Head of School’s Welcome
Welcome to Green Hills Academy
It is a great pleasure to welcome you to Green Hills Academy (GHA), the only International Baccalaureate World School and LabelFrancÉducation school in Rwanda. At GHA, students excel academically and personally in a safe, caring and vibrant learning community. We create energizing, engaging and empowering learning experiences that foster a love for learning and prepare students for the future in a continuously changing world. Preparing students for the uncertainties of our future world is a challenge that we embrace at GHA by developing critical thinking skills, creativity, emotional intelligence, self-confidence, resilience and collaboration to solve real world problems.
At GHA, academic achievement and personal growth go hand in hand to ensure development of the whole child. We provide our students with engaging and challenging learning opportunities while encouraging them to do their personal best in every area of life. Students and teachers set goals, and teachers track students’ academic progress to help them achieve goals. We inspire students to reach their full potential, identify and develop interests and talents, and become independent and self-reliant individuals. We help students develop excellent social skills, understanding and management of emotions, and healthy friendships. Our active High School Prefects and Student Council at all grade levels foster student agency, leadership and voice. In addition, students have many opportunities in classes and extracurricular activities to develop artistic, cultural, sporting, creative and leadership skills that will serve them well during their time at GHA and beyond.
With talented teachers from 15 countries and wonderful students from over 60 countries, GHA’s rich diversity prepares students for the diverse societies and economies they will join when they enter the workplace. Our students learn to understand and respect multiple viewpoints, express empathy and compassion for others, and become ethical young people with global understanding and perspective.
Recognizing the significant value of being multilingual, we offer a bilingual French-English program from Nursery through Middle School in addition to our English program from Nursery through Twelfth Grade. We also offer additional language study in Kinyarwanda, German, French and Mandarin.
Widely recognized as one of the best high school programs of study, our International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) prepares students for admission to excellent universities of choice worldwide. IBDP students develop a superior breadth and depth of knowledge, essential skills for success and leadership in the 21st century, and attitudes and values based on a sense of shared responsibility for each other. After studying in excellent universities, our students go on to become leaders in their areas of work and contribute to building a more peaceful and sustainable global society.
While we are proud of the exemplary education we offer and the innumerable successes of our students, faculty and staff, we are keenly aware that our success is contingent upon the ongoing growth and development of our faculty and staff. To provide an exceptional learning experience for students, the faculty and staff of a school must continuously learn and grow. Thus, we are constantly engaged in developing our professional practice through training, self reflection, peer feedback and mentoring.
In conclusion, our vibrant learning community’s home is a lush, beautifully landscaped 26-acre campus with purpose-built facilities that include classrooms flooded with natural light, a beautiful pool, spacious gymnasium, science labs, libraries, band room and more. In this gorgeous environment, we live and learn together.
Daniel Hollinger, PhD
Head of School