Ambrosoli is a community-minded school that nurtures curiosity, creativity and global awareness through an inspiring, broad and engaging curriculum. Children learn to become resilient and respectful in an environment where each child is challenged and encouraged to thrive and achieve as an individual.
Empowering pupils to become confident, compassionate and internationally-minded learners.
Ambrosoli International School is like no other school in Uganda. We have an outstanding reputation for our sense of family and community and provide unique learning opportunities for all of our pupils far beyond the ordinary. We are an exciting, vibrant and inclusive primary school that has something to offer to every child and every family in our dynamic and diverse community.
We have approximately 280 children aged from 2 to 11 in our school, from over 40 different countries. We encourage them to be ambitious in their learning and believe there is no limit to what they can achieve. Our pupils are confident and successful because our approach encourages children to think for themselves, to question, to make mistakes and to be resilient – skills that will last them for a lifetime.
We currently follow the Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and 2 from the English National Curriculum and the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). Our high expectations are not limited to academic success. We want our students to develop a love for learning and the confidence, courage, compassion and conviction to look at the world around them and act to make it a better place.
We recruit outstanding teaching staff and specialists in their field, who support each student to achieve to the best of their ability. Success takes many different forms and we celebrate them all; sportsmanship in competition, the courage to speak publicly on stage for the first time and making friends with children from many different countries and backgrounds. We also believe trying and failing are vital ingredients for success in every area of life.
As a school that is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the International Primary Curriculum (IPC)and are members of the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA), we embed the ethos of international mindedness within our school, our curriculum and through a myriad of learning opportunities both in and outside the classroom.
Our school is located in a beautiful, quiet, green corner of Kampala, just outside of the city and on the edge of Lake Victoria. Opened in 1994 we have an excellent reputation as one of the most popular international schools in Uganda and are proud of the fact that all of the children at Ambrosoli are here because the school has been recommended to their families by existing or ex parents.
Whilst the past two years of learning has taken on a variety of different forms when the world was struck with the COVID-19 global pandemic, we have successfully navigated our learning environment to negotiate the new norms. As we step into a ‘new normal, we understand that change is inevitable and that learning must be adaptable. Now more than ever, we are only predicting what the world will look like in the future and aim to equip our students with the skills, knowledge and understanding they will need to become international citizens in this 21st-century world.
We hope that both existing and prospective Ambrosoli families and teachers enjoy looking at our website and would encourage families already in or considering a move to Kampala to get in touch with us so that we can meet with you and show you around our great little school. We look forward to meeting you.
Head of School
In 1989, Scuola Italiana Padre Giuseppe Ambrosoli was set up by a group of Italian parents who named it after Father Ambrosoli, as he had inspired so many of them who had worked with him in northern Uganda.
The small school did very well and after a few years was opened up to the international community. The international school started in kindergarten and progressively expanded into primary. Eventually, the two schools merged.
Ambrosoli Limited was founded in 2003 after the school made its transition from an Italian school to an International school and the school’s name was changed from Scoula Italiana Kampala to Ambrosoli International School.
Giuseppe Ambrosoli was born in Italy in 1923. Despite the war interrupting his studies, he graduated with the highest honours in medicine. He then became ordained as a Verona Father and set sail in 1956 for Africa. Dr Ambrosoli worked in Gulu and Kalongo, in Pader District where he built the Dr Ambrosoli Memorial Hospital, with 345 beds and a midwifery school.
Once again, interrupted by war, Ambrosoli was forced to move all the hospital staff, 150 patients and 1500 soldiers and civilians to Lira in 1987 on military orders and here he died, though his body was returned to Kalongo seven years later.
Ambrosoli is situated within the quiet suburb of Bugolobi on a secure and welcoming compound.
Ambrosoli has an ample football pitch and junior-sized basketball court on a leafy and green campus with numerous play areas that include climbing frames, sandpits and large leafy trees which the children enjoy climbing. We also have our very own school mascot Steve the Tortoise who you will find roaming around the campus and interacting with the children. We have a well stocked and spacious but cosy library, a large airy music room, a colourful art room with its own garden and our Computing Room is well equipped with stimulating surroundings. We have a large outdoor and covered dining area and a warm and friendly Assembly Hall which is used for our assemblies and productions.
We have just completed a brand new, half olympic sized swimming pool (25 metres) with changing facilities and solar water heated showers and attended by a full-time lifeguard.
We are a member of the International Schools Sports and Athletics league of Kampala (ISSAK) and have frequent sports fixtures with other International Schools in the city.
The school is an active member of a number of inter-school networks through which it shares professional development opportunities, organises events for the children and shares ideas and learning. We are accredited by CIS and IPC and are members of AISA.
We hold plenty of community events on our campus giving parents, children and teachers an opportunity to connect and interact as a part of the unique Ambrosoli community.
Accreditations and Affiliations
Council of International Schools (CIS)
We became a CIS-accredited School in 2016. CIS International Accreditation is a rigorous school-wide evaluative process that measures alignment with internationally benchmarked standards and provides guidance for continuous improvement. Through their achievement of these standards, CIS-Accredited schools have been verified as delivering high-quality international education focused on the development of knowledge, skills and attributes necessary to prepare students as global citizens.
If your child attends a CIS-accredited school, you can be confident the school is committed to high-quality international education. Achieving this mark of quality, recognised across the world, shows that your school:
- has a clear purpose and direction
- focuses on the quality of teaching and student progress
- prioritizes student safeguarding and well-being
- is committed to global citizenship
- knows itself and has thought deeply about the services
- it offeres to students, families and the community
- delivers what it promises
- is constantly seeking to improve its performance in all areas
- to achieve relevant learning outcomes for its students
- is devoted to its mission and vision for students, and
- adheres consistently to the CIS Code of Ethics
- plans strategically for the future
CIS International Accreditation is recognized by ministries, departments of education, and universities worldwide, demonstrating a school’s commitment to high-quality international education and is a mark of quality assurance. Learn more about our global recognition. Students educated at CIS Accredited schools are sought after by universities due to the rigour of their international education and their preparation for life no matter where their paths may take them. CIS university members from the following countries actively recruit students from CIS Accredited schools.
International Primary Curriculum (IPC)
The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) develops children aged 5-11 into informed, globally competent, and future-ready learners. Influenced by progressive pedagogy, metacognition and primary education best practices, the IPC can be tailored to fit the children’s needs while developing their knowledge, skills and understanding. Through thematic units, teachers can create fun and engaging learning opportunities that enable learners to make connections between subjects and the world around them. In 2019, we successfully achieved our IPC accreditation and are one of the only schools in Africa to hold IPC accreditation. https://fieldworkeducation.com/curriculums/primary-years
Association for International Schools in Africa (AISA)
AISA is an association dedicated to professional learning, leadership support and growth, effective governance, school improvement, child protection and student learning on the African continent. AISA has been a great support with resources, professional development, networking and moderation. https://aisa.or.ke