Embracing Advanced Learning



ISF Selection Process

Each year, based on a carefully chosen criteria varying from poverty status, enrollment ratios in primary and secondary education, health and sanitation, etc. in Rwanda, we work with high schools located in five districts most lagging in the criteria. In each of the five districts, we identify one high school that demonstrates commitment to excellence – by both students and faculty. Afterwards, all students in eleventh grade are invited to take written tests of English and Math. The ten top students on the written test take one-on-one an interview. We then select five finalists at each school making a total of twenty-five students.

ISF After School Program

After the selection process, we offer to finalists different academic materials. These materials include English books, study guides for standardized tests, flash cards, and interactive CDs. At each school, the five students have assignments to cover on a regular basis. The purpose of ISF After School Program is to strengthen regular school curricula and to enable students to be more engaged. It lasts eighteen months – from mid eleventh grade to high school graduation.

ISF Intensive Course

During each school break, all selected students attend an intensive English course organized by ISF in collaboration with partners. Throughout these courses, students have a chance to be taught English by native speakers. The main focus is English grammar, reading, writing, speaking, and listening. In addition, students receive professional advice on how to prepare for standargifzed tests required for college admission. These courses also offer an opportunity to connect with other like-minded students. The average length of the courses is ten days.