"[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


Admissions FAQ's

What are the priorities for admission?

As long as places remain in any grade, we enroll qualified students who have filed completed applications, paid the $500 application fees and, for Secondary students, have also completed the assessment tests. We will determine whether additional assessment is necessary for Elementary students. Once the grade reaches the maximum student number, all new applicants go on a wait list in accordance with the admission categories, as found in our Admissions Policy, and the date and time we receive each completed application.

How can I contact the Admissions Office?

Elementary Campus

Postal Address

Mrs. Linda Vaz
Admissions Officer
International School of Tanganyika
P O Box 2651
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Tel: +255-684-228882/3

Fax: +255-22-2152077
Email: admissions@istafrica.com

Courier Address

Mrs. Linda Vaz
Admissions Officer
International School of Tanganyika
Administration Building
United Nations Road, Upanga
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania


Secondary Campus

Postal Address

Mrs. Mwamy Sykes
Director of Admissions
International School of Tanganyika
P O Box 2651
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Tel: +255-22-2601126
Fax: +255 22 2600954
Email: admissions@istafrica.com

Courier Address

Mrs. Mwamy Sykes
Director of Admissions
International School of Tanganyika
Secondary Campus
Haile Selassie Road / Ruvu Street, Masaki
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania



Which system do you follow for matching students to their appropriate grade level?

Children are placed in a grade according to their age. Age determined placements provide for greater emotional, social and academic stability and support during the course of a student's schooling. Age determined placement is both a policy and a practice. The cut off dates for each grade are as follows:

  • EC1 students must be 3 by August 31st
  • EC2 students must be 4 by August 31st
  • Kindergarten students must be 5 by August 31st
  • Grade 1 students must be 6 by August 31st
  • Grade 2 students must be 7 by August 31st
  • Grade 3 students must be 8 by August 31st
  • Grade 4 students must be 9 by August 31st
  • Grade 5 students must be 10 by August 31st

In Secondary, due to the varied educational background and experiences of the students, grade level placement is determined by age as well as based on previous school records, interviews and placement tests. The final decision is made by the Principal in consultation with the parents.

To help clarify IST Grade Levels as compared to the grade levels from other systems, we have created this equivalency chart:


Age of Child

by 31st Aug.

IST Grade



& Wales

ScotlandU.S.A.AustraliaSouth Africa
3+ EC 1NurseryNurserypre-schoolpre-school000
4+ EC 2ReceptionNurserypre-schoolpre-school00
5+ KGYear 1P 1KGKG0
6+ Grade 1Year 2P 2Grade 1Year 1Grade 1
7+ Grade 2Year 3
P 3Grade 2Year 2Grade 2
8+ Grade 3Year 4P 4Grade 3Year 3Grade 3
9+ Grade 4Year 5P 5Grade 4Year 4Grade 4
10+ Grade 5Year 6P 6Grade 5Year 5Grade 5
11+ Grade 6Year 7P 7Grade 6Year 6Grade 6
12+ Grade 7Year 8S 1Grade 7Year 7Grade 7
13+ Grade 8Year 9S 2Grade 8Year 8Grade 8
14+ Grade 9Year 10S 3Grade 9Year 9Grade 9
15+ Grade 10Year 11S 4Grade 10Year 10Grade 10
16+ Grade 11Year 12S 5Grade 11Year 11Grade 11
17+ Grade 12Year 13S 6Grade 12Year 12Grade 12

What is IST's academic year and how does that affect student's who are transferring from other schools?

Our academic year begins in August and ends in June.

Some of our incoming students are transferring from schools which follow the January to December academic calendar. For these students, if they are joining IST in January through June, then they will advance a grade in August along with the other members of their class.

Is there a fee waiver or tuition deduction for siblings and/or children of alumni?

No, we do not have a separate fee schedule for siblings or children of alumni. Please see the fee schedule for more information about IST's tuition and fees.

Where is the campus?

Our school is located on two campuses. The Elementary Campus (EC1 - Grade 5) is off of the United Nations Road in the Upanga area of Dar es Salaam, and the Secondary Campus (Grade 6 - Grade 12) is on the peninsula in the Masaki area of Dar es Salaam (Haile Selassie Road). For more information on our campuses, please see the About Us section of this website.

What is the most important part of the admission process?

The most important parts of the process are your child's school reports for the current year as well as the last two years. In addition, the confidential report which is to be completed by the school and emailed directly to us and/or any other supporting information provided in the application pack are also important.

How will I know if my application is complete or incomplete?

The required documentation checklist on the application page of the website describes each component that is required. Once we receive your application, you will receive an e-mail letting you know if any documents are missing which are required to complete the process. Due to the large volume of applications received during the beginning of the school year (July through September), this might take a couple of days for us to respond.

How will I learn the outcome of my application?

Once testing/assessment is completed and we have all of the student's school records and confidential references, we will consider his/her application complete. The application is then reviewed and parents will receive a letter from the Principal indicating the application was successful.

Is there flexibility on the age cut off date (31st August) if a student is just a few days away from it?

No, please refer to the IST Admission Policy available on our website (How to Apply).

How do I reapply if my application has been denied?

IST will hold denied applications for one year. If you wish to be reconsidered within this period, you will need to supply additional information to strengthen your application (such as new test scores, reference letters, school records, etc.).

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