Welcome to Westwood International School

Westwood is located in Gaborone and it is the only fully accredited International Baccalaureate (IB) School in Botswana. 

Westwood offers the IB Primary Programme (PYP) for Reception to Level 6; the IB Diploma Programme (DP) in levels 12 and 13; and the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) at levels 7, 8, & 9. We also offer the International General Certificate of School Education (IGCSE) at levels 10 & 11. We are accredited with the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Westwood International School, which has been operating since May 1988, began as a grassroots effort in early 1987 among the business, professional and diplomatic communities resident in Gaborone who wished to create and secure places for their children in a quality English-medium school.  The founders of the School include:
 The American Embassy
 The British High Commission
 Barclays Bank of Botswana
 Sefalana sa Botswana
 Inco Holdings
 Maru A Pula Secondary School
 Debswana Diamond Company

WIS is fully accredited by The Council of International Schools (CIS), based in the UK and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), based in the USA.  In order to achieve accredited status with these bodies the school underwent a process of rigorous self-study and hosted a team of professional evaluators who examined all aspects of school operations.  The school’s accredited status is subject to review every five years.  The most recent CIS/NEASC re-accreditation visit took place in 2009. In becoming accredited the school joins a growing network of similar institutions worldwide dedicated to providing high quality education responsive to the needs of international communities.   

Our Mission Statement 

Westwood International School provides a quality international education that enables students to meet future challenges as confident, socially responsible, life-long learners.

IBO Mission Statement 

As an International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) World School, Westwood International School fully supports the Mission of IBO, namely:
The IBO aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.  To this end the IBO works with schools, governments and international organisations to develop challenging programmes of international educational education and rigorous assessment.  These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.