About Us

Welcome to the Aga Khan Mzizima Secondary School, the first private secondary school to be established in Tanzania after the Arusha Declaration in 1967.

In our school, we are committed to offer first class education to all students, which will enable them to be responsible citizens of the world, future leaders, and reach their goals in life. To meet the needs of the community we offer two curricula, Tanzania national curriculum (NECTA) and International curriculum (Middle School Programme, IGCSE and IBDP). NECTA curriculum runs from Form 1 to 6. International curriculum covers Middle School Programme; this is offered from year 7 to 9 leading to International General Certificate for Secondary Education (IGCSE) which is year 10 to 11. International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBDP) is a two year pre-university course offered in year 12 and 13. Our International curriculum is based on IB philosophy of preparing well rounded learners in both academics and spiritual wisdom. To meet this goal, our focus is not only on academic achievements of the students, but we also encourage their participation in sports, community service, creativity and action across the entire school. 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.

The 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.

Lower School

International Programme
National Programme

11 Years
Year 7

12 Years
Year 8
Form 1

13 Years
Year 9
Form 2

Upper School

14 Years
Year 10 - IGCSE
Form 3 - 'O' level

15 Years
Year 11 - IGCSE
Form 4 - 'O' level

16 Years
Year 12 - IBDP
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 discuss with 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 curriculum or from the international to the national curriculum. If you wish your child to switch, please contact the Head Teacher 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 career counsellor is also available to provide guidance on higher education, and scholarships from institutions around the world and career options.

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