HIS seeks to accommodate a variety of abilities and interests, but students must demonstrate average to above average grades for admission. The goal of all learning, counselling, and English language learning support is to help qualifying students meet classroom expectations independently, without detracting from the education of other students.

Harare International School (HIS) recognizes each student as unique and values the individual’s strengths and needs; we strive to support every student’s academic growth and personal development. Therefore, students requiring additional resources to attain their potential will receive services appropriate to their needs. However, support services for students with special needs and or social/emotional/behavioral issues will be provided within the limits and capacity of the schools existing resources, facilities, and personnel. It must be understood that HIS is unable to provide services for students identified with severe learning, mental, emotional or physical disabilities.

At all MYP-DP grade levels, the day begins with a morning Advisory session, when cohorts of 8-12 students meet with their faculty advisors to discuss daily announcements, organize work for the day, and spend a few minutes connecting with their classmates. Each Wednesday, these advisory groups meet to participate in activities related to AtL skills, reflections on experiential learning, preparation for MYP & DP projects, and pastoral topics.

Advisories at HIS create a forum for our students to address issues of community. They are a “safe space,” which promote open cummunication among peers and advisors, and support the social, emotional, academic growth and global awareness of advisees. Advisors are responsible for monitoring their advisees’ academic progress, being advocates when needed, and providing advice and problem-solving skills when needed.

At HIS we believe that a valuable education is one that encompasses the whole child to ensure that all students are provided the skills to become healthy, balanced, life-long learners and valuable contributors to the wider community.

Student wellbeing and pastoral care are at the core of all teaching and learning experiences from Early Years through to the IB Diploma, ensuring a harmonious relationship between academic life and wider school  experiences. Happy, healthy children have the skills to make healthy choices, develop resilience and flourish both inside and outside the classroom.

At HIS the Counselling program is committed to giving students the support and the skills to develop emotional, physical and mental health, both explicitly and implicitly, through individual and group activities, advisory sessions, one on one counselling and through classroom and assembly participation.

Moving beyond the classroom, an essential aspect of ensuring the holistic approach to student wellbeing is maintaining strong home-school relationships, and counselors work closely with parents through advising or consulting on issues affecting their child’s social, emotional and academic growth. Similarly counselors communicate and collaborate closely school-wide with all members of faculty and with the wider community through referral and consultation with mental health service providers as well as college admissions officers.

Our counselling and wellbeing program underpins all aspects of HIS life and encompasses all members of the community to ensure that we provide adequate support to nurture a meaningful, sustainable and well-balanced education for all our students.

The English as an Additional Language (EAL) program provides instruction in English to students with limited English language proficiency from grades 1 to 12. We teach the necessary skills, concepts, knowledge and attributes that empower learners to participate meaningfully in a multicultural and multilingual world. Our goals are to promote authentic communication, enable students to access the curriculum and encourage the development of language for social integration. We facilitate the development of fluency in the four language domains (listening, speaking, reading and writing). Proficiency levels in each domain are measured by the standardised WIDA assessment, which informs student placement and level of support, monitors progress and guides teaching. EAL teachers collaborate with the subject area/grade level teachers to offer support and access to content area curriculum. As an IB World School, Harare International School’s EAL department embraces inquiry-based, transdisciplinary, student-centered learning to empower a culturally and linguistically diverse student body.


HIS offers a continuum of services for students with academic needs that includes assisting students with mild to moderate learning difficulties and poor study skills. Students may be supported in the regular classroom, or in the Learning Support Room, where they may receive one-on-one instruction or work in small groups.

Interventions may include, but need not be limited to, access to an academic support teacher, counselling services, and any accommodations to assignments and assessments that are consistent with the school’s mission. Such accommodations must be, supported by a formal educational psychology assessment, appropriate to age and grade level expectations, and are not intended to modify curricular content.

Please click here to view our Student Support Services Handbook.