Gitega International Academy strives to be the premier academic institution in Burundi. The Academy’s academic program offers a solid foundation in Leadership, languages, computers, mathematics, natural sciences, humanities, and the arts. Our rigorous curriculum not only prepares students for a top quality university education, but also promotes a passion for learning and prepares them as leaders for the future of East Africa.
The school runs a full High School curriculum from Grade 7 to Grade 12. Each school year consists of two semesters: Semester 1:September- December and Semester 2: January – June with an Easter Break in April.
GIA offers a standard core version of the American Curriculum School System. All core study areas are represented.
In order to graduate from G.I.A, and according to the American curriculum, a student is supposed to meet a minimum standard of required courses (Grades 9 – 12). All the grades/marks of each student from Grades 9 – 12 are carefully stored and will be reflected on the students graduation transcript/diploma/certificate.
The Core Courses include English, Mathematics, Sciences, Social Studies, Information and Communication Technology, and Spiritual Leadership. This is what GIA calls our “Six Subject Hexagonal Core”.
About the curriculum
The GIA student strives to obtain the following qualities during their time at GIA and as they move toward graduation:
- Academically Brilliant
- Emotionally Balanced
- Critical Thinker
- Spiritually Mature
- Life-Long Learner
- Effective Communicator
- Global Minded
- Outstanding Morality
- Inspired servant leader
We train all our learners to use their Heart, Head, Hands
At GIA, the subjects we teach our learners cover all aspects of life and all the basic life skills they need. These include:
- Languages: English, French and Kirundi,
- Sciences : Physics, Chemistry, Biology
- Life skills: Information and Communication Technology, Art
- Humanities: Geography, History, Bible, Leadership, Business Education, Psychology.
- Extra- Curricular Activities include: Love in Action, Discipleship, Debates, Spelling Bee, Quiz bowl, Character counts, Outreach Programs, Music Dance and Drama, Weekly Chapel, Art, Athletics and sports …
Students focus heavily on English language courses during the first term of these school years.
Computer and information technologies are also stressed, giving our students adequate tools for discerning and analyzing the complex global strategies and communication trends of our modern world.
English and Integrated Communication and Technology courses continue to be taught each term throughout all years a student is enrolled at GIA.
In Grade 9 we ensure that the students have a well rounded education and a strong foundation for specialized learning and scholarship.
Grade 9 has no particular focus, which allows for the students to concentrate on the core subjects.
This is the first opportunity for students to have an input in the direction of their education.
Students are given course options that diverge from the static core selection offered in previous years, allowing for specialization and the beginning of a specific academic portfolio, which is tailored to each student’s own ambitions.
Students have further opportunities to excel and specialize. Upon graduating from the academy, students take internationally recognized exit exams, which are chosen and administered to ensure recognition of our students by elite universities across the globe. Graduating students are well-prepared to receive a top quality university education, which helps ensure that GIA graduates become the future leaders of Burundi, East Africa, and the global society. In Grade 12, students take an ACT exam, which is fundamentally a prerequisite for applying and studying in American and other renowned universities.