The International Preparatory School (IPS) is a private English medium pre-primary and primary school situated on spacious grounds in Labourdonnais Village, a rural sugar growing area in the north of Mauritius. The school was founded in 1989 to meet the needs of the many expatriates and Mauritian families living in this rapidly developing region.
We are conveniently located just off the main highway which links Grand Bay, a sought after coastal resort, to the island’s international airport, via Port Louis the country’s federal and economic capital. The school draws its current population from an area stretching from Port Louis in the north-west to Trou d’Eau Douce in the east.
Who are we?
Our student body of approximately 360 children come from varied linguistic, cultural and social backgrounds. A high percentage of the student population are registered as Mauritian, although for many, one parent is non-Mauritian. A smaller percentage comprises foreign nationals from both English and non-English speaking countries. We recruited our faculty both locally and internationally. IPS caters for children from the ages of 3, in the Nursery, to age 11 in Year 6.
IPS facilities include two purpose-built classroom blocks, a computer research lab, a library, an art studio, French language classrooms, a learning support teaching centre, a gymnasium, sports fields, playgrounds, an outdoor amphitheatre and a medical room. The school campus is equipped with WiFi internet access.
IPS follows a northern hemisphere academic calendar. The school year starts in late August and continues through to the end of June
The International Preparatory School is a candidate school* for the Primary Years Programme and is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education that IPS believes is important for our students.
The Primary Years Programme (PYP) at IPS presents a comprehensive plan for high quality, international education. It is aligned to and corresponds with current research and thinking in primary education.
The PYP aims to create a curriculum that is engaging, relevant, challenging and significant for learners in the 3–12 age range. The curriculum is transdisciplinary, meaning that it focuses on issues that go across subject areas.
The PYP is organized according to:
- The written curriculum, which explains what PYP students will learn
- The taught curriculum, which sets out how educators teach the PYP
- The assessed curriculum, which details the principles and practice of effective assessment in the PYP
It provides IPS with a curriculum framework of essential elements — the knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes, and action that young students need to equip them for successful lives, both now and in the future.
IPS teachers work with the five elements to construct a rigorous and challenging primary curriculum for international education.
We see it as our mission to Inspire and Empower our students for a rigorous secondary education in a variety of settings, both in Mauritius and overseas.
IPS has been fully accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS), one of the premier worldwide accreditation organisations for international schools, since 2007. CIS encourages school improvement through a process of continuous self-study and evaluation, and we work hard to maintain and, where possible, exceed the exacting professional standards set for all aspects of school life. This accreditation recognises and validates our educational standards and helps us ensure that we also meet the international standards for comparable schools.
IPS uses a selection of internationally normed standardised assessments in Reading, Writing and Mathematics to ensure we are monitoring students achievement against international standards.
In February Years 4 to 6 complete the Australian Centre for Educational Research’s (ACER) international school benchmark assessments (ISA). The International Schools Assessment allows us to measure student progress and to safeguard that we reflect the standards common in the 500+ other international schools worldwide that also use these benchmark assessments.
Upon completing a full primary education at IPS, many of our families choose to continue their children’s education at either Northfields International High School, situated opposite our campus, or at Le Bocage International High School in Moka.
Thank you for your interest in IPS.
Inspire, Empower, Lead
*Only schools authorised by the IB Organization can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme (and also the IB Career-related Certificate). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.
For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org