The capital city has become a hub for prestigious private secondary schools, serving the educational needs of both local and international students. Be it in the rural or urban part of the city, these schools are everywhere, distinguished by the curriculum they run and their modes of operation. Let’s take a look at five of the really prominent ones in the metropolis.
1. American International School of Abuja (AISA)
AISA was founded in 1993. It is a day school serving pre-school through grade 12 classes, and is situated in Durumi district.The school year runs from August to June, with just two semesters. The first semester is from August to December and the second semester is from January to June, with both expatriates and local teachers coaching the students. The school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary Schools, Pennsylvania, USA.
AISA is made up of the Middle School, Grade 6 to 8 and the High School, Grade 9 to 12. The middle school classes are exposed to physical activities, music, art and basic knowledge of their host country. The high school classes are offered college preparatory programs with the goal of getting them ready for admission into the best universities in the world.
There are about 34 classrooms, 2 music rooms, 2 arts rooms, a snack bar, a science laboratory, a multipurpose hall, a computer laboratory, 41 smartboards, and swimming pool.
The school boast of many community events such as Crafts sale, International Food Fair, the Fall Carnival, Scavenger Hunts, and numerous sporting events.Students in athletics have the opportunity to compete in the West African International Schools Activities League.
The tuition fee is between $16, 876 and $19, 360 for both middle and high school students. Application form is about $654 and the Capital building fee\developmental levy paid once the form is submitted is $4, 500.
2. Lead British International School
LBIS is located in the heart of Gwarinpa, accessible to both local and foreign students. The school offers both British and Nigerian curriculum with more than fifty teachers training the students.
Educational excursions and trips are undertaken yearly both locally and internationally. This is to enable the students to learn in a fun and relaxed way and interact with people from other countries. Extra-curricular activities include Orchestra club, Leadership Academic club, Music, Arts and Crafts club to mention a few.
The students in Grade 10 to 12 are prepared for the check point examination organized by the Cambridge University, the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) organized by NECO, IGCSE organized by Cambridge, Senior Secondary Certificate Examination organized by NECO and the West African Senior School Examination organized by WASSCE. The SAT examination is optional.
The school fee is about 1.5 million naira per session, with a breakdown of 185, 000 naira per term, 25, 000 naira for educational resources and 5, 000 naira for incidental fees. The application form for enrollment cost 25, 000 naira.
3. Loyola Jesuit College
LJC is a boarding school located in Gidan Mangoro, Karu-Karshi road, in the capital city. It was opened in 1996. The school is part of the worldwide family of the Jesuit schools by the society of Jesus in Abuja, Nigeria. They follow the philosophy derived from the writings of the founder, St. Ignatius of Loyola.
With about 600 students, the teachers coaching them are from the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) with the Sisters of Holy Child Jesus. A few local teachers are also added to the workforce.
The school is known for their excellence in training the students academically in a very serene and conducive environment. Students from the school are very morally conscious, quick to separate the good from the bad.
There is a yearly Inter-House Sports held in the school athletic fields, an open day event every term which involve the interaction of both parents/guardians and the faculty members, and other events.
The tuition fee is about 2.8 million naira per annum. The admission form is about 8, 500 naira.
4. International Community School
ICS is a day and boarding school located in Utako, in the capital city. It runs an American curriculum and it is a Christian school.
There are 48 air-conditioned classrooms, 3 science laboratory, 2 libraries, a gymnasium, 2 art studios, a cafeteria, and an E-library.
Aside academics, the students are encouraged to join clubs such as Reading club, Press club, Choir, Violin, Art, and the Chess clubs. Every session, several events are scheduled along with the school programs such as, Parents’ night, Nigerian Day celebration, Christmas program, Sports Day, Book Fair, Poetry Café, Music Night, and Art and Photo Exhibition.
English proficiency is necessary especially for transferred students. Those in high school classes need to bring their junior school transcripts, certificate and letter of recommendation before they will be considered for admission.
The tuition fee is between $12, 933 and $20, 547 annually. The fees include lunch, bus, stationaries, year book and field trips per session. Application fee is $212 and Registration fees for all classes is $2, 825.
5. Funtaj International School
FIS is a day and a boarding school located in Asokoro and Gudu. It was founded in the year 2001, with over 432 students and 95 teaching and non-teaching staff members.
The school integrates both the British and American system to produce a curriculum for the students who are both local and foreign.
There are over 20 classrooms, science and ICT laboratories, sports center, music room, libraries, swimming pool, and well equipped E-library.
The Year 7 to 9 classes are tutored in 16 compulsory subjects per term and Year 10 to 12 take 10 subjects. The Year 12 prepares for their WASSCE immediately after the first term examination. They are also primed for NECO, JAMB, International General Certificate Secondary Education examination IGSCE, SAT and TOEFL.
The tuition fee is about 1.5 million per annum. If a parent has more than one child in the school, there is room for discount.