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Harare International School

Harare International School, a private, non-profit, college preparatory school, was founded in 1992 to serve the international community of Harare. Housed on a 21-acre campus in the city's northern suburb of Mount Pleasant, HIS boasts a state-of-the-art campus comprised of 13 buildings housing 36 classrooms, among them: three computer labs, four science labs, two music rooms, two art rooms, and a library with a technology-based reference center. There is a new physical education complex containing a regulation-sized gymnasium, a dance studio, weight room, and shower/changing facilities. A Performing Arts Centre, completed in July 2002, houses a 750-seat theatre, drama and music classrooms and practice areas.

The Harare International School, by mission and philosophy, aims to provide an English-based education from Pre-K through Grade 12. While the ethos and curricular base of the school are American in concept and intent, it is the school’s goal to incorporate the best practices, methods, and materials from educational systems around the world. The Advanced Placement International Diploma program for high school will be offered for the final year for students seeking admission to those universities and countries that recognize the APID and for purposes of advanced standing at American universities. The International Baccalaureate Diploma program began in August 2004 in grade 11 so as to serve best the international student body. ESL is offered for those students in need of supplementary English lessons and the school is in the process of extending its special needs services to the secondary school. French is offered starting in Grade 2 and Spanish from Grade 5. There is also the additional option of studying other languages through the Native Language Program.

Harare International School offers a full range of after-school activities including sports, intra-murals, instrumental and vocal programs, art, drama, student government, yearbook, and computers. The school competes with and co-operates among local schools in competitive sports, fine arts, and Knowledge Bowl contests. International sports matches have begun with sister schools in the Southern African region. All students in Grades 4-12 participate in an annual week-long Explore Zimbabwe program to foster an appreciation of the beauty and culture of our host country.

The Harare International School year runs from mid August through early June with breaks at Christmas and Easter, following a typical Northern Hemisphere calendar.

Enrollment forms should be obtained and submitted, along with a US$500 Admissions Fee, prior to arrival in country, if possible, to ensure placement. All secondary students sit assessments once on-site so as to determine reading and math levels and to assure proper placement.

The school is accredited by both the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and CIS.

School Summary:

National, IB, curricula.

425 students, 5-21 yrs.


66 Pendennis Road, Mt Pleasant, Harare, Zimbabwe Tel: (+263) 4 870514/ 883336 Fax: (+263) 4 883371 ;