ISD - The International School of Dakar

Student Services

Food Services

Students may either bring a lunch from home or order lunch from Shady Shack, the canteen we have on campus. Orders for lunches are made by filling out the menu form found in the office or in ISD’s weekly online newsletter, The Jaguar Journal. ES parents or students bring the menu and their money directly to Shady Shack each week. MS/HS students who choose to eat from the canteen, bring money for lunch on a daily basis. Their orders are placed by the MS/HS office. MS/HS students should not order at the canteen window during our brief lunch period.
Parents are also asked to send in a healthy, mid-morning snack. Please read our Snack and Lunch Guidelines – essentially, no candy, sodas, or chips.
Purified, filtered water is provided by cold-water fountains throughout the school.


ISD does not run school buses. Most students are brought to school by parents or drivers in private vehicles. Some who live close, will ride bicycles or walk to school. The US Embassy runs its own bus service for the dependents of State Department employees. If you are affiliated with the US State Department in Dakar please inquire with the Community Liaison Officer for information.
ISD does have two small buses which are used for field trips and team excursions.


ISD has a nurse on staff to provide health services for the school community, health promotion activities in and out of the classroom, and to serve as a point of contact for parents who have concerns about their children. The office is open daily from 8:30am until 3:30pm. Parents are asked to keep children home if they have a fever or any known communicable disease. Children who have a fever should be kept home until they have been fever-free for 24 hours. The nurse cannot prescribe medicine or administer injections.


ISD employs three licensed counselors who work with Elementary, Middle School, and High School students. The counselors are a resource to students, parents and teachers, providing academic guidance, emotional counseling, university and career counseling, and consultation on developmental issues. The elementary counselor’s office is located in the pagoda across from the sand playground. The middle school counselor’s office is room 404b and the high school counselor’s office is room 109 in the upper school building.