A Community School with an international outlook

Students

IST students represent more than 60 nationalities. The diversity of our student body contributes positively to creating a learning environment in which all students benefit.

Learn more about IST's students.

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Teachers

Our teachers have published text books, led workshops for other teachers and are internationally recognized for their work. Not to mention they are exceptional teachers who challenge, motivate and inspire each student, individually.

Learn more about IST's teachers.

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Parents

Parents play an important role in the school’s collaborative learning community. In addition to the many important social functions which are coordinated by the Elementary and Secondary Parent Networks, parents also attend presentations from and participate in discussions with the Director, Principals and IB Coordinators throughout the year regarding the school, curriculum and learning at IST. Attendance at these presentations is important because it helps us all to stay current with the International Baccalaureate curriculum.

Learn more about how parents participate in IST.

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Alumni

IST alumni are found all around the world.

Learn more about the IST Alumni Association.

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GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

IST issues ID cards for parents as well as car stickers for their vehicles, both of which must be displayed to be allowed on campus. Contact mgideon@istafrica.com for more information if needed.

In some cases, we may still need photographs of the parent(s) before the ID card can be printed. In such cases, you can have your photograph taken by the Admissions Office and we will let you know via email when the ID card is ready.

ID cards are also required for members of your extended family (grandparents, aunts or uncles) or household employees (drivers, ayahs) who will be on campus frequently. Contact mgideon@istafrica.com for more information about how to request additional ID cards for other members of your household.

  • Uniforms

The Twiga Shop (Uniform Shop) stocks (prices are inclusive of VAT):

  • polo shirts Tshs 23,000/= (Elementary and Secondary)
  • long sleeve polo shirts Tshs 17,000/= (Elementary and Secondary, these shirts are from older order hence the lower price)
  • PE uniforms Tshs 28,000/= (Secondary only)
  • PE shirts Tshs 8,000/= (Elementary only)
  • shorts Tshs 20,000/= (Elementary only)
  • library bag Tshs 15,000/= (Elementary only)

For details about hours of operation for the Twiga Shop, please see this page >>.

  • Canteen / Food Service

There are some great options for students to buy lunch and snacks on campus. Parents can also pick up a cup of tea or coffee when they are on campus. For complete details including how to sign up for a debit card, see Elementary and Secondary Canteens >>.

ELEMENTARY CAMPUS

SCHOOL HOURS
  • Early Childhood (EC 1 and EC 2): 07:30 - 13:00
  • Kindergarten to Grade 5: 07:10 - 13:45

Playground supervision begins at 06:30 (for students in Grades 1 - 5) and ends at 14:00 (unless the students are participating in a school-sponsored activity). EC/KG students have their own play areas before school and supervision starts at 06:50.

PARKING

Limited parking is available through Gate 9 off of Kalinga Road. There is also a drop-off system accessed through Gate 8 (Kalinga Road) and through Gate 5 (Mindu Street).

An IST issued car sticker is required to use either the parking lots or the drop-off systems.

BUS OPTION

A bus runs from the Elementary Campus bringing students to the Secondary Campus each morning and returns to the Elementary Campus in the afternoon. This is an optional service. Contact busservice@istafrica.com for more information or click here>>for application form.

AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Students in Grades 1 to 5 can choose to participate in a number of different after school activities (ASAs). Information about how to sign up for ASAs will be sent to all parents via email in August. There are three ASA terms per school year and most ASAs finish at 14.40 pm.

ELEMENTARY PARENT NETWORK (EPN)

The EPN coordinate a number of events during the school year. The group is open to all parents of children enrolled on the Elementary Campus and usually meets once a month on a Thursday from 12.30 pm - 13.30 pm in the Elementary Campus Staffroom. The dates are posted on the Elementary Campus Calendar.

WORKSHOPS FOR PARENTS

The Elementary Campus often hold workshops on a variety of topics of interest to parents. The workshops are usually held on Tuesday mornings from 07.30 am to 08.30 am and are a great way to learn more about the school and meet other members of the community. Check the Elementary Campus Calendar for the schedule.

WEEKLY BULLETIN

The school sends a Weekly Bulletin to all parents via email each Friday with important information about events and activities. If you don't receive a copy of the Weekly Bulletin, contact communications@istafrica.com to be sure your address is on the distribution list.

CONTACTING THE ELEMENTARY OFFICE
  • IST Elementary
  • United Nations Road
  • Tel: +255-658-228883/5 -or- +255-684-228882/3
  • Fax: +255-22-2152077
  • Email: elementary@istafrica.com

SECONDARY CAMPUS

SCHOOL HOURS
  • Grades 6 to 12:
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - 07:40 to 14:30
  • Wednesday - 07:40 to 13:45
PARKING AND STUDENT DROP OFF

The entrance to the Secondary Campus parking area is divided into two lanes to reduce traffic congestion. Either lane can be used to access parking as well as to drop off or pick up students. A current IST sticker, which can be collected from Juliana Karubi, Secondary Office, is required to be displayed on your car.

BUS OPTION

A bus runs from the Elementary Campus bringing students to the Secondary Campus each morning and returns to the Elementary Campus in the afternoon. This is an optional service. Contact busservice@istafrica.com for more information or click here>>for application form.

BYOL @IST SECONDARY

The Bring Your Own Laptop (BYOL) program at Secondary has been phased in over the years and all students are required to own a laptop to be used on a daily basis. Parents and students can choose their own machine matching the specifications provided below.

AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Students are encouraged to participate in a number of different after school activities (ASAs). Each semester, students sign up for ASAs using their account in the ManageBac system. The activities offered cover a wide range and many are led by students.

SECONDARY PARENT NETWORK (SPN)

The SPN coordinates a number of events during the school year. The group is open to all parents of children enrolled on the Secondary Campus and usually meets once morning a month. The dates are posted on the Secondary Campus Calendar.

WEEKLY BULLETIN

The school sends a Weekly Bulletin to all parents via email each Friday with important information about events and activities. If you don't receive a copy of the Weekly Bulletin, contact communications@istafrica.com to be sure your address is on the distribution list.

CONTACTING THE SECONDARY OFFICE
  • IST Secondary
  • Haile Selassie Road
  • Tel: +255-22-2601126/7, 2601925 -or- +255-787-997778/98
  • Fax: +255-22-2600954
  • Email: secondary@istafrica.com

What is important about the IST community?

  1. Diversity: more than 60 nationalities represented in the student body and more than 15 nationalities represented by the faculty.
  2. Personalised learning: students are challenged and supported to set learning goals that are individual to them and their interests.
  3. Support: students have access to phenomenal support to achieve their goals. They are guided in developing their approaches to learning, they have individual support from learning support specialist when needed and they have access to specialists who are skilled in a wide range of subjects.

“IST has been “very good [at] handling and integrating children who do not have much background in English [which] has been important to us. Also being at a school where the level of acceptance/celebration of children from different backgrounds is used as an asset has been fantastic for our kids.”
- parent, IST Parent Survey

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

 
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icon for the Association of International Schools in Africa Child Protection Network

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.