International School of Havana is a private, coeducational day school which offers an academic program from preschool education (age 2 1/2) through grade 12 for students of all nationalities – 53 currently. The school has been in existence in various forms since 1965. The school was founded and exists with the intention of offering high quality education to the children of foreign diplomats and members of the expatriate business community in Havana. The school year comprises 3 academic terms extending from late August to late June in whole.
Organization: The school is governed by a Board of Directors made up of both heads of diplomatic missions from various countries and appointed members of the diplomatic and non-diplomatic communities.
The professional staff is composed of 35% expatriate teachers from Canada, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Portugal, Australia and other countries and the remainder are recruited locally.
All locally recruited staff are required to become trained and qualified in the CIE Diploma for Teachers and Trainers and are thus trained in modern pedagogical methods.
Ongoing training is supported by an academic staff professional development programme.
The school was awarded the status of an International Fellowship Centre by Cambridge International Examinations in 2004. The school is a progressive institution and remains closely linked to the various international educational institutions of which it is a member.
In the primary section of the Lower School – kindergarten to grade 5 – programmes in English, mathematics and Spanish language (offered at beginner, intermediate and first language levels) are complemented by the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) which has themed Units of Enquiry which are supported by courses in music, art, drama, PE and information technology. The standards of the National Curriculum of England and Wales and the province of Ontario, Canada, were taken into account in the formulation of the English, mathematics and other parts of the curriculum offering apart from the IPC and all programs have specific learning objectives for students at each grade level. The mathematics course is Improving Primary Mathematics which was developed in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, UK, from a programme devised in Switzerland. It is adapted to meet the needs of students. Since 2011, students in grade 5 can choose to study Spanish or French.
Secondary School (grades 6 to 12) courses initially lead to the CIE Checkpoint examinations, which are taken by the students at the end of grade 8 in English, mathematics and science.
In grades 9 and 10, students follow courses from the CIE’s internationally recognised IGCSE programme in which students are externally examined at the end of Grade 10.
In grades 11 and 12, students follow the courses of the International Baccalaureate Organisation in conjunction with the ISH Graduation Diploma which both prepare students for university matriculation. The school is authorized by the IBO. The school began teaching the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme in August 2006. The Diploma is recognised in a large number of countries around the world as a university matriculation qualification and many universities offer course exemptions and credits to undergraduate students who are admitted holding this award.
Facilities: The School has two campuses, located in the Miramar district of Havana. One is for students from the Early Years Programme (2.5 years to 4) and the other for Kinder to Grade 12 students. The main compound consists of 2 teaching blocks in adapted houses as well as purpose built classrooms in a connecting block and a library and science block in addition to a recreation area between the houses and the various other outbuildings. A very limited bus transportation system, along pre-determined routes is available to parents on a first come, first served basis. Our facilities include a well-resourced library and media center with Internet connection, science laboratories, computer laboratories and a playground with apparatus and play areas for the children.
Annual Tuition Fees:
Minimum Annual Tuition Fees in USD
|Early Years||4,000.00 USD|
|From Kindergarten to Grade 5||10,450.00 USD|
|Pre-IGCSE (Grades 6 to Grade 8)||10,450.00 USD|
|IGCSE (Grades 9 & 10 )||11,800.00 USD|
|ISH & IB Diploma (Grades 11 & 12)||12,150.00 USD|