Lilongwe, Malawi: Bishop Mackenzie International School: Fact Sheet 2022-2023

The Bishop Mackenzie International Schools (BMIS) is a coeducational international school that offers a K-12 educational program for students of all nationalities. The school year consists of two semesters extending from mid-August to early December, from early January to mid-June.

Organization: The school operates as a not-for-profit trust under Malawian law, governed by a Board of Trustees elected from among the parents.

Curriculum: The curriculum for PK-5 students follows the Primary Years Program (PP) of the International Baccalaureate (IB). The PK (reception) class admits children who turn four by August 31, and kindergarten (year 1) admits children who turn five by August 31. and social studies. Specialist teachers work with these units to cover modern foreign languages, art, music and physical education. Students follow the IB Intermediate First Cycle (MYP) program from grades 6 to 10 and students from grades 11 to 12 follow the IB Diploma Programme, which is externally examined in year 12 year. An educational support program is in place to help students with mild to moderate learning difficulties. and/or students who need help with English as an additional language. Admission and placement of students is based on past school records and reports, as well as a school-entry assessment to match the student’s needs to the curriculum. BMIS is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Council of International Schools (CIS).

Faculty: In the 2022-2023 school year, BMIS has a total of 116 employees, including 60 teachers, of whom 15 are US citizens, 6 host country nationals and 39 third-country nationals. Teaching certificate/registered teacher from their home country.

Registration: At the start of the 2022-2023 academic year, the workforce was 609, including 45 American citizens, 274 nationals of host countries and 290 nationals of third countries. Of the enrollees in the United States, 36 were the dependents of direct or contract employees of the US government.

Facilities: The school occupies a 25-acre site on the southwestern edge of Lilongwe’s Zone 3, a populated suburban housing area. In primary school, there are 21 classrooms with teachers and specialized rooms for art, music and French. In the secondary section, special facilities include 21 classrooms for teachers, four fully equipped laboratories, two ICT laboratories, a language acquisition laboratory, an open collaborative “chat room”, a theater studio and a design laboratory. The library is shared, as are the sports fields and gardens. Hard play areas include two tennis courts and a basketball court. There are two meeting rooms that double as gyms and two outdoor volleyball courts. A pool complex includes a 25 meter pool, an 18 meter pool and a baby paddling pool.

finance: In the 2022-2023 school year, the school’s revenue comes almost entirely from tuition fees. There is a two-tier fee structure for Malawian taxpayers and non-taxpayers. Annual (non-taxable) tuition fees are as follows: K-5 $17,256, 6-10 $24,674, and 11-12 $26,366. There are parental deposits of $2,000 for the first child and $1,000 for the second and subsequent children, with a refundable deposit (30 days notice) of $3,500 and a capital development fee of $600 for new students and $100 for returning students. There is also an annual registration fee of $100 per student and a refundable book deposit of $50 per student. (All fees are quoted in USD and apply to students whose parents have tax-exempt status in Malawi).

Special needs: Download the Special Needs Profile (Special Needs Malawi, Lilongwe) for this school to find out more about its ability to support students with difficulties.

This information sheet is intended to provide general information. Potential school users may wish to learn more about A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-date information.information. Information and statistics are current as of September 2022 and are provided by the school.