|1.||Does the School have a COVID-19 Management Plan?||
Yes, it will be shared with parents at the beginning of each academic year.
|2.||Is ISA opened to Newmont employees outside Ahafo?||Newmont is now extending access to the school to dependents of all Newmont Ghana employees who meet the eligibility criteria. This means that Accra and Akyem employees are eligible to apply for admission for their children if they have their own accommodation and transportation arrangements near the school.|
Is the Nursery opened to non-MKV residents?
|No. The Nursery is restricted to MKV residents.|
|4.||How will ISA expansion be managed?||The expansion will be in phases; enrolment was increased to 50 in the 2020/2021 academic year. Numbers will be increased gradually over the next years up to approximately 100 students.|
|5.||When can students apply?||Students moving to MKV are accepted throughout the year, although entry at the beginning of terms is encouraged, where possible. For non-MKV students, there is a selection process involving written assignments in English and Mathematics and an interview with parents and the student. The times to apply will be advertised through Newmont.|
|6.||What is the application procedure?||
Step 1: Complete the Application Form online - contact the school office for the link.
MKV Parents can apply at any time
Non-MKV parents will be advised through Newmont when spaces are available
Once the form has been filled in online,
Step 2: Download and return a hard copy of the Application Form with the following supporting documents to the School Office:i. A copy of the child’s last two (2) school reports
ii. A copy of the child’s passport or birth certificate
iii. A passport photo of the child
iv. A copy of the child’s vaccination certificate and medical certificate
ISA is an equal opportunities school and therefore no child will be turned away on the grounds of gender, race, religion or disability.
|7.||Will the school charge any fees?||ISA does not currently charge tuition fees. Parents will be expected to pay for school uniforms, PE wear, field trips, among others.|
|8.||Will employees whose children are admitted into ISA be eligible for the Newmont Educational Subsidy?||No|
Will the school provide transportation?
|There are limited spaces on the school bus and parents are encouraged to make alternative arrangements, if possible. The school provides transportation only to children in and around Kenyase, Ntrotroso and Hwidiem. All employees who live outside these areas will have to make private arrangements for transportation.|
|10.||Will the school provide lunch?||Newmont has decided to provide standardized lunch for students and staff, in line with its value of inclusion. Children should bring their own snack. Newmont will build a Canteen but in the meantime, lunch will be served at the MKV Club House.|
|11.||Will there be a Sick Bay?||Yes. More information on the management of sick children will be provided in the Parent Handbook as part of the admission package.|
|12.||What other provisions have been made for health and safety?||Three staff have received training in First Aid and there is a rigorous procedure for addressing the school’s health and safety needs. The school liaises with Newmont ERT on all emergencies.|
|13.||Will the school be fenced off with a separate entrance?||Yes. The MKV Nursery will not be within this fenced area since it is only open to MKV families.|
|14.||Why are the school’s class sizes limited?||The current class sizes are based on COVID-19 and social distancing requirements. As restrictions are eased, class sizes will increase accordingly.|
|15.||What curricula does ISA teach?||ISA teaches the Cambridge Primary and Secondary 1 curricula and the International Primary Curriculum (IPC).|
|16.||Is ISA accredited?||
ISA is an accredited Cambridge and IPC school.The school is recognized by the Ghana Education Service (GES registration number ASD/PRPR/08/15),registered with the Ministry of Education’s National Inspectorate Board and is a member of the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA). The school is aiming to secure CIS accreditation by 2023/2024.
|17.||How is the curricula enriched?||Our curricula are enriched by PE, Art, Ghanaian Language and Culture, Music, African Drumming and Dance. Clubs are also offered.|
|18.||Does the school run extra-curricular activities?||We offer a wide range of extracurricular activities. Some of our activities have included computing and coding, cooking, football training, swimming, Taekwondo, dance, music, Scouts and knitting. The extracurricular activities are offered to Year 1 and above and take place within the school day on Fridays.|
|19.||Does the school provide opportunities for community service?||A commitment to service pervades the ethos of the school and enriches the curricula. We inspire students to use their voice for the greater good.|
How does your curriculum compare with GES?
|Regardless of the curriculum, all primary school children all over the world need to build the same skills-set for reading, comprehension, arithmetic, science etc. An international school has an added advantage of providing your child with a solid foundation to thrive in any educational system, including the GES system. The content standards and learning indicators of the GES Curriculum, especially for English, Mathematics and Science, are fully covered in the Learning Objectives of the Cambridge Curriculum Frameworks so that our students can transition seamlessly into other systems.|
|21.||How do I manage the transition beyond ISA?||Beyond ISA, there are two main pathways to Secondary School, depending on the choice of school system the parent decides, for the child to pursue.
Option 1 - After Year 9, students can apply to any international school in Ghana or beyond. These schools offer one or more of the following programmes:
i. International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) for Years 10 – 11
ii. General Certificate of Education (GCE) for Grades 10 - 12
iii. IB Programmes for Years 10 – 13 /Form 4 to 6th Form
(Refer to the School Brochure for a list of some international schools in Ghana).
Option 2 - In the future when there are more students in the upper grades, ISA plans to introduce a dual curriculum; maintain the current international curricula (Cambridge and IPC) and introduce the Ghana Education Service (GES) Junior High School curriculum (JHS) from Year 7. This will cater to the needs of students seeking to write the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) at year 9 to enter national Senior High Schools (SHS)
|22.||Will ISA ever consider the GES curriculum?||
ISA is already a GES registered school and is exploring the possibility of Year 9 students taking the BECE in future.