March 05, 2021
Lyford Cay International School (LCIS) recently celebrated the opening of the Gateway Building at its new Upper School campus. The building is part of Phase 1 of the Upper School project which has seen the school expand to two campuses just 1 kilometre and a 7-minute walk apart.
To further achieve the school’s mission for students of all ages, in 2014, the LCIS Board of Directors and Governors made a strategic decision to purchase a tract of land in close proximity to the Lower School and adjacent to the St Paul’s sports field already in use by the school. A visionary master plan for both campuses was finalised and a generous group of community donors came together to take the first step in what has become the most significant development in the recent history of LCIS.
These new facilities will enable LCIS to expand and enhance its programming in many areas. The East Wing of the Gateway Building houses specialist classrooms where Upper School students can deepen their learning in a variety of fields, including Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Design, Art, Dance and Music. Similarly, the general classrooms of the West Wing are bright, airy, spacious and equipped with premium furniture and educational technology tools to support student learning.
Grade 12 IB Diploma Programme Art student Miya Rodgers who has been accepted into the Savannah College of the Art & Design (SCAD), shared her feelings about the new facilities, stating, “We are very fortunate to have these facilities at our disposal and to be able to use them in our education. The Art Studio is my favourite space. It is an inspiring and spacious classroom which I believe will allow me to develop further as an artist.”
Further highlighting the opportunities the new campus creates for students, LCIS Principal Mr David Mindorff stated, “There are learning walls in each classroom that will allow teachers to work smoothly during technology-integrated lessons. The green spaces and forests of the campus are ideal for outdoor education and student-led environmental initiatives. Importantly, during the COVID-19 pandemic, having two campuses has allowed us to facilitate increased face-to-face opportunities for students.”
Ensuring that younger students have high-quality spaces in which to learn also continues to be a priority for the school. The Lower School campus within Lyford Cay has also seen developments in recent years. Now that Grade 8-12 students have moved to the Upper School campus, Lower School students will benefit from a large design technology space, art studio and science labs. Several classrooms have already been expanded.
LCIS continues to work toward the full completion of Phase 1 of the Upper School project and planning and fundraising for future phases is already underway, with sporting facilities and a second academic building as main priorities. An outdoor sports complex consisting of two multi-sport game courts and two tennis-only courts will provide improved facilities for physical education classes and co-curriculars for students as well as opportunities for hosting tournaments and facilitating in-house training for local and international competitions. Further development of a swimming pool and multi-purpose hall are all part of a larger vision for the campus.
LCIS remains committed to making the high-quality International Baccalaureate (IB) education the school provides available to bright Bahamian students. The campaign for the new campus included major investments in the Scholarship Endowment and Financial Aid Programme. With the support of donors, this fund will continue to grow to ensure the school is able to support talented Bahamian students who would otherwise not be able to attend LCIS.
Once again thanking the donors whose generosity made the opening of the campus possible, Principal Mindorff said, “The new Upper School campus would not exist today if it were not for the generosity of our many supporters. These donors understood the need for LCIS to expand from its original footprint. Their support has allowed us not only to provide world-class facilities to support our academic programmes but to be able to offer additional enrolment opportunities in response to the ever-expanding interest in our school.”
Founded in 1962, Lyford Cay International School (LCIS) is a fully accredited international day school located in western New Providence offering an educational programme that inspires excellence. LCIS students and staff come from 40 different countries and speak 14 different languages. LCIS is the only school in The Bahamas to offer the International Baccalaureate curriculum to students from 18 months to 18 years. Upon graduation, LCIS students move on to top colleges and universities around the world www.lcis.bs