About Us

How We Started

When Shehu and Ruth Garba relocated from Lagos to Abuja in 1995, they faced the problem of finding a suitable school of international standards

in Nigeria’s fast-growing capital city for their four young children. Following a challenging search, they opened Premier International School (PIS) on September 7th, 1997. Starting with 7 students and 3 teachers, PIS has become a national and international landmark for quality education in the Federal Capital Territory and beyond. The first preschool Community Helpers’ Day took place in 1998.

Once the Nursery and Primary School had been established, the Secondary School (also known as the College) opened its doors in 2007 in response to growing demand from parents who wanted continuity in the educational trajectory of their children.

In the spring of 2016, the day care/creche also opened its doors to infants from 6 weeks to 2 years old.

Since its founding in 1997, Premier has maintained three defining characteristics, a commitment to academic excellence, a strong culture of discipline and a focus on the holistic development of children through early exposure to athletics, arts and community service. From being one of the top feeders of Students into the most competitive National Secondary schools such as Loyola Jesuit College to being the undefeated Champions for 8 years in a row of the Nigerian National Turkish Mathematics Challenges, Premier has always strived to provide students with the highest quality of education that will develop their confidence and prepare them for life outside of school.

Although academic excellence has always been at the center of Premier’s educational philosophy, the school has always invested heavily in creating a holistic and interactive educational experience for all its students. Students in the Nursery school enjoy bi-weekly reading sessions in an interactive, audio-visual auditorium called the Jungle Castle where they learn to read by engaging with fun stories. Elementary and Secondary school students have weekly access to the multi-purpose art rooms, music rooms, libraries, technology rooms, resource centre and sports arena. Parents, Students and Teachers enjoy all-day access to fresh, tasty and healthy breakfast, lunch and or dinner options at Chicken & More cafeteria, conveniently located adjacent to the school.

For almost 23 years, graduates of Premier International School have gone on to success in their chosen fields. As the school enters its third decade of educating lives and minds, we welcome you to Premier International School and we invite you to connect with us either online or in person.

What we stand for

Premier International School is committed to maintaining academic

excellence, a strong culture of discipline and a focus on the holistic

development of children through early exposure to athletics, arts and community


How old is premier international school?

The Nursery/Primary School was established in 1997, the Secondary School started in 2007, and the Pre-University was established in 2018.

How safe are students in Premier?

Premier International School provides a safe and conducive environment where children can learn with confidence. We have 24 hours security guards and CCTV cameras installed inside the school and outside the school building for additional security.

Does your school operate bus service?

The school does not provide transport services. Parents are expected to make adequate arrangements for the

transportation of their wards.

What is the uniform of the school?

The school has different uniforms for each section. In the primary section, the pupils wear Tartan pinafore/shorts with a shirt/blouse. While the secondary school students dress in Shirt/Blouse together with Trousers/Skirts and a Blazer.

Can I pay school fees online?

Yes, fees can be paid using the online pix pay button on our website.

What is the capital development fee for?

The Capital Development Fee is a fee charged at the time of admission of a child into the school. The fund therefore is used for the upgrading and renewal of the buildings and physical facilities and equipment.

Is a family entitled to any form of discount?

There is a family discount for the third and subsequent child. Details are contained in the fees schedule.

What are the admission requirements?

Pupils and students are admitted based on both academic achievement and age considerations. A baseline assessment is conducted before admission is given.

What are the success rates in examinations?

Our students perform creditably well in external examinations and competitions and are able to secure places of the institutions of their choice. Result details are available on our website and social media pages.

Any plan for a boarding School and how soon is that?

Work has commenced on a plot of land which was recently acquired by the school for the building of a full boarding school.

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