School Expansion


Date: 28 Dec 2020 // By: Rita Dzide-Tei

Following the successful implementation of the International School of Ahafo’s (ISA) virtual school, Newmont is preparing to open up the school to all Newmont Ghana employees who wish to enroll their children in the school.ISA was originally set up to educate children of the Ahafo mine’s Senior Managers who reside at Mensah Kumta Village (MKV). The school is a top-rated international school with high academic standards that compare to any international school around the world.

The virtual school began in August 2020 and has been tremendously successful with about 100 students participating. It provided the opportunity for Newmont employees’ dependents, who live outside MKV, to experience ISA and continue learning despite the COVID-19 restrictions. Feedback from teachers, students and parents has been incredible and we cannot wait to begin in-person in 2021 once the government of Ghana permits the re-opening of schools.

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.

The International School of Ahafo is open to all Newmont Ghana Ahafo Project families and children of full-time teachers at ISA. Students moving to the area are accepted throughout the year, although entry at the beginning of term is encouraged, where possible. An overview of our admissions process has been provided below and the process must be successfully completed before a student is considered for enrolment.

Classes and Eligibility

For the 2020/2021 academic year, the school has classes from Reception (KG2) to Year 8 (JHS 2). Year 9 is not offered in the 2020-2021 academic year, but will be offered in the future. Nursery will only be open to MKV families. ISA welcomes applications from all age-appropriate children.

              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

Admission will be on a competitive basis as there are limited openings; there will be entrance assessments for students and interviews with students and parents. Initial vacancies per class can be found in the table below. Please note that these vacancies are based on COVID-19 and social distancing requirements. As restrictions are eased, class sizes will increase accordingly.

    Class              Reception            Year 1 & 2         Year 3 & 4      Year 5 & 6         Year 7 & 8     
 Maximum  10  10  10  10  10
 MKV Students   7  Yr 1 - 3

Yr 2 - 2

 Yr 3 - 2

Yr 4 - 2

 Yr 5 - 0

Yr 6 - 2

 Yr 7 - 2

Yr 8 - 0

 Vacancies  3  5  6  8  8


Step 1: Complete the Application Form online via the links below

Applications open on 1st January 2021 and interested parents can apply online via the school’s website www.isa.edu.gh and on Google Forms via the following link:

  • Reception Forms

https://forms.gle/S8pHkqAQEsQDx24P9

  • Primary and Lower -Secondary Application Forms

https://forms.gle/FdpAyD1c4Arsk7iL9

  • Applications close on Friday, 15th January 2021
  • Entrance Assessments and Interviews start on Monday, 18th January 2021

Step 2: Download and return a hard copy of the Application Form with the following supporting documents to the School Office:

  • A copy of the child’s last two (2) school reports
  • A copy of the child’s passport or birth certificate
  • A passport photo of the child
  • 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.

Newmont Educational Subsidy

  • Please note that employees whose children are admitted into the International School of Ahafo WILL NOT be eligible for the Newmont educational subsidy.

 

 

 

 

 

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