"[IST aims to] provide differentiated learning experiences for our students, so that all are appropriately supported and challenged."

- IST's Strategic Plan


What People Say

“I think that in IST there is a very high quality of education and teaching. I also think that the teachers here are very friendly and they help us reach our learning goals.”

- Secondary student, IST Student Survey



“IST has a great programme and the facilities are the best in Tanzania. The teaching and non teaching staff [are] extremely competent and the entire experience is very positive.”

- parent, IST Parent Survey



IST offers students the respected International Baccalaureate curriculum which is recognized and prepares students for a lifelong love of learning. Choosing a school for your family is an important decision and the information below will guide you through IST's application process.

Is IST the best fit for your child?

This is an important question. To help you decide, please read:

Welcome Letter from IST's Director for 2017-18 admissionThe PYP at IST (Early Childhood to Grade 5)The MYP at IST (Grades 6 to 10)The DP at IST (Grades 11 and 12)
Student Life in PicturesFacilitiesLibrariesAfter School Activities and CAS
Student ServicesInformation and Communication Technology at ISTIST in BriefSchool Performance


Applying for Admission

Step 1: Application and Supporting Documents

Please complete the online application form. 


Step 2: Review of Application and Admissions Assessments

Your application will be reviewed by one of two admissions teams at IST. The teams are comprised of the Principal and the Director of Admissions or the Admissions Officer. Admission is dependent on the applicant meeting the IST’s admission criteria in terms of academic performance, behaviour and ability to benefit from our programmes.

Language - IST provides a comprehensive English as Additional Language (EAL) programme throughout the Elementary years and most of the Secondary years. Students can be admitted to the Elementary School irrespective of their knowledge of and experience with the English language, as long as they meet the other admission criteria. At the Secondary School the curricular demands of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years and Diploma Programmes make a reasonable command of the English language a pre-requisite for admission to these programmes.

Admission of children with special learning needs - IST admits all students who, in the school’s judgment, can benefit from its programmes and services and whose needs can be met by the school. IST accepts students with moderate as well as mild learning support needs. IST also considers, on a case by case basis, the admission of students who require intense support. However, the school will only admit students for whom we are able to provide suitable resources and support.

Please read more here (Section 6.1, beginning on page 8) about IST's admissions policies.


Step 3: Admission Decision

We realize that your family's plans are significantly affected by the decisions made by school's such as IST. Once the school has made a decision, we will let you know as soon as possible. Decisions about admission fall into one of four categories:

  • Accepted

The Admissions Director or Officer will let you know via email and your family will receive an offer of admission. The offer of admission should be signed and returned as soon as possible. You will also receive student health forms that should be completed and returned as well as information about how to complete the enrolment deposit. The enrolment deposit is to be paid within two weeks of the offer of admission in order to confirm your child's seat.

  • Denied

In some cases, IST is not able to provide a programme that matches an individual student's needs. In such cases, the decision for denying admissions will be provided in the school's response to the application. In case an application is denied, IST refunds a portion of the application fee (USD $350).

  • Wait listed

If a student is accepted but there are no openings in the appropriate grade level, then the family may choose to have their child's name placed on the waiting list. Admissions from the waiting list are based on the Admission Priority and the Date of Application.

  • Deferred

If an applicant has been accepted but chooses to defer his/her enrolment to the following academic year, they are placed on the applicant list for the next year and will need to provide updated and satisfactory academic reports and Confidential School Reports from the preceding school year. For example, if an applicant is accepted for the 2017-18 school year but wishes to defer enrolment until the 2018-19 school year, then they are placed on the applicant list for the 2018-19 year but will need to submit updated reports from the school where the child was enrolled for the 2017-18 year.


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