Lower and Upper School – Cambridge Accredited

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Welcome from Our Head of Secondary School

Happy New Year!! Welcome to our Cambridge IGCSE Accredited School of Datus. In Years 7 to 9 all students follow the same curriculum, designed to provide an introduction to a range of subjects and areas of knowledge. In Year 10 a degree of choice is introduced to allow students to develop their individual interests and talents in greater depth. Even then the curriculum is designed to provide a broad and balanced range of courses and allow students access to a wide variety of learning and teaching styles. The curriculum is adapted by staff to ensure that it is relevant, stimulating and truly international.

These adaptations ensure that our students are suitably well qualified to enter universities around the world after completion their education at Datus International School at the end of Year 13.

Making the right choices

Few 14-year-olds know exactly what they want to do when they leave school, and the career aspirations that they now have may well change over the next few years. According to research, the average person should expect to change their career 3 or more times, and their employer or job many more times. It is important that students make choices now that will keep open as many career paths as possible. For this reason, students are strongly advised to take a broad and balanced selection of IGCSE subjects. We would encourage students to take a humanities and a creative subject, for instance. Choosing three options will allow students to study 8 IGCSE subjects, which is more than sufficient to meet the demands of universities anywhere in the world. Support is available from a number of staff to help students and their parents to make the right choices.

Independence and Initiative

The English Curriculum places increasing emphasis on students becoming independent learners able to use their own initiative. There is less emphasis on what students know – after all, with modem  technology, it is possible  to find the answer to most questions using a mobile phone – than on the higher level skills of communicating knowledge, as well as understanding, analyzing and evaluating evidence, and the sources of this evidence.

There is a temptation for students to want to know the ‘ right’   answer and to rely upon tutors to drill this into them, but education is more than tutoring. All IGCSE subjects are taught by highly qualified members of staff who will guide their students throughout the course. They are adept at teaching the skills and attitudes required for successful independent learning beyond school and throughout life. Should a student find a particular aspect of a course difficult, then their teachers will be able to help and advise students and their parents. I strongly encourage students to build up a dialogue with teachers and to ask for help as soon as an  issue arises –  knowing when  to ask for help, not being afraid to admit that advice is required, is a sign of strength and an important life skill.

Beyond the Classroom

Academic study provides the tools for students not only to further their education at university, but also an education for life, which requires far more than just book work. Whether in the Art Department, on the stage or on the playing field, our very talented secondary students happily balance a heavy academic load with a range of after school activities. The stimulus that these activities provide prepares students for the wider world and for university.

Datus International School works with families to ensure that students have high academic expectations, achieve success in the Cambridge International examinations, and discover interests that will stay with them for life. We continue to be proud to teach our students to learn, to think independently, to challenge and to discuss, rather than be treated as empty vessels to be filled with facts. Our academic success speaks for itself!

Head of School – Mrs. Christine Agbogah-Ansah

IGCSE Accreditation Certificate of Completion
Academic Coordinator 
Mr. Kingsley Nuertey
CAS Advisor
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Dear Parents/Guardians,

Happy New Year!! Your initiative to explore new frontiers has led you to one of the most dynamic academic programs in the country. Datus International School has built a strong academic tradition and applied innovative analytical teaching methods that promote a well-rounded student while excelling the student’s gifts and talents. Mediocrity is not acceptable for any student. Datus International School will challenge your student to work on their weaknesses and explore, excel, and become masters of their strengths.

Your student’s first encounter begins with an interview that involves test result evaluation, (CAT4/NGRT) course planning and post-secondary planning. Datus International School believes students, parents and former teachers know the student best and therefore should be active participants in the decision of course work and level. We will never send a computer generated placement schedule to your student.

Once you become a part of the Datus educational experience, the next four years will be designed to plan for your post secondary future. Each year the student is evaluated by their current teacher and recommended for the following year’s classes. They meet one-on-one with the academic counselor to choose the classes that will be prepare them for a successful career. All students are given the opportunity to take a variety of standardized tests to prepare for college entrance exams, such as the ACT and SAT. Along with this, a free ACT preparation seminar is offered during their enrichment class.

Datus International School graduates 100% of the senior class with 96% attending a four-year college, 2% attending a two-year or vocational school and 2% entering the work force or military.

We welcome your questions and comments and we are proud of our academic success!

Our Policies

IGCSE Certificate of Completion
NaSIAFull License
Datus_Staff Development Policy
DIS Boarding Handbook
Datus – 5 Year Vision & Strategy
Datus complaints-policy-2019
Datus’ Performance Mgt Policy and procedure
Datus Student & Parent Handbook
DIS Handbook_ Language Policy 

Datus School Graduation requirements before presentation to Cambridge International Examinations/ West African Senior School Certificate of Examinations. Students must successfully earn a minimum of 23 credits to graduate to participate in the above examinations.

Course Credits:

Language Arts – 5 Credits (Including English Language and Literature)

Math – 5 Credits (Including Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II)

Science – 5 Credits (including Biology, Physical Science or Physics, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Earth Science or an AP Science)

Electives-7 Credits (Including a 3 career/Technology, World Language, and or Fine Arts)

Personal Fitness – 0.5 Credit

Health – 0.5 Credit


DIS uses the industry-standard Carnegie Unit to define credit hours for both traditional and distance courses.

Each credit hour corresponds to a minimum of 3 hours of student engagement per week for a traditional 14-week course or 6 hours per week for a 7-week course. This time may be spent on discussions, readings and lectures, study and research, and assignments.

Most courses at DIS are three credit hours.

Credits to be earned Hours per week,

7 – Week Course

Hours per week

8 – Week Course

Hours per week

14 – Week Course

1 Credit 6 hours 5 hours 3 hours
3 Credits 18 hours 16 hours 9 hours
6 Credits 36 hours 32 hours 18 hours
12 Credits 72 hours 63 hours 36 hours

Subjects in Form 4 and 5

The following subjects are offered at IGCSE: Accounting, Additional Mathematics, Art, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computer Studies, Economics, English Literature, English Literature, French, Geography, History, Mathematics, Physics, Sociology and French.  English Language, Literature and Mathematics are compulsory.  Students select and additional 5 to 7 subjects.  To ensure a broad education at this level, students are encouraged to take either History or Geography or both.  At least one science subject is required.  It is possible to register for another language not offered by the school provided the candidate is fluent in it and able to take the first language option in the subject.  For non compulsory subjects, students will be guided in their choice.  The Career and College Counselor holds meetings with students and their parents to help students choose their subjects, taking into account interests, aptitude and plans for their future: (See Academic Enrichment Center Page)

For new entrants to DIS joining in Form 4, their subject choices will be determined by their performances in the entrance tests.

IGCSE Curriculum – 2 Year Course

  • English Literature (Core)
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics (Core)
  • English Language (Core)
  • Development Studies (Core)
  • French
  • Information Technology (Core)
  • Additional Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Geography
  • Accounting
  • Biology (Core)
  • Business Studies
  • Sociology
  • Economics

A Level (Advanced Level) – 2 Year Course

AS Level (Advanced Subsidiary Level) – 1 Year course (Exam written 1 year into A Level Course)

  • Mathematics
  • Economics
  • Biology (Core)
  • Accounting
  • Chemistry
  • History
  • Physics
  • Geography
  • Sociology
  • English Literature
  • Applied ICT
  • General Paper (Compulsory)



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