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Since 1994 Verdala International School, (VIS) has been a fully accredited US international school offering a K through Grade 12 curriculum.
The school has offered the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) since 1995. The IBDP is accepted by quality universities worldwide as a high standard entrance qualification. The Cambridge International Examinations Board also authorise Verdala to deliver the International General Certificate of Secondary Education programme (IGCSE) and act as an exam center for IGCSE exams. Before students begin their IGCSE programme they attend Verdala Middle School. The Middle School follows an accredited curriculum and is also a licensed ECDL center. The Elementary section of the school offers the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). The IPC is used in over 800 schools in 58 countries around the world. The goal of the curriculum is for children to focus on a combination of academic, personal and international learning. The IPC emphasises connections between subjects resulting in children making connections with their learning. Research shows that the more connections the brain can make the better a child can learn.
Verdala International School is also a test centre for the USA's Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).
Such programmes demand a staff of the highest calibre committed to their students. A fully qualified staff dedicated to our students and mission, ‘Building Bright Futures’ is the core to success of Verdala. Most teachers at Verdala have in the region of 10 years teaching experience. The maximum class size throughout the school is 17 while the average student/staff ratio is 8:1. With such a favourable ratio students at Verdala are assured of individual attention. Back up support for students new to English as the language of instruction is provided. Verdala runs a Residency or Boarding programme for our students who cannot live at home. There are at present 11 students in our Residency Programme.
Verdala first opened its doors in 1976 as an oil company school. In the 1980s it was reconstituted as Verdala International School. Unique amongst educational institutions Verdala International School is housed in an old fort built by the British in the 1880s. The School also has two former barrack blocks that housed British soldiers until Malta became independent in 1964.
Both new students and families coming to Verdala can be confident of a caring and welcoming environment.
Verdala is accreditated by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member of the European Council of International Schools and the Council of International Schools.
Mr Lawrence Simpson
Acting Head of School