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DIRECTOR’S WELCOME REMARKS

Welcome to Acorns International School (AIS), a school now well into its second decade of bringing exemplary, world class education to Uganda.

AIS has journeyed, from being a preschool in 1996, to a primary school in 2012, to the existing sprawling 5-acre campus that nurtures the holistic and balanced development of each child, be it an 18-month- old or an 18- year-old!

The trajectory from being The Acorns School to Acorns International School (AIS) has been an exhilarating one. Today, AIS is only school, in Uganda, that provides renowned International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum programmes (Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme) as well as A Levels.

Located along the Northern Bypass, just off Bukoto – Kisaasi Road, AIS is a truly international school, with a diverse student population representing more than 50 nationalities and a staff population to match.

An accredited Primary Years Programme (PYP) school, AIS is an authorised IB Primary World School and also authorised Cambridge A Levels School. AIS is pursuing authorisation, with its candidate* status for the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP). IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to unparalleled quality and globally-acclaimed education, a trait you will see reflected in AIS.

In addition to be a licensed and registered by Ministry of Education and Sports and KCCA, Uganda, we are also accredited from Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA). Our international curriculum covers all aspects of learning, including Kiswahili, French, Physical Education and Swimming, Performing Arts and all the core curriculum disciplines. Students in our older classes appear for the International Schools’ Assessment (ISA) examinations, at the end of the academic year. Our other international school partners are Northwest Evaluation Association™ (NWEA) and International Schools’ Assessment (ISA).

We believe in maximising performance and helping each child reach their full potential, and hence, we maintain a strict student-teacher ratio in each class. Starting Year 1, we conduct placement assessments for new students, to ensure that their learning curve is not disrupted in transition. A variety of approaches are used for assessments through the year, be it formative, summative, peer or self-assessment. At the end of the academic year, progress examinations, in both mathematics and language, are carried out for our primary grade students.
*Only schools authorised by the IB Organisation can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme (and in addition the IB Career-related Certificate). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorisation will be granted.

For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org and https://www.cambridgeinternational.org

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