Secondary education in Ghana consists of a junior phase and a senior phase, which both last for 3 years. The junior secondary phase concludes the compulsory School phase in ghana. Students usually finish junior secondary at the age of 15.
During senior secondary education, pupils are taught English, mathematics, social studies, and integrated science. In addition to these subjects, they can choose from several electives. These electives are followed in the specializations of agriculture, business, technology, and trade, as well as general education (arts or sciences).
- Grades: 7-12 or 13
- Duration: 6 years
- Primary Languages: English
- Terms : 2 semesters
- Admission Term: throughout the year
Junior Secondary school
In junior secondary school, students learn subjects including English, mathematics, social studies, and integrated science in addition to basic design and technology, religious and moral education, French, and Information and Communication Technology. At the end of junior school students sit for examinations to obtain the Basic Education Certificate. A school year in the junior secondary phase lasts 45 weeks.
Senior Secondary school- In public national schools students take core subjects that include English Language, Integrated Science, Mathematics, and Social Studies. They must also take three to four Elective subjects, from any one of seven groups that include Sciences, Arts (social sciences and humanities), Vocational (visual arts or home economics), Technical, Business, and Agriculture. In conclusion of Senior secondary education, students sit for the West African Senior School Certificate examinations whereupon they will be awarded the West African Examinations Council, Ghana National Office. In these examinations, students take exams in four compulsory subjects, namely English, mathematics, social studies, and integrated science and In addition, they must sit examinations in three to four electives. students usually complete senior secondary school at the age of 18 years. A senior secondary school year lasts 40 weeks.
Let’s take a brief look at some international schools offering some of the best education for locals and expatriates in Ghana.
American International School (AIS), ghana
This is an international school that serves students from the ages of 3 to 18 as an American Dual-Accredited College Preparatory School. The school uses 21st Century strategies and best practices to prepare students to make the greatest impact in a global society. Learning and teaching here focus on 4 cs namely collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and cultural diversity.
- Founded: 2006
- Address: No 1 Jungle Road, East Legon, Accra, Ghana.
- Grades: pre-Kindergarten 2 to 12th grade.
- Student population: 200
- Student-teacher Ratio: 1:8
- International representation: 35+ nationalities.
- Language of instruction: English
- Type: co-educational, non-profit.
- Terms: 2 semesters (August to June)
Accreditation: Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools MSA and more.
Middle School- Middle School is structured to be a growth phase as students transition from Elementary to High School. The school offers a rigorous, safe, and loving environment where students learn and take responsibility for their education. This stage prepares students for senior secondary school and life beyond secondary school. The middle school encompasses three grades, years 7 to 9.
High School- the high school program follows the Carnegie Unit (credit) system leading to an American High School diploma. This level prepares students for life and education at university. The high school focuses on meeting the students’ behavioral, academic, social, and spiritual needs. Most courses offered here are at the honors and advanced placement levels. Students will also have to be involved in community service and take short-term internships to help others and expand their view of the world. The school also offers SAT preparatory classes and preliminary tests for High School students from the 8th to the 12th grades.
co-curricular activities- In addition to academics, AIS offers many choices in sports; soccer, basketball, and volleyball. There are also non-sports clubs students participate in, for example, Model United Nations (MUN), science club, chess, TaekWonDo, Ballet, Piano, Guitar, French, Legos, Basketball, Volleyball, Chess, Logic Games, Soccer, Science and Robotics, Arts and Crafts, Tennis to mention but a few.
Tuition and Fees -Tuition and fees for the academic year are to be paid in three parts that include;
- a One Time Application and Registration Fee
- Annual Tuition
- Annual Capital Levy Fees.
All tuition and fees are quoted in Ghanaian Cedis per the government directive and Parents who wish to pay in USD may do so at an exchange rate given by the school.
British International School
This is a premium world-class international school located in, providing quality international education to meet the needs of the rapidly growing, diverse community in the World. Our school is made up of three sections: the Early Years, Primary and Secondary Departments. The school combines a personalized approach to the students’ social, intellectual, moral, and physical development with excellent sporting and technological facilities, world-class equipment, small class sizes, and a variety of co-curricular activities. The school also offers boarding facilities.
- Established: 2007
- Location: Ghana East Legon Hills, Greater Accra, Ghana.
- Language of instruction: English
- Grades: early years to secondary school.
- Curriculum: IGCSE (Cambridge), British National Curriculum
- Type: Co-educational
- School Year: August/ September – June/ July
The school offers high-quality education for a diverse population, both local and international, regardless of their sex, status, and political affiliation, cultural, religious, and ethnic backgrounds. And qualifications that meet the ongoing demands of employers and educators in Ghana.
Curriculum- The secondary Programme is divided into 3, namely Cambridge Secondary 1 for students aged 11 to 14 years, IGCSE for 14 to 16-year-olds, and AS or Advanced level for 16 to 19-year-olds. Cambridge Secondary 1 is known as Lower Secondary school and begins in Year 7 and ends in Year 9. The subjects taught here include English Language, Science, Mathematics, and ICT, and Students are allowed to lay a strong foundation for the IGCSE level by studying other subjects including Literature in English, French, Geography, and History. On completion of lower secondary, students will sit for the Checkpoint Secondary 1 examination.
The school focuses on the five major subject groups aligned by Cambridge, namely Languages, Humanities, Mathematics, Sciences and Business, Technical and Vocational. Subject groupings are elaborated below
Facilities- students have access to a wide range of modern state art facilities including Large air-conditioned Classrooms, I.C.T Labs, Science Labs, a Music Studio, an Art Studio, a Recording Studio, a Multimedia center, an indoor lounge, an Astroturf Soccer Pitch, a Tennis Court, Basketball Court, Volleyball or Handball Court, an Indoor Swimming Pool, and Gymnasium.
Co-curricular activities- the school provides a nurturing environment for its students to thrive and at the same time showcase their gifts and talents. There are a variety of clubs that students can join and these include swimming, drama and poetry, tennis, music club, art, and design club, fitness and sport, chess club, and entrepreneurship club.
Prospective students- Parents f prospective students are advised to read in full the School’s terms and conditions before applying. After that they have to submit the following:
- application form with two passport pictures of your child
- a copy of the child’s birth certificate or passport
- a testimonial from the last school attended
- a medical report of the child, the child’s last term report card, or transcript
- an Application and testing fee (non-refundable and payable before or during the interview for admission)
- Reference letter from the previous school
- The transfer letter from the previous school
- Health clearance
Galaxy International School
Is an international school located in Accra, Ghana that provides day and boarding facilities to children living in Ghana and children of foreign-based families and Ghanaians living outside Ghana.
Secondary school section
- Adress: No. 734 Ashale Botwe Sraha
- CT 70, Cantonments Accra
- established: 2001
- Grades : 7-12/13
- Duration of study: 6 years
- Primary Languages: English
- Terms : 2 terms
- Admission Term: throughout the year
Curriculum- the school follows the Cambridge curricula in the junior, senior secondary, and advanced levels.
Lower secondary- this is the first stage of secondary education and encompasses grades 7 to 9, for students aged 11 to 14. Lower Secondary education here develops skills in ten subjects including English, Mathematics, and Science, and is designed to help schools deliver a broad and balanced curriculum that suits their context, culture, and ethics. The curriculum focuses on developing knowledge and skills in all subjects while providing strong foundations for the next stages in education. Junior secondary offers subjects that include English, Art and Design, Digital Literacy, English as a Second Language, Global Perspectives, Information and Physical Education, and Science
Upper secondary- Upper Secondary is typically for students aged 14 to 16 years and offers learners two routes, namely Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge O Level.
- IGCSE - Cambridge IGCSE offers a flexible curriculum, with a wide variety of subjects to choose from in any combination. It helps to improve performance by developing skills in creative thinking, inquiry and problem-solving. Subjects include Accounting, Art and Design, Agriculture, Biology, Physical Education, Design and Technology, English - First Language, Geography, Mathematics, History, Information and Communication Technology, to mention but a few.
- Cambridge O Level- this is an internationally recognized qualification equivalent to Cambridge IGCSE that provides learners with excellent preparation for Cambridge Advanced level and beyond. Students in this pathway have a variety of subjects to choose from, in any combination, including Accounting, Agriculture, Literature in English, Biology, Chemistry, Business Studies, Mathematics, Chemistry, Commerce, Economics, English Language, Geography, to mention but a few.
Cambridge Advanced - is typically for learners aged 16 to 19 years who are preparing for university and higher education. It offers students two routes namely Cambridge International AS and Advanced Level, and Cambridge Pre-University.
AS and A Levels- the curricula helps students to develop a deep understanding of subjects and independent thinking skills. Subjects include Accounting, Art and Design, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design and Technology, Design and Textiles, Digital Media and Design, Divinity, Drama, Economics, English- Language, English - Language and Literature, English – Literature, Environmental Management, Geography, Global Perspectives and Research, History, to mention but a few.
Cambridge Pre-University- is a qualification that prepares students for university and promotes independent and self-directed learning in preparation for undergraduate study. Subjects offered here include Art and Design, Art History, Biology, Business and Management, Chemistry, geography, Economics, English- Literature in English, Further Mathematics, and History, to mention but a few.
Facilities- The school offers excellent state of the art facilities such as a Boarding House, Classrooms, Dining Hall, Serene Environment, Garden Chess, Laboratories, Library, Sickbay, Sports Facilities, Staff Room, and Washrooms
Prospective students- to apply for admission here, parents of prospective students must Purchase the application form, complete and submit it to the admission office along with the following documents:
- Last two Terminal Reports / Transcript
- Testimonial from the last school.
- Known examination results
- Two passport size photographs
- Photocopy of birth certificate or passport
- Medical Report in the school’s format