Westwood International School (Gaborone)
- Westwood International School (Gaborone)
Westwood International School
P.O. Box 2446
- T 267 3906736
- F 267 3906734
- E firstname.lastname@example.org
- W www.westwoodis.com
- Memberships: University of Cambridge International Examinations; Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA)
- State/Independent: Independent: private non-profit
- Lower School Ages: 4-12
- Lower School Sexes: Co-ed
- Lower School Numbers: About 350 students through Year 7
- Senior School Ages: 12-19
- Senior School Sexes: Co-ed
- Senior School Numbers: About 250 students in Years 8 and 9, IGCSE, and IB levels
- Teaching Language: English
- SEN: Mainstream with SEN support
- Boarding: Not available
- Uniform: Yes
- School Year: 3 terms from January through early December.
- School Hours: Primary school: 07.05 to 01.00 for all grades with two breaks, except for Fridays, which run 07.05 to 12.00 with one longer break. Secondary school:7:05-1:15 on Monday; 7:05-2:15 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 7:05-12:15 on Friday
- Fee Currency: Pula
- Fee Details: 2016 Reception-Year 2: P 17,588; Years 3-6: P 18,585; Year 7: P 23,730; Years 8-9: P 27,090; Years 10-11 (IGCSE): P 29,715; Years 12-13 (IB Diploma): P 30,450. Application Fee: P500 per application. Capital development levy (Nonrefundable):A one-time payment of P20,000 at the time of enrollment.
- Religion: Non-denominational
International Baccalaureate (Diploma) - Schools offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB Dip) prepare students for university entrance by following the IB programme over the final two years of high school. This involves taking six subjects (three at higher level and three at standard level). Assessment is based on a combination of final examinations and course work that are evaluated by external examiners worldwide, and (in some cases for coursework) by internal assessment. IB examinations for each subject are held on the same days for all students worldwide - in May in the Northern Hemisphere and in October in the case of most Southern Hemisphere schools. Each subject is scored from 1-7, and up to 3 additional points may be awarded for TOK (Theory of Knowledge) essays and for the Extended Essay. A minimum of 24 points is required to obtain the IB diploma, while 45 points is the maximum. A school that has 35 diploma candidates in a given year, out of which 32 passed, has a pass rate of 91%. You can judge the results for yourself by knowing that the world average pass rate is approximately 82%. (Pupils may also opt to take certificates in the individual subject areas, though these on their own may be insufficient for university entry.)
International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP)
Authorised by International Baccalaureate Organization (not to be confused as an inspection or accreditation agency) - International Baccaulareate Organization (by contrast to the US Education turtle of a website, this one goes like a jet and has everything you're looking for right at your fingertips. We know this is a schools guide, but we couldn't help noticing...) The IBO has a very strong system for setting up IB schools and making sure they get off to a good start, but thereafter do not particularly inspect or certify those schools (although they do continue to keep a close eye on schools using their Primary and Middle Years curricula). Instead, they feel the results speak for themselves. Therefore, parents should look at an IB school's exam results and numbers of students qualifying for the IB Diploma: if those numbers are poor or dropping, take a much closer look. If a school is an IB candidate, that's a good sign....but not if it's been a candidate for a decade. Good IB exam and Diploma results do not in themselves tell you about the feel of the school or whether it's right for your child, and no one is looking into every cranny in the same way an American accreditation or Ofsted inspection officer does (not only the academics but also the governance and financial stabilty of a school). But if scores look good, and you like the buzz of the school, there's a good chance you'll find a rigorous programme that will allow a fairly seamless transition from one IB school to another. That is, before the final two year IB Diploma programme. It is very important to note that, in spite of similarities within the curriculum, the two year course is usually regarded by schools as being fairly monolithic. In other words, not made up of identical sequential parts that students can pop in and out of, from school to school, at will. Be aware that the IBO exists to set up curriculum and protocols and they are very good at what they do, but counseling or guiding parents trying to make this transition is not part of their brief.
Council of International Schools (CIS)
New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) - Founded in 1885, the New England Association of Schools & Colleges, Inc. (NEASC) is the nation's oldest regional accrediting association and is one of the six regional agencies recognised by the US Secretary of Education to accredit schools; it serves more than 2,000 public and independent schools, colleges and universities in the six states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont and American/international schools in more than sixty nations worldwide- from pre-K to the doctoral level. From the NEASC web site: Accreditation of American and International Schools Abroad American and international schools located in foreign countries are eligible to seek regional accreditation through the New England Association of Schools and College's Commission on American and International Schools Abroad (CAISA). These schools must offer an educational program at the pre-K through grade 12 level following an American-style or international program of studies using English as the primary language of instruction. Normally, an overseas institution is expected to achieve accreditation status within three years of being granted candidacy.