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What types of schools do most expats in your city choose for their children?
Expats to Dar es Salaam usually enroll children in the main private schools.
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What are some examples of these schools?
Schools listed alphabetically and the areas they are situated in:
Aga Khan Schools - Primary and secondary schools in the West Upanga region near the Aga Khan Hospital
Dar es Salaam International Academy - In Masaki near the Transit Supermarket
Dar International School Trust Fund - For boys and girls from nursery to grade 7 and forms 1 to 4. Situated in Sinza.
Dar es Salaam Independent Schools - Mikocheni. Primary and secondary school following the Cambridge curriculum. Students who study for AS and A2 are in forms 5 and 6.
Dutch School
Feza - A Turkish boys' school
French School - (Ecole Francaise) in Oyster Bay
Finnish School - On the peninsular
Haven of Peace - A Christian school for boys and girls from Reception to Grade 11 at Kunduchi (beyond Mbezi Beach)
IST (International School of Tanganyika) - Upper. Situated in Oyster Bay.
IST - Elementary school in Upanga
Japanese School - Near Ada Estate
Swedish School - Follows Swedish curriculum
West London Learning Centre - At Tegeta beyond Kunduchi in the north
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Is there a lot of competition for spots in local schools?
IST is by far the most popular school of choice for expatriates, which can make it more difficult to get students placed immediately. Sometimes your luck is determined by those leaving a particular grade. The school is extremely expensive but has the best record in the city.
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Are pre-schools also widely available (for children approx. 2 to 5 years old)?
There are seven selected schools in the Peninsular, Ada Estate and Upanga areas that cater superbly to nursery and pre-school children.
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How are most kids transported to and from school?
School buses are available, but the trips mean that the children spend a long time on the bus from very early in the morning. Hence a lot of families drive their children to and from school.
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When does the typical school year start and end?
All schools except IST start in January and finish in December. IST starts in September and finishes at the end of June.
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Is there anything else I should know about local schools?
The schools, as a rule, insist that their pupils wear uniforms.
Sports are not a high priority, but IST does have some activities other than academic.
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