Windhoek International School (WIS) was founded in December 1990, the year in which Namibia achieved independence. We opened our doors to our first students in January 1991 and in 2016 we proudly celebrated our 25th birthday.
The school was founded to serve the needs of the children of the international community in Namibia and of those Namibian families who are attracted by the unique international character of the school and who share its philosophy and objectives. It is a not-for-profit entity governed by a volunteer Board.
We moved to our present spacious campus in 1994 and have steadily added facilities. We have also grown. What began as a small school in 1991 today enrols more than 400 students aged from 3 to 18 and employs nearly 80 teachers and other educational specialists from twenty countries.
We have been an IB World school since the 1990s, offering the PYP and IB Diploma. In fact, WIS is the only IB school in Namibia.
For twenty years the school has also offered IGCSE courses to our students in Grade 9 and 10.
With the PYP, IGCSE and IB Diploma, our students are following internationally recognised courses with external validation.
The school is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Council of International Schools (CIS).
Our last full accreditation visit was in 2010. In 2015 we successfully passed our five-year review and in 2020 we will again welcome a visiting team from NEASC.
The language of instruction is English and we also offer French, German and Portuguese. The school is proud of its inclusive ethos. We see diversity as a strength and WIS is without a doubt the most diverse community of learners in Windhoek.