Tema Ghana
Tema International School

Welcome to (West) Africa's best-kept secret. What makes TIS so special? There are two key tipping points: TIS is a Family School; and, the opportunities and experiences provided at TIS enable balanced and successful students to pursue their preferred courses at universities at the end of Grade 12, while discovering talents of which they were unaware due to these opportunities. Come and visit us. We will be happy to show you something special.


Tema International School was established in 2003 with a vision to be an international school of choice that produces world-class citizens. Tema International School is a private coeducational P-12 school situated some two kilometres north of the port city of Tema which lies on the Greenwich meridian. The new Primary School Campus, located one kilometre from the Main Campus (Secondary School) was opened in September 2019. TIS students are very focused on successful academic results so that they can gain admission to their college or university of choice. Our facilities cater for our scientists, musicians, artists, sports stars, computer scientists and academics. Our school-wide wifi network enables our students to access online resources, digital textbooks and learning management system within our IT labs or by using their own devices. The learning program and environment promote our students to become active learners and critical thinkers within a balanced program. The TIS DP graduate is an articulate leader who is intelligent, balanced, independent and committed to service and lifelong learning. TIS is the founding member of the Tema International School Sports Association (TISSA) which offers the following interschool competitions: athletics; swimming; volleyball; tennis; table tennis; soccer; handball, badminton; squash; and basketball. Students have the opportunity to represent their house colour in the following competitions: handball; swimming; badminton; tennis; soccer; volleyball; basketball and athletics. A multitude of clubs and activities are conducted after school and during weekends during each semester. Clubs and activities include: art and craft; bead making; badminton; basketball; chess club; cooking; cosmetology; garden club; handball; information attaché; keep fit club; MUN Club; needlework; pop band; readers’ and writers’ club; regimental band; robotics; school choir; science fair club; soccer; strings; swimming; swimming club; table tennis club; taekwondo; tennis; yoga and zumba.Service-learning actively involves students in a wide range of experiences, which often benefit others and the community, while also advancing the goals of a given curriculum. Common goals achieved by service-learning include: gaining a deeper understanding of the course/curricular content, a broader appreciation of the discipline and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility. The students’ natural talents in music, drama, singing and dance are enhanced and displayed each year through various opportunities and events. The TIS Annual Play has established an enviable reputation within the local and wider communities. The 2018 production, An Adaptation of Beauty and the Beast,set a new benchmark for school performances in Africa. Students have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their leadership skills through a range of opportunities from Grade 7 to 12. These opportunities include the Student Council, class leaders and representatives, Inter-Colour leaders, Model United Nations, service learning, CAS, Club Executives, as well as leadership in sporting and cultural activities.A successful school reflects a strong school community. Although TIS is a day and residential school, the school ensures regular communication through the famous weekly TIS Bulletins frequent events to which parents are invited, online reporting and an open-door policy with the Principal. Our Alumni, successful past students who have pursued/completed undergraduate studies in colleges and universities around the world, are a special part of TIS. Most Alumni members frequently visit the school to meet their former teachers and staff, talk to students about their experiences, as well as participating in different school events. The TIS School Profile can be found here: www.tis.edu.gh/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/School-Profile-040320.pdf

  • Day school tuition $5200 - $5200 USD
  • Grades for day school Pre-K/Reception -
    6th Grade/Year 7
  • Scholarships Available No
  • Number of Students 380
  • Year founded 2003
  • Boarding school tuition $15000 - $15000 USD
  • Grades for boarding school 7th Grade/Year 8 -
    12th Grade/Year 13
  • Curricula IB Diploma, IB Middle Years, IB Primary Years
  • Type Co-ed


TIS is an IB World School authorised to offer the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP). TIS is a Candidate Primary Years Programme (PYP) School.

Admissions Information

Admissions Process

Policy Tema International School (TIS) is an inclusive school that accepts all students who are capable of accessing our curriculum, opportunities and experiences. At TIS, we believe that the IB experience is essential in developing our students into lifelong learners. We also believe that all students have their own talents. Notwithstanding, students must be prepared to change, be open-minded and be risk-takers to take advantage of the TIS opportunities and experiences and to discover and develop their new talents. To this end, each student is expected to demonstrate balance by being involved in academic, sporting, cultural and service activities that serve their interests and needs. Implementation TIS offers the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) as a Candidate PYP School, IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) in Grades 7-10 and the IB Diploma Programme (DP) in Grades 11-12. Admission into Grade 10 and Grade 12 is not encouraged except where the student has been pursuing the courses being offered here in TIS in his/her former school. Applications for admission are open throughout the year, starting from 1 December. All applications for admission are accepted through OpenApply only at https://tis.openapply.com. An application fee can be paid via ExpressPay, at the school, or into the school’s account. The account details can be found on the Bank Details page. All prospective students take an online cognitive ability test, and an interview conducted in English before they are admitted into the school. The cognitive ability test identifies a student's verbal and/or visual learning abilities and relates this to likely future attainment in subjects across the curriculum. The results are also a valuable guide for the students and parents in terms of future subject selection for MYP and DP Programmes. Online testing will be available from January each year. For students who reside outside Ghana, parents or guardians are required to furnish TIS with the name and address of the supervisor(s) who will be in charge of supervising the test. Details about conducting the online test will then be sent to the supervisor, who will then contact the parents of the prospective student(s) to arrange a date and time for the online test.

Entry Requirements

Appropriate age and schooling, admission test and interview.

  • First application deadline First round interviews are held in January.
  • Second application deadline Second round interviews are held in February
  • Students can join after the academic year begins Yes
  • Waiting List Yes

Waiting List

At times, there can be a waiting list for those who apply late. TIS admissions open on 1 December each year.


  • Assigns homework Yes
  • Language of instruction English
  • Languages taught English
  • Examinations available ACT, International Baccalaureate Diploma - IB Dip, MYP Certificate - MYP, Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test - PSAT, Scholastic Aptitude Test - SAT

Examinations Available

TIS is a registered SAT and ACT Test Centre.

School Life

  • Max class size 24
  • Average class size 10

University Relations

  • University counseling Yes
  • Percent that pursue university 100%

University Destinations

Please refer to page 4 at: https://www.tis.edu.gh/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/School-Profile-040320.pdf

University Counseling

The TIS College Guides is an experienced and successful team who mentor students in gaining admission to their preferred universities globally.