ISD - The International School of Dakar

High School

Welcome to the International School of Dakar. Our high school is currently undergoing several very exciting transitions. Due to overall school growth, the high school moved into a purpose-built facility on our current site in August of 2012. In addition to our outstanding secondary facilities, ISD is a newly-authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, offering the Diploma Programme (Grades 11 and 12). IB World Schools share a common philosophy – a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that ISD believes is important for our students.

Our high school is a vibrant, active, and student-centered place of learning. One of the most distinctive features of our school is its diversity. Students come from over 50 different countries and speak many languages, although English is the language of instruction and the social language on campus. This rich mosaic of cultures allows students to be exposed to a variety of perspectives and personalities as they work and socialize with their peers and teachers. One of our CORE values is open-mindedness and being surrounded by peers from all over the globe helps one become open-minded.

Excellence is another CORE value at ISD and excellence can be observed in many ways in our high school – in our classrooms, on the athletic field, or in our service programs. One way that we measure our success is through college acceptances. ISD students routinely apply and are granted admission to top colleges and universities in Europe and North America. Members of the Class of 2013 went on to attend excellent schools such as Harvard College, Stanford University, University of Toronto, George Mason University, and Clark University, just to name a few.

Students at ISD express themselves in many creative ways. As Creativity is another of our CORE values, students explore and perform in the areas of music, art, and drama. Whether it is through a drama class, an after school rock band, or through work on a school mural project, our students have many ways in which they can explore and cultivate their creative talents.

Learning about, exploring, and serving the local community is one of the areas we are most proud of at ISD. Our school has a long-standing tradition of getting involved in local service projects. Jappale, the local Wolof word for support, is a concept that is exhibited throughout the ISD community, and our students and staff work together to serve our school’s maintenance crew and their families. We also have strong partnerships with a local orphanage, a sister school in the Dakar suburb of Pikine, and with SamuSocial, a French NGO which works to support the street children – talibes – of Dakar. In these endeavors and many more, ISD students and staff show our commitment to the CORE value of Responsibility.

The high school division of the International School of Dakar is a special place where students come together from a wide range of backgrounds to learn, create, and explore. Please stop by for a visit or contact us for more information.

Lorne Bird
MS/HS Principal