GSF International School
Student & Family Handbook
- Daily Schedule
- Sick Policy
- College Admission
- Graduation Requirements
- Achievement Testing
- Dress Code
- Student Electronics Use
- Discipline Procedure
- Parent/Teacher Conferences
- Abuse Prevention
- Display of Affection
- Distance Learning
There is no cost for the children of GSF Missionaries.
The cost to Global Outreach (non GSF) missionary children is:
- Elementary (K-5th grade): $1,500/child per year
- Middle and Upper school (6th-12th): $1,750/child per year
The cost for the children of families not affiliated with Global Outreach is:
- Elementary (K-5th grade): $3,000/child per year
- Middle and High School (6th– 12th): $3,500/child per year
These figures are for the 2021/2022 school year. Tuition is subject to change.
With this in mind, we ask that if you have a child who is sick, that you please keep them home until you are certain they are not contagious. Generally speaking, the guidelines for many illnesses are 24 hours fever-free without fever-reducing medicine and 24 hours without vomiting and/or diarrhea, again, without medicine aiding in this. We kindly request teachers to follow the same guidelines.
For an illness such as a cold, we understand that it can be long-lasting, and we certainly do not expect you to keep your child at home that entire duration. We also recognize that certain illnesses, including malaria and bilharzia, are not contagious even with the above symptoms present. Please use your discretion in these circumstances.
We do not have specific graduation requirements. These will be determined by the parents, in consultation with the teachers, and will take into account each student’s particular post-secondary objectives. In light of this, parents should research the admission requirements for the colleges and universities that their child wishes to attend and we will work with the families to prepare the student for admission to the school of their choice. Standardized testing like the SAT is administered by the College Board at various locations in Kampala and it will be the parents’ responsibility to see that their child registers and takes any necessary tests. We are happy to advise and assist with this process.
We recommend the following:
- Math: 4 Credits
- Science: 4 Credits
- History: 4 Credits
- English: 4 Credits
- Bible/Theology: 4 Credits
- Foreign Language: 2 Credits
- Physical Education: 1/2 Credit
- Health: 1/2 Credit
- Fine Arts/Performing Arts: 1 Credit
In the elementary school (K-5th) we will use the following grading scale:
N: Needs improvement
In the middle and high school, we will use the following grading scale:
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administrator will be included in the conversation. At this point, a conversation with the parents will occur in order to make sure we are all proceeding in unison.
If you become aware of any violation of the following policy please let an administrator or teacher know immediately.
Abuse of any kind is not permitted. This would include verbal, physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. We are to treat one another with kindness as we would want to be treated. Conversations should avoid gossip, vulgar or profane language, sexual joking or other inappropriate ways of speaking. Students and teachers should avoid inappropriate physical contact. Students and teachers are asked to treat one another with respect and dignity as each student is an image bearer of God. Abuse takes many shapes and forms. For the purpose of this document, abuse is identified as the maltreatment of any child, often in the context of a relationship of responsibility, trust, or power, which endangers or impairs the health or welfare of that child. Child abuse can occur with or without the consent of the victim. In the context of this policy, definitions include sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect.
GSFIS does not tolerate bullying of any kind. Students engaged in any form of bullying will be subject to disciplinary action as laid out in the Discipline Procedure section above.
“Bullying occurs when a person or group is intimidated, frightened, excluded or hurt by a pattern of reoccurring behaviors directed at them by others.” “Bullying in Schools – The Hidden Curriculum” Greg Griffiths 2003
Some actions when present in an ongoing form that constitute bullying are:
- Physical aggression (including hitting, punching, kicking)
- Teasing or verbal abuse (including insults, name calling, racial remarks)
- Discrimination based on characteristics such as age, race, ethnicity, religion, sex, family status, physical or mental abilities
- Intentional exclusion from activities or friendship groups
- Setting up humiliating or insulting experiences
- Damaging a person’s property/possessions or taking them without permission
- Threatening gestures, actions or words to a person or his/her belongings
- Written/verbal/electronic messages that contain threats, putdowns, gossip or slander
- Cyberbullying through social media sites, instant messages, email or other electronic means. Cyberbullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else. Cyberbullying also includes using electronic means to harass, threaten, or intimidate someone.
GSFIS has adopted the following definition of sexual harassment:
“Sexual harassment means any conduct, comment, gesture or contact of a sexual nature, whether on a one-time basis or in a continuous series of incidents, that might reasonably: (a) be expected to cause offense or humiliation to any individual; or (b) be perceived by the individual as placing a condition of a sexual nature on employment or on any opportunity for training or promotion, academic status or academic accreditation; (c) interfere with an individual’s work or academic performance or create an intimidating, hostile or offensive working, academic or residence environment.” Federal Govt. Policy on Harassment in the Work Place, 1991, Canada
If behavior is identified that raises concerns regarding the treatment and social interactions of a child, but does not meet GSFIS’s definition of sexual harassment, a conclusion of inappropriate behavior will be reached.