Bishop Mackenzie International School

Mission Statement
BMIS educates and inspires students to value integrity, cultural diversity, and the pursuit of well-being and excellence. Our school fosters an environment which empowers students to become creative, confident lifelong learners ready to take action in the local and global communities.

An I.B. World School and is fully accredited with both New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and Council for International Schools (CIS).  BMIS is co-educational, non-sectarian day school serving Lilongwe’s diplomatic and business community.  BMIS is governed by an elected Board of Trustees and funded principally by tuition fees. The three-term school year runs from mid August to mid June, with major holidays in December and March. The student body of around 700 children is comprised roughly 35% Malawi and 30% Embassy/NGO , and the rest are from short and long term expatriates. The mix of international students is typically over forty different nationalities. Eleven nationalities are represented on the teaching staff, who hold national teaching qualifications for their areas of expertise. BMIS is committed to the development of responsible, confident, compassionate and independent young people. Its programmes are delivered in an international context to enhance transferability and continuity with educational institutions around the world.

Reception (Pre K) to Year 6 (grade 5), follows the international Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP). Years 7-11 (grade 6-10) follows the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP).

Year 12/13 (grade 11/12) follow the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Students may also receive a BMIS Diploma on successful completion of secondary school and go to universities located around the world principally in the UK and the US. The school has a campus of 10 hectares (twenty-five acres) with established shade trees, two sports fields, a hard court area for tennis and basketball, and eighteen and twenty-five meter swimming pools. As well as general classrooms, there are two specialist rooms for art and two for music. There are four science and three information technology laboratories and a library of 15, 000 volumes. An assembly hall with stage doubles as a sports hall for badminton, volleyball and gymnastics.


Bishop Mackenzie International School

Location Category:





Baron Avenue
Area 3


692 Students PreK-12


International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB Diploma), International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBMYP), International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP)


60 faculty members, including 31 third-country nationals, 19 U.K. citizens, 9 U.S. citizens, and 1 host-country national

School Year:

August – June

Year Founded:


Average Class Size:

Elementary: 22, Secondary: 16


Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Cross-Country, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Hockey, Martial Arts, Rugby, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball


Chess, Student Council, Cooking, Music & Dance Performance, Computer

Campus Information:

City (or closest city): Lilongwe, Location Type: Suburban, Campus Size (hectares): 10, No of Buildings: 22, No of Classrooms: 40, No of volumes in Library: 22, 000, No of computer labs: 3, No of instructional computers: 160

Physical Facilities:

Art Room(s): 2, Auditorium(s): 1, Infirmary(ies): 1, Playing field(s): 3, Science lab(s): 3, Swimming pool(s): 2, Tennis court(s): 2, Air Conditioning: Yes