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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 2021, we proudly celebrated our 30th 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. WIS is presently an IB MYP candidate school, and anticipates that our current Grade 9 students will undertake the MYP eAssessment in May 2025 in lieu of the IGCSE.*


The school is a member of the Council of International Schools (CIS) and is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Our most recent reaccreditation visit was in January 2020. 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.

*Windhoek International School is a Candidate School** for the MYP. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Windhoek International School believes is important for our students.

**Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme, or the Career-related Programme (CP).  Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit

wis grade 12 students
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