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A great school,
"will educate its students not merely to be personally successful but also to use their gifts to build their communities and enhance the common good to levels beyond our dreams."

His Highness
The Aga Khan

Introduction: School Overview

The first private secondary school to be established in Tanzania after the Arusha Declaration, Mzizima has, since the 1980s, been at the forefront of educational innovation in Dar es Salaam and was one of the first schools to introduce inquiry-based learning methodologies and to integrate IT into all aspects of school life.

Students in LaboratoryThe school is divided into Lower School and Upper School.  Lower School is Years 7 - 9 and Forms 1 and 2.  Upper School is Years 10 - 13 and Forms 3 - 6.  The normal ages for entry are given in the table below.

International Programme Age National Programme
Lower School    
Year 7 11 yrs -
Year 8 12 yrs Form 1
Year 9 13 yrs Form 2

Upper School
Year 10 - IGCSE 14 yrs Form 3 - ‘O’ level
Year 11 - IGCSE 15 yrs Form 4 - ‘O’ level
Year 12 - IBDP 16 yrs Form 5 - ‘A’ level
Year 13 - IBDP - Form 6 - ‘A’ level


Placement is decided on chronological age, as our experience shows children succeed best in such groupings. If parents feel their child would benefit from being placed out of their age group, the school will assess the child and talk to the child’s parents to determine the best outcome.  The school will make the final decision.

There are transition points for students who wish to move from the national to the international route or from the international to the national route.  If you wish your child to switch routes, please contact the Headteacher to discuss this.

There is flexibility in academic levels within each year group to ensure appropriate differentiation for each child’s individual abilities and potential.

Regardless of which curriculum they opt for, all students have access to the full range of facilities and resources both in and out of the classroom.  Our qualified Careers Counsellor is also available to provide guidance on higher education, and scholarships from institutions around the world and career options.

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