Secondary education in Togo is divided into two cycles namely the lower secondary cycle, which runs from grades seven to 10, and the upper secondary cycle encompassing grades 11 to 13. To complete the 10th grade, Students will sit for and receive the Brevet d’Etudes du Premier Cycle du Second Degre (BEPC), and on completion of grade 13, they are awarded the Baccalaureat.
- Duration: 6 years
- Primary Languages: French
- Terms : 2 terms
- Admission Term: throughout the year
Junior secondary education or middle school is the first level of secondary education and lasts for 4 years. The certificate of graduation from junior secondary or the Brevet d’Etudes du Premier Cycle du Second Degre (BEPC). Senior secondary education or high school lasts for three years. It encompasses grades 11 to 13.
Let’s take a brief look at some international schools offering some of the best education for locals and expatriates in Togo.
American International School of Lome (AISL)
This is a private, non-profit, preparatory day school offering an educational program to students of all nationalities from Nursery to Grade 12. The school is located in Kegue, a suburb north of Lome, Togo. The school offers an American-style curriculum.
- Founded: 1967
- Location: Boulevard du Haho Kegue, Lome, Togo
- Grades: nursery to 12th grade.
- Student population: 100+
- Language of instruction: English
- Type: co-educational, non-profit
- Terms: 2 semesters (September to January, and February to mid-June)
- Accreditation: Middle States Association (MSA).
Instruction at the school is in English while French is taught as a second language.
Curriculum- the curriculum offered here is based on the American system and emphasizes inquiry, problem-solving, and student research. Students take subjects such as math, science, language arts, social studies, French, music, art, Educational Technology, and Physical Education, to mention but a few.
Extracurricular activities and sport- The school offers an extracurricular program with activities including swimming, basketball, soccer, volleyball, and after-school activities including ceramics, painting, chess, taekwondo, beading, dance, and homework help, to mention but a few. Students can choose which sport and activity they want to do and are assisted by qualified and competent staff.
Facilities- The school offers many facilities including classrooms, a science lab, an IT Lab, a library, an art room, a music room, a French room, a multipurpose room. sports and leisure facilities including, an elementary playground, a soccer field, a running track, a basketball court, a patio, lawns, and student gardens.
The British School of Lome
This is an international, coeducational and multicultural British school in Lome, Togo that offers a curriculum based on the British National Curriculum. The school is open to students of different nationalities, ethnicity, and religion and offers all students equal access to all programs offered here. All students are entitled to a challenging international education and aim to provide a caring and stimulating learning environment that meets the needs of each student.
- Established: 1983
- Address: Résidence Du Benin, Lome, Togo
- Duration of study: 6 years
- Primary Languages: English
- Terms : 3 terms (august to December, January to April, and April to June)
Key Stage 3 (years 7 to 9)- Students will take core subjects such as English, Mathematics, Science, and French. Students will also take lessons in History, Geography, Spanish, Physical Education, Art and Design, Music, and Drama. Key Stage 3 aims to provide a transition from primary school and to prepare students for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education(IGCSE).
Key Stage 4 (years 10 and 11)- key stage 4 prepares students for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education(IGCSE). compulsory subjects offered here include Maths, English Language and French. students must also study at least one science subject from the list of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Elective subjects include Art and Design, Business Studies, Drama, Economics, English Literature, Geography, History, Information and Communication Technology, Music, Physical Education, and Spanish. students also study personal, social, health, and economic education(PSHE).
Key Stage 5 (years 12-13)- inKey Stage 5 students take the International Baccalaureate Diploma program at the ages of age 16 to 19. students will study 6 subjects (3 at higher level, and the remaining at standard level), from the following subject groups: Language and Literature, Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies, Sciences, Mathematics, and the Arts. students must also complete a project related to the three core elements including Theory of knowledge, The extended essay, and Creativity, activity, service which are the required components of the IBDP program meant to broaden the students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills.
Prospective students- parents must provide All documents required by the school including:
- Visa if applicable
- Birth certificate
- Medical form
- Living address
- Previous academic report (English translations required)
- Reference from the previous school (where applicable)
Arc-en-Ciel International School
This is a multicultural, and bilingual school, an international school offering an educational program from the International Baccalaureate. The school s located on 3 campuses. The school offers education from Kindergarten to secondary school. It is the only school in Africa that offers the IB continuum program from kindergarten to high school in both French and English. The school aims to provide a high-quality international education that allows them to develop their full potential
- Address: B.P. 2985, Lome- Togo
- grades: kindergarten to high school
- Language of instruction: English, french
- International student representation: 40+ nationalities
- Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m, and Saturdays 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Accreditation: International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme
The secondary school encompasses grades 6 to 12, aged about 11 to 18 years.
curriculum- All students at the secondary school take the Middle Years Programme (MYP) or Diploma Programme (DP). The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) is for students aged 11 to 16 years. It is a challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. Subjects offered here may include Language Acquisition, Language and Literature, Individuals and societies, Sciences, Mathematics, Arts, Physical and health education and Design, to mention but a few.
Students also take the diploma program on completion of the middle year's program. The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP) is for students aged 16 to 19 years. Students have to complete a project in 3 core areas namely Theory of knowledge, The extended essay (a 4 000 word paper), and Creativity, activity, service, in which students complete a project related to those three concepts. Students also take 6 subjects from subject groups including Studies in language and literature. Language acquisition, Individuals and societies, Sciences, Mathematics, and The Arts.
Extracurricular activities- the School aims to create a conducive environment where students can develop their talents and skills in a safe, and encouraging environment and offer a variety of sports and other activities.
Prospective Students- parents are advised to complete the application forms and provide the following documents:
- School reports of the last two years (in French or English)
- Brief handwritten writing by the student to introduce themselves and describe their interests.
- A recent passport photo
- A Photocopy of an official document indicating the date of birth for children up to 5 years of age.