SIL began work in Papua New Guinea in 1956. In this same year, the primary campus was established as a government school. It is now operated exclusively by SIL. By the early 1960’s, the need for secondary education for the children of SIL members was clearly evident. Consequently, Ukarumpa High School was established in 1962, with five students and one teacher, as a supervised correspondence center. By 1970, grades 7 to 10 were fully staffed for all students, and grades 11 and 12 were available for American students. In 1976, grades 7 and 8 were incorporated into a separate “middle school” located on the high school campus. In 1996 the primary and secondary campuses were incorporated into one school to facilitate an articulated K-12 curriculum under the common name of Ukarumpa International School.
Facilities on the campus include 6 classrooms, 4 double classrooms, a computer lab, art room, assembly hall, library, audio-visual room, 2 Learning Assistance classrooms, and six classrooms for Mother Tongue Studies. The office facility includes a teacher workroom with computers, a staff kitchen, and a gathering area. In addition to play equipment, the large playground area has soccer and baseball fields and a large covered basketball court. Covered walkways allow students and staff to traverse the campus in the rain without getting wet.
Class Size/Teacher Ratios
Class sizes range from 12 – 25 students in a class, depending on the age of the students and the ebb and flow of the student population. Students and teachers come from a wide variety of countries
In addition to the core curriculum subjects (reading, writing, spelling, math, science, social studies and Bible), students at the UIS primary campus have weekly specialty classes such as computers, art, physical education, music, and library.
The campus consists of eight utility classrooms, two social studies rooms, five small MTS/Language study rooms, a double computer room, three well-equipped science classrooms/laboratories, one room each for home economics, shop, and art, an audio-visual room (seating about 90), and a library. The music block consists of a large rehearsal room with space for both vocal and instrumental practices, smaller individual practice rooms, offices, instrument storage space, and workshop space.
Other facilities include a teachers’ lounge/kitchen area, workroom for teachers with computers and individual desk space, offices, storerooms, a Mother Tongue Studies (MTS) library, grounds maintenance workshop, and a lounge for the senior class.
The campus has a sports oval, used for soccer, softball, track and field, etc.
There is also an outdoor basketball court, volleyball court and foursquare court. The school has access to tennis courts and an indoor basketball court close by.
Computers with screened internet access are available in the computer labs and in the library.
The campus has a significant resource of books, magazines, and reference series in the library. Study carrels and easy chairs make the library a pleasant place for students to study and read.
Class Size/Teacher Ratios
While class sizes vary from 6 to 20 students, average class size is one teacher for every 15 students.
Co-curricular activities offered at UIS include sports, student council, music (both vocal and instrumental), drama, and yearbook. Other clubs such as robotics are offered as facilitators are available.
This information was retrieved from the Ukarumpa International School website. Please visit the website for more details.