|1.||When does ISA re-open on site?||ISA virtual classes will continue at least for the first four (4) weeks because we are transitioning to the expanded school. At this point, we are unsure when schools in Ghana will be allowed to re-open physically.|
|2.||Does the School have a COVID-19 Management Plan?||
Yes, it will be shared with parents as part of the admission package.
|3.||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|
|4.||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.|
Will the Nursery be opened to non-MKV residents?
|No. The Nursery will be restricted to MKV residents.|
|6.||How will ISA expansion be managed?||The expansion will be in phases; enrolment will increase to 50 in this academic year (including the current ISA student), 75 in the next academic year and eventually to 100.|
|7.||What are the key application dates to note?|| i. Aplications open on 1st January 2021
ii. Applications close on Friday, 15th January 2021
iii. Entrance Assessments (in Mathematics and English) and Interviews start on Monday, 18thJanuary 2021
|8.||What is the application procedure?|| Step 1: Complete the Application Form online
via the school’s website www.isa.edu.gh and on Google Forms via the following links:
Primary and Lower Secondary Application Forms
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.
|9.||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.|
|10.||Will employees whose children are admitted into ISA be eligible for the Newmont Educational Subsidy?||No|
Will the school provide transportation?
|The school will provide transportation only to children in and around Kenyase, Ntrotroso and Hwidiem. The school’s vans and the school drivers will be used. All employees who live outside these areas will have to make private arrangements for transportation.|
|12.||Will the school provide lunch?||Newmont has decided to provide standardized lunch for students and staff, in line with its value of inclusion. Children are welcome to bring their own snack but lunch is mandatory. Newmont will build a Canteen which can accommodate 100 students. In the event that this is not ready before school reopens onsite, lunch will be served at the MKV Club House Bird Cage.|
|13.||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.|
|14.||What other provisions have been made for health and safety?||All our 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.|
|15.||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.|
Why are the school’s class sizes limited to 10?
|The current class vacancies are based on COVID-19 and social distancing requirements. As restrictions are eased, class sizes will increase accordingly as stated in Q6. Please visit the News From Our School section of the website – School Expansion – for the current class vacancies.|
|17.||What are the class vacancies for the 2020/2021 Academic Year||See the school website - spotlight banner photos and the School Expansion section of News from our School|
|18.||What are the class placements for the 2020/2021 Academic Year?|| Year Cut Off Ages
Reception At least 4 and not older than 5 by August 31, 2020
Year 1 At least 5 and not older than 6 by August 31, 2020
Year 2 At least 6 and not older than 7 by August 31, 2020
Year 3 At least 7 and not older than 8 by August 31, 2020
Year 4 At least 8 and not older than 9 by August 31, 2020
Year 5 At least 9 and not older than 10 by August 31, 2020
Year 6 At least 10 and not older than 11 by August 31, 2020
Year 7 At least 11 and not older than 12 by August 31, 2020
Year 8 At least 12 and not older than 13 by August 31, 2020
|18.||What curricula does ISA teach?||ISA teaches the Cambridge Primary and Secondary 1 curricula and the International Primary Curriculum (IPC).|
|19.||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.
|20.||How is the curricula enriched?||Our curricula are enriched by PE, Art, Ghanaian Language and Culture, Music, African Drumming and Dance.|
|21.||Does the school run extra-curricular activities?||We offer a wide range of extracurricular activities which reflect the interests of the children. Some of our activities on offer are computing and coding, cooking, football training, swimming, Taekwondo, dance, music, Scouts and knitting. The extracurricular activities are offered to Year 1 and above.|
|22.||Does the school provide opportunities for community service?||A commitment to service pervades the ethos of the school and enriches the curricula. Students affirm their heartfelt commitment to compassion and activism. 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.|
|24.||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
(See pages 16 and 17 of the School Brochure for a list of some international schools in Ghana).
Option 2 - 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).
|25.||Will ISA ever consider the GES curriculum?||
ISA is already a GES registered school and arrangements will be made for children to take the BECE after Year 9.