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Sri Lanka, Colombo: Overseas School of Colombo

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Date: 12/10/2008 Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka Description: Overseas School of Colombo Students State Dept Photo

Date: 12/10/2008 Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka Description: Overseas School of Colombo Girl at Work State Dept Photo

The Overseas School of Colombo

Web: www.osc.lk






The Overseas School of Colombo (OSC) is an independent, coeducational day school which offers an educational program from preschool through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1957. The school year comprises 2 semesters extending from August 12 to December 20 and from January 11 to June 11.

Organization: The School is governed by a 10-member Board of Directors, elected annually. No more than 2 members can be of the same nationality. The head of school is the chief administrator or executive officer.

Curriculum: The curriculum offered is from the International Baccalaureate Organization. Preschool-grade 5 follow the IB Primary Years Program, grades 6-10 follow the IB Middle Years Program, and grades 11-12 follow the IB Diploma Program. In grades 9-12, students gain credits towards the OSC high school diploma. In primary, OSC offers specialist courses in physical education (including swimming), music, art, drama, information technology, home nation, and French. Student services cover English-as-an-Additional-Language and Learning Support throughout the primary and middle schools. In middle school, students study English, French or Spanish, math, science, performing arts, drama, art, physical education (including swimming), technology, humanities, and personal and social education. In grade 10 students can choose French or Spanish, history or geography, drama, or art. All other subjects are studied as in middle school. In grades 11-12 students study English, French or beginner’s Spanish, math, science (1 or 2 from biology, chemistry, environmental systems, or physics), visual arts or theatre arts, geography or history or economics, physical education, and theory of knowledge. All these courses are IB courses and credit courses for the high school diploma.

Faculty: In the 2008-2009 school year, there are 56 full-time faculty members, including 10 U.S. citizens including one dual US/Sri Lankan citizen, 20 host-country nationals including one dual Sri Lankan/British citizen, and 26 third-country nationals.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2008-2009 school year, enrollment was 396 (PS-grade 5: 150; and grades 6-12: 246). Of the total, 35 were U.S. citizens, 58 host-country nationals, and 303 third-country nationals. Of the U.S. enrollment, 17 were dependents of U.S. government direct-hire or contract employees, and 18 were dependents of private U.S. citizens.

Facilities: The School is located in a purpose-built facility on a 5-acre site near the parliamentary complex in the new administrative capital of Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte. It is equipped with 2 libraries, 3 art rooms, 4 science laboratories, 3 information technology centers, and a 400-seat auditorium. There are also special areas for a music and black box teaching studio. Sports facilities include a playing field, a 25-meter swimming pool , and the upgrading and redevelopment of the gymnasium is well underway.

Finances: In the 2008-2009 school year, annual tuition rates are as follows: PS: $7,015; Kdg.: $9,936; grades 1-5: $12,604; grades 6-8: $13,846; grades 9-10: $16,342; and grades 11-12: $16,502. The School also charges a one-time nonrefundable registration fee of $1,500 for preschool and $4,600 for KG-grade 12; a refundable deposit fee for PS-grade 5: $230 and grades 6-12: $460. These fees are payable in Sri Lankan rupees or U.S. dollars. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)

Released on December 10, 2008

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