ISD - The International School of Dakar


At ISD, a majority of students participate in athletics as members of one or more of our sports teams. ISD follows a three-season schedule, which can be found below. Each season lasts 10 to 12 weeks. ISD coaches are generally ISD teachers with experience in coaching. Students must maintain academic eligibility to participate on a school team.

ISD Sports Seasons

High School
Fall: Volleyball and Swim Team
Winter: Basketball and Track & Field (After School Activity/ASA)
Spring: Soccer

Middle School
Fall: Soccer and Swim Team
Winter*: Volleyball and Track & Field (ASA)
Spring: Basketball

Elementary School (Grades 4 & 5)
Fall: Basketball (ASA) and Swim Team
Winter: Soccer (offered via Gaucher Soccer Academy at ISD) and Track & Field (this ASA is also available to Grade 3 students)
Spring: Volleyball (ASA)

*While not a sport, WAISAL Mathcounts is another activity available to MS students during the Winter season.


High School holds practices three times per week, between 3:30pm and 6:00pm or between 7:00am and 8:15am. Games are held on weekdays and on Saturdays.

Middle School holds practices twice per week, between 3:30pm and 5:00pm. Games are held on weekdays and on Saturday mornings.

Grades 4 and 5 teams hold practices twice per week, between 3:30pm and 4:15pm (during After School Activity time). Other than Swim Team, these sports are run as After School Activities. Whenever possible, the coaches have games/meets with outside schools.

Swim team follows a different practice schedule. This is communicated to parents of swim team members at the start of the season.  

Matches and Tournaments

During the season, ISD plays games against other local clubs, as well as local private and public schools. In addition to these matches, ISD organizes a one-day tournament on a Saturday for all teams during each season. ISD also attends the Sports for International Private Schools in Senegal (SIPS) Tournament at the end of February and beginning of March.

ISD belongs to the West African International Schools Activities League (WAISAL). ISD athletes participate in tournaments at the conclusion of each season (or, in some cases, ISD hosts the WAISAL event). WAISAL is open to all American and/or International schools in West Africa.

Eric Rodine
Director of Athletics & Activities