Tanzania's preferred international school for primary and secondary education

Strategic Plan

This strategic plan, adapted in March 2018, was the result of a highly consultative process which included surveys as well as open meetings with parents, students, alumni, and staff. The suggestions from the community were incorporated into our goals, hence setting the stage for advancing IST further, closer to achieving our mission. The strategic plan is oriented around three main goals: Personalized Learning, Engaged Community, and Ensured Sustainability. The full document can be downloaded here.

Aim One - Personalized Learning

We believe that personalizing each learner's experience leads to greater motivation and engagement which maximizes learning. Within the curricular framework IST learners will be:

  • Engaged in flexible, stimulating learning environments
  • Empowered to explore interests, having a voice and a choice
  • Active learners, engaged in differentiated instructional practices and assessment methods
  • Using digital content and tools in a purposeful way
  • Increasingly independent learners demonstrating growth


  1. Ensure alignment between the written, taught and assessed curriculum
  2. Implement a strong, multi-tiered system of support to students, consistent with IST's common understanding of inclusion
  3. Improve  our ability to offer a balanced program with opportunities for excellence in academics, the arts, and athletics
  4. Provide exemplary transition programs between campuses and other institutions of learning
  5. Ensure reporting models support effective partnerships with parents and their child's learning
  6. Develop a strong internal professional learning community to embed successful professional learning experiences
  7. Ensure IST students' appropriate use of technology supports their learning

Aim Two - Engaged Community

IST is a vibrant learning community that relies on effective communication to ensure that all stakeholders are devoted to the collaborative success of IST students. IST strives to develop effective partnerships to ensure that students have access to a network of experts within Tanzania, and around the world. A well informed, interconnected community embraces IST's values, supports the school, is concerned about its continued success.


  1. Improve IST’s local, global and international reputation
  2. Provide opportunities for IST students and faculty to connect with local and global experts
  3. Develop partnerships within the local community to improve student experiences
  4. Improve processes and systems to improve communication within the IST community
  5. Build reciprocal structures to connect alumni with current students
  6. Establish sustainable and supportive relationships with government ministries
  7.  Promote positive school spirit within and across campuses

Aim Three - Ensured Sustainability

In support of IST's vision to be a global leader in the education of internationally-mobile young people, long term plans are in place to align financial resources to support excellent facilities and a world-class faculty and support staff. These long term plans help to facilitate communication amongst stakeholders, build support for educational programs and financial expenditures and maintain transparency within the community. As a tuition-dependent school, IST maintains fiscal discipline to ensure that financial resources are utilized effectively.

Goals - Ensured Sustainability

  1. Review the master site plan to ensure school facilities support learning experiences
  2. Maintain fiscal discipline and transparency within the IST community
  3. Develop the school’s capacity to recruit/retain excellent employees
  4. Lessen IST’s environmental footprint
  5. Align governing models with best practice