|The Overseas School of Colombo (OSC)
is an independent, coeducational day school which offers an
educational program from preschool through grade 12 for students of
all nationalities. The School was founded in 1957. The school year
comprises 2 semesters extending from August 17 to December 17 and
from January 10 to June 16.
Organization: The School is
governed by a 10-member Board of Directors, elected annually. No
more than 2 members can be of the same nationality. The head of
school is the chief administrator or executive officer.
Curriculum: The curriculum offered is from the
International Baccalaureate Organization. Pre-school – grade 5
follow the IB primary years program, grade 6-10 follow the IB middle
years program and grade 11-12 follow the IB Diploma program. In
grades 9-12, students gain credits towards the OCS high school
diploma. In primary, OSC offers specialist courses in physical
education (including swimming), music, art, drama, information
technology, home nation and French. English-as-a-second-language and
special education needs department work throughout primary and
middle school. In middle school, students study English, French or
Spanish, math, science, drama, art, physical education (including
swimming), information technology, humanities, personal and social
education. In grade 10 students can choose French or Spanish,
history or geography, drama or art. All other subjects are studied
as in middle school. In grades 11-12 students study English, French
or Spanish or beginners Japanese, math science (1 or 2 from biology,
chemistry, environmental systems or physics), visual art or theatre
arts, geography or history or economics, physical education and
theory of knowledge. All these courses are IB courses and credit
courses for the high school diploma.
Faculty: In the 2004-2005 school year, there are 59
full-time faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2004-2005 school year,
enrollment was 365 (PS-grade 5: 176; and grades 6-12: 189).
Facilities: The School is located in a purpose-built
facility on a 5-acre site near the parliamentary complex in the new
administrative capital of Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte. It is equipped
with 2 libraries, 3 art rooms, 3 science laboratories, 3 information
technology centers, a home economics room, and an auditorium (under
construction). There are also special areas for a music and a new
drama teaching studio. Sports facilities include a playing field, a
large gymnasium, and a 25-meter swimming pool.
Finances: In the 2004-2005 school year, the School's
income derives from tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows:
PS: $5,347; Kdg.: $7,314; grades 1-5: $9,706, grades 6-8: $10,810;
grades 9-10: $13,041; and grades 11-12: $13,581. The School also
charges a one-time non-refundable registration fee of $2,300, a
refundable deposit fee for PS-grade 5: $420 and grades 6-12: $840.
All fees (excluding the refundable deposit) are subject to a value
added tax which is charged at 10% currently. These fees are payable
in Sri Lankan rupees or U.S. dollars. (All fees are quoted in U.S.
Mr. Laurence McLellan, Head of School
Overseas School of Colombo
Post Office Box 9
Battaramulla, Sri Lanka