Welcome to IST

At a Glance

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.

ist students posing for photo


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.).

IST students in a science lab


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.

overhead view of International School of Tanganyika

overhead view of IST campus



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


18 to 20 students


About 900 students representing more than 60 nationalities with 80% of the students speaking more than one language

overhead view of IST students playing on basketball court



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

IST students walking onto stage
“Your in-depth experience, responsiveness (even during your vacation!), and care for both the students and the school had a great impact on all of us, and our decision for [our daughter’s] future. We are very grateful!”
- IST parent
ist faculty taking photos of students
International School of Tanganyika arts and crafts
International School of Tanganyika student reading children's book

The International School of Tanganyika is a proud member of / accredited by these organisations:


Child protection is extremely important. IST’s Child Protection Policy (Section 7.15 >>) together with procedures to verify the previous employment for new job applicants is part of our commitment to ensure all members of the IST community are informed and educated regarding symptoms of child abuse for the protection of all of our students.