June 11, 2021
- Founded in 1962, Lyford Cay International School (LCIS) is highly respected as a leading educational institution in The Bahamas and internationally. The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and Council of International Schools (CIS). It is one of only 42 schools in the world, and the only school in the Caribbean, authorised to offer all four International Baccalaureate (IB) Programmes (PYP, MYP, DP and CP). LCIS is also a Green Flag Eco School, a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Round Square and the Tri-Association. Recently celebrating the graduation of its Class of 2021, LCIS’s 19 graduates were accepted into 53 universities, 15 of which are ranked in the top 100 of the world according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. These graduates were offered more than $689,000 in scholarships to attend university by these institutions.
LCIS has experienced an incredible number of developments in recent years and is now preparing to celebrate another significant milestone in its history. On Friday 11 June 2021, the school will host the ribbon cutting and official opening of its Upper School campus.
The achievement of this vision comes after the largest-ever fundraising campaign in the school’s history through which $30 million was raised and invested toward the master plan for both campuses. As LCIS is a non-profit school, the success of this campaign represents an incredible level of community support for the school and for its vision of providing an educational experience of the highest quality.
Now completed, Phase 1 of the Upper School project consists of a central Gateway Building that includes specialist classrooms for Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Design, Art, Dance and Music, general classrooms and an administrative/Student Support wing. Additionally, physical plant requirements, landscaping, road works and ground preparations for future buildout were completed as part of Phase 1 of the project. An outdoor sports complex consisting of two multi-sport game courts and two tennis-only courts is planned for completion by Fall 2021 and will provide additional facilities for physical education classes, competition and co-curricular activities for students.
When fully completed, the Upper School will be a 17.5-acre campus, located just a half mile away from the Lower School campus within the community of Lyford Cay. Further developments of an additional academic building, swimming pool and multi-purpose hall are all part of the larger vision for the campus in future phases.
LCIS is supported by a visionary Board of Directors and Governors who worked closely with the school’s leadership to ensure the success of the campaign and construction project. 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 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.
LCIS Principal Mr David Mindorff, stated, “The opening of this campus will enable us to expand our programming in many areas. There are specialist classrooms where our Upper School students can deepen their learning through our IB programmes. Similarly, the general classrooms are bright, airy and spacious. The learning walls in each classroom will allow teachers to further implement technology-integrated lessons and the green spaces and forests of the campus are ideal for outdoor education and green school initiatives. The strong local and international connections of our school will also be enhanced through the opening of this campus, as we hope to host exchanges and local and international educational, cultural and athletic events at these world-class facilities.”
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 seen many developments in recent years. Now that Secondary 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.
The impact of these new facilities will not only be felt by each LCIS student, but also by the wider community. LCIS remains committed to making the high-quality international education the school provides available to bright Bahamian students. The campaign for the new campus included major investments in the Scholarship Endowment which now stands at $3.7M. The Tuition Assistance Programme has made $8.5M available to Bahamian students over the last 10 years with $1.2M being offered in the 2020-21 school year alone. 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 benefit from an internationally recognised IB education.
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