The Banjul American Embassy School (BAES), founded in 1984, is an independent, coeducational day school which offers an educational program from Preschool through grade 8 for English-speaking students of all nationalities. ESL needs are reviewed each year. A friendly, cooperative, safe environment is provided for children to learn and play. The school year extends from late August to mid-June with approximately 180 days of instruction. Official Gambian holidays are recognized as well as breaks taken in October, December holidays and Easter.
Organization: The Board of Directors, consists of 7 members, each serves a 1 year term. The Banjul American Embassy School Association elects 6 board members and the 7th is appointed. The director is a non-voting, ex-officio member of the board. Parents, legal guardians, the director, and teachers are members of the association.
Curriculum: The school offers the only American based curriculum in the Gambia. The curriculum and instruction are those of traditional U.S. public schools. All instruction is in English. In addition to the core subjects of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies, the curriculum integrates instruction in art, computer, French, music, and physical education. Three sessions of after school activities are offered during the year and numerous academic activity days are scheduled i.e. literature week, 100th Day, Science/Earth Day, French Day. The School is fully accredited by the Middle States Commissions on Elementary Schools, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member of the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA).
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 4 full-time and 4 part-time faculty members. The current teachers are experienced, hold Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees and internationally respected teaching certification.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year, enrollment was 53 (PK-8).
Facilities: The campus consists of 4 buildings, playgrounds, and soccer areas. The main building consists of the administrative offices, a computerized library, a fully networked computer lab, middle school classrooms, a middle school staff office, and faculty kitchen. Other buildings house a science lab, and Early Childhood Center, and elementary classrooms.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, about 90% of the School's income is derived from tuition and other fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $3,750; kdg.-grade 4: $7,800; grades 5-8: $9,000. An annual Student Activity Fee of $300 for K-8 students covers the cost of PE shirts, field trips, class expenses, the yearbook, movie nights, and other possible student activity items. A $200 application fee and a one-time only nonrefundable school development fee of $2,100 for all new students are payable upon enrollment. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)