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Ibadan international school

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For many years there has been a need for a high-quality, independent international school in Ibadan to serve both the local and expatriate communities. The Ibadan International School was founded in 2003 by the Zard Foundation to fill this niche.

IIS provides a broad, international curriculum that enables its students to continue their education anywhere in the world, while prepping them to live in harmony with others. The Pre-school and Junior School sections of the school follow the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) and the school currently has IB candidate status. In the Senior School Section, the students follow the IGCSE curriculum. All the students are also involved in a variety of activities which take them out of the classroom and promote learning in real-life situations. A range of optional after-school activities are provided each afternoon, including Dance/Drama, Art, Swimming, Piano lessons, Chess, Football, Bead-making, Cookery, Taekwando and a variety of others. The children are also involved in community service projects which aim to develop them into responsible citizens, aware of their environment and others around them.


 IIS is built around a beautiful colonial-style building. The school is equipped with a well resourced Library, a specialist Art Room, Music Room, ICT and Science Laboratory. The School field is used for general sporting activities and the school has access to a tennis court, a basket-ball court and two private swimming pools nearby.

To offer a high quality international education in a stimulating, challenging and caring environment. We aim to give each student every opportunity to realize his/her maximum potential academically and as an individual, while at the same time teaching them to live harmoniously as part of a diverse community.


  •  To maintain a high standard of education.
  • To support each child in achieving his/her full potential.
  • To develop open, inquiring minds and inspire creativity and a love of learning.
  • To promote respect and tolerance towards others.
  • To offer a wide range of relevant learning experiences in a positive and caring atmosphere.
  • To enable students to continue their education anywhere in the world.
  • To foster an awareness of the wider world and a sense of belonging to the global community.
  • To encourage the development of knowledge and appreciation of the host country.
  • To inculcate respect and concern for the local community.  



Dates of Admission

Children are admitted in September every year. If children are moving from another country or school, they can be admitted at any time in the school year provided there is a space in the class of their age group.  There is an admission limit of 16 students per class in Pre-School and Junior School and 20 students per class in Senior School.

Assessment Strategy
All prospective children from age 4 are assessed according to a set of pre-determined criteria (literacy, numeracy and comprehension skills) to determine the student’s ability and aptitude.   Depending on the outcome of the assessment and space availability, an admission into IIS is offered.   Once a child is offered admission into IIS, the parent/guardian needs to:

Pay a registration fee which entitles them to a registration pack containing all registration forms, list of requirements, curriculum information, parents’ handbook and IIS Year Book from the preceding year.

  1. Complete and return the registration forms with photocopies of previous school reports/final assessments, photocopies of passport or birth certificate, vaccination card and 2 passport photographs.
  2. Collect a letter of admission for  his/ her child(ren) from the School Office
  3. Pay school fees and other required fees






Pre-Nursery / Nursery


Pre-Kg / Kg


Pre-School After-School Play Centre
(For students waiting for an older siblings)



Grades 1-6



S Y 1 & 2


S Y 3 & 4



Text Book Usage Fee

25,000 per session

Additional Payments for New Families:

  • Half of one term's fees as deposit per family (applicable to the eldest child) (refundable when the School is given one term’s notice before child’s withdrawal)
  • Development levy for new families - N200,000.00 (One-off Payment )
  • Registration fee of N20, 000.00 per child (One-off Payment )

Items Available For Purchase:

  IIS Polo Shirt (Nurs. upward) N 2,000.00 per shirt
  Sports Wear N 2,000.00 per set
  Sports Bag (Optional) N 1000.00
  Swim  Bag  (Optional) N 1000.00
  Swim wear (Optional) N 2,200.00 (Small sizes), N2, 500.00 (Larger sizes)


  Optional After School Activities N 3,500.00 per club
  PTA Levy (per term per family) N2,000.00
  Field Trips and Special Events (per child per term for Junior and Senior School only) N5,000.00

Discount Schedule

    • Families with three or more children:- 10% discount on eldest child
    • Families who pay a full year’s school fees:- 5% discount
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**** Please note: Only one discount can apply per family

A) The Primary Years Programme (PYP)
The Ibadan International School is currently the first school in Nigeria to receive authorization from the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) to offer the Primary Years Programme (PYP). We are implementing the Primary Years Programme (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) for students from Nursery up to Grade Six. The PYP is an international curricular framework specifically designed for the needs of children aged 3-12. It focuses on the total growth of the developing child and takes into account their social, physical, emotional and cultural needs. At the same time, it gives children a strong academic foundation in all the major areas of knowledge.  In the PYP, teachers and students generate concept questions which they use to conduct inquiry into significant content. Through this inquiry process, students gain knowledge and skills and are encouraged to engage in responsible action. They do all of this in a school climate that fosters positive attitudes and develops the concept of internationalism.The PYP programme seeks to develop pupils to become:

        • Inquirers,
        • Thinkers,
        • Effective Communicators,
        • Risk Takers,
        • Knowledgeable,
        • Principled,
        • Caring,
        • Open-minded,
        • Balanced, and
        • Evaluators of their own learning (Reflective).

The curriculum in the PYP is taught through six transdisciplinary themes:

        1. who we are,
        2. where we are in place and time,
        3. how we express ourselves
        4. how the world works,
        5. how we organize ourselves and
        6. sharing the planet.

These themes are intended to help children make sense of themselves, of other people, of the physical environment and to give them different ways of looking at the world.

(taken from “Making it Happen 2002”)

B) The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) 
The students in the final years of study at IIS in the Senior School section prepare for the IGCSE examinations. The IGCSE provides a series of syllabi and assessment programmes to cover the two years of education between the ages of 14-16.
The IGCSE is recognized by universities and colleges throughout the world and is also a preparation for ‘A’ level courses.                                        
A number of staff have been given specific responsibilities to ensure that each curriculum is subject to a process of continuous review and development and that it is appropriately planned, resourced and taught.


Children enter IIS Pre-School from age 2. The IB PYP curriculum is taught to students from Nursery (Age 3) to KG (Age 5). Children at IIS are encouraged to be in charge of their learning. Preschool needs to complete 4 units from the themes of their choice. Through exploration and investigation the children develop the skills to conduct research, empowering them with the tools to understand their world.

Learning in IIS Pre-School is achieved through fun and hands-on activities. The children take part in assessing what they have learned. Methods of assessment by the teachers reflect individual development. Conferences between the teachers and parents monitor the development of the children.

As well as recognizing the importance of concepts, knowledge, and skills, the PYP places great importance on the development of positive attitudes toward people, the environment, and learning. This is achieved through the children identifying and modeling elements of the learner profile. The learner profile consists of ten attributes: inquirers, thinkers, communicators, risk-takers, knowledgeable, principled, caring, open-minded, well-balanced, and reflective - which promote positive social interaction, cooperation, and responsibility for their environment.


As an authorized IB school, we are implementing the PYP programme. The IBO works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of education and rigorous assessment. Our performance is monitored by the IBO and training is provided by them for our teachers and staff in order to keep them up-to-date with the latest developments in curriculum design.

Our primary school curriculum offers a range of structured experiences which aim to develop the knowledge, skills and positive attitudes which will enable students to understand the world and actively participate in it.

The learning climate is such that with active teacher support, children have the confidence to take risks, approach problems creatively, work collaboratively and accept responsibility.

Standards are high and the children are challenged to reach the ultimate level of which they are capable.

The International Baccalaureate system 'extends' the child, offering richness and variety and emphasizing deep understanding of important broad concepts, through an inquiry approach, encouraging a love of learning.


The students in the final years of study at IIS in the Senior School section prepare for the IGCSE examinations. The IGCSE provides a series of syllabi and assessment programmes to cover the two years of education between the ages of 14-16.

The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) has been developed by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate in collaboration with international schools. It is based on the English National Curriculum GCSE model but tailored to international student needs. The IGCSE qualification is an internationally recognised passport to post-16 education, e.g. for International Baccalaureate studies, A-levels, or other national examination systems.

The guiding principle of IGCSE is that students are rewarded for positive achievement - what they know, understand and can do - rather than penalised for an accumulation of errors. The curriculum encourages not just the acquisition of knowledge, but also:

  • The development of oral and practical skills 
  • An investigative approach
  • The use of initiative to solve problems
  • Application of skills, knowledge and understanding
  • The ability to undertake individual projects and to work as part of a team.

IGCSE - Benefits for Students

  • IGCSE is a high profile qualification with an excellent reputation
  • IGCSE provides a foundation for higher level courses, such as GCE A and AS Levels, the International Baccalaureate Diploma, the Advanced Certificate  of International Education (ACIE) Diploma and the North American Advanced Placement programme
  • Study and examination at IGCSE provide a broad knowledge base and learning skills that are excellent preparation for employment
  • IGCSE is recognised as a reliable record of attainment which counts towards entry to universities and colleges around the world
  • IGCSE offers a flexible course of study that gives teachers and candidates the potential to tailor the curriculum appropriately for them
  • By studying a broad selection of IGCSE subjects, students can benefit from the additional award of the Certificate of International Education (CIE).

Our school library has an extensive collection of books, periodicals and audio visual materials to meet the wide range of interests of every student and also to help in developing the school curriculum. Our goal is to stimulate and develop good reading habits in every child. At IIS we believe that “Readers are Leaders.”


The school has a dedicated ICT Lab which is fully equipped with state of the art technology. Each student has a dedicated computer to work at during ICT classes.



Music is a part of everyday life. It is a form of nonverbal communication that allows us to convey our ideas, feelings and emotions.

Teaching of music in IIS is arranged into five strands: viz

  1. Performing: i.e. Singing, and playing musical instruments
  2. Creating and Composing
  3. Notation
  4. Listening and appreciation
  5. Music in society.

Though these strands students are exposed to and work on a wide range of musical stimuli. They develop an awareness and appreciation of music from a range of times, places and cultures. They are also taught to read sheet music and play several instruments such as the piano, the recorder, percussion instruments and the guitar.


IIS believes that school trips and educational visits add an important dimension to our educational programme. Whenever an educational visit is scheduled to take place, parents will be informed in writing of the venue, transport arrangements, timing and any costs involved. A consent slip must be filled in by the parent/guardian and returned to the School Office before their child can go on the trip.


At IIS, sports are a very important aspect of our curriculum.

Sports foster values such as discipline, responsibility, self-confidence, accountability, co-operation, fair-play and team-work.

Sports for our students not only provide recreation but also make their bodies strong and keep them healthy.  Sports help our students to develop physically and also mentally.

IIS is equipped with the following sports facilities:

  • A School field which is used for football, badminton, taekwondo and hand ball.
  • Access to two private swimming pools.
  • Access to a tennis court
  • Access to a basket-ball court.

Our Annual Sports Day takes place during the second term of the school year.





Phone Main Office: (+234-2)231-
Address Ibadan International School 24 Jibowu Crescent, Iyaganku, Ibadan, Nigeria, West Africa.


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