Average IB Diploma Pass Rate since 2003



95% of our students matriculate to a 4-year college or university. Recent graduates have gone on to, for example, Stanford University (U.S.A.), University of Leeds (U.K.), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (U.S.A.), University of Warwick (U.K), University of Lancaster (U.K.), Columbia University (U.S.A.) and Princeton University (U.S.A.).
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