The Verdala International School is an independent, coeducational day school, with some residential boarding via host families, which offers an educational program from pre-kindergarten (age three) through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The school year comprises two semesters: September to January and from January to June. In March 2021, Verdala received accreditation from the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges through to 2028.
Organization: The school is governed by a board of directors. Three parent members are elected for one-year terms by the foundation of the Verdala International School. Membership in the foundation is automatically conferred on all parents of children enrolled in the school. In addition to three parents, the board is comprised of two elected teachers, a representative of the Maltese government, and a representative of the U.S. Embassy. The school is registered in Malta under the name Verdala School Foundation. It is a nonprofit organization and is licensed by the Ministry of Education in Malta.
Curriculum: The school offers English language instruction using the following international curricula:
- Age 3-grade 5: International Primary Curriculum. Used globally by 500 schools in 60 countries.
- Grade 6-8: International Middle Years Curriculum.
- Grades 9-10: International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). Authorized by the Cambridge International Examinations Board.
- Grades 11-12: International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP): Authorized by the IBO since 1995. : International Baccalaureate Career-related Program (IBCP)
The school’s testing program includes the SAT I, SAT II, MAP, IGCSE, and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. French, Italian, and Spanish are taught as additional languages. The school offers English-as-a-Second-Language support. Additional offerings include P.E., art, music, drama, and Edtech. Extracurricular activities include chess club, volleyball, basketball, soccer, swimming, drama, and fencing. The school is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in the USA.
Faculty: In the 2022-2023 school year, VIS has 137 total staff including 70 teachers, 12 of whom are U.S. citizens, 13 host-country nationals, and 45 third-country nationals representing British, U.S.A., Australian, Maltese, Canadian, Colombian, Egyptian, Italian, Peruvian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swiss, Turkish, Singaporean, and Russian groups.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year, enrollment was 537 and growing. Of the total, 21 are U.S. citizens, 45 are host-country nationals, and 471 third-country nationals.
Facilities: The school is located on a six-acre site in a suburban setting. Facilities include two libraries, one computer laboratory (BYOD in secondary school), two dedicated art spaces, and four science laboratories. There is also a basketball court and a sports hall. The school also has an artificial turf soccer pitch for physical education, recess, and after-school activities.
Finances: In the 2022-2023 school year, the school’s income derives from tuition and fees. Annual tuition rates in USD are as follows: PK: $8,065; K-Grade 5: $9,095; Grades 6-8: $10,175; Grades 9-10: $10,685 Grades 11-12: $10,830 Registration fee of $5,007, administration fee of $300. Capital levy fee of $1,005 per year. These fees are billed in euros but payable in any convertible currency. (All fees quoted in U.S. dollars and subject to the exchange rate.)
Special Needs: Download the Special Needs Profile (Special Needs Malta, Valletta) for this school to learn more about their capability to support students with exceptionalities.
This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. Prospective users of the schools may wish to inquire further of A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the-minute information. Information and statistics are current as of September 2022 and provided by the school.