The Georgetown International Academy is a private, coeducational day school which offers an educational program compatible with the United States system for nursery through grade 12. The School has been in operation since 1971. The school year comprises 2 semesters extending approximately from the end of August to the end of January and from the end of January to the middle of June. The current school calendar can be accessed at www.georgetowninternationalacademy.org.
Organization: The School is governed by a School Board of 7 members, elected by parents of the students for a 2-year term. The School is incorporated in Guyana and operates within the laws of that country.
Curriculum: The curriculum is largely that offered by U.S. elementary, middle and high schools, with additions intended to assist pupils in understanding Guyana and Caribbean geography and history. Textbooks are current and are from major U.S. educational publishers. GIA is fully accredited by AdvanceED (SACS).
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 14 full-time and 4 part-time teachers, and 3 teaching assistants.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 95 (N/kdg.: 15; grades 1-6: 33; and grades 7-12: 46).
Facilities: The School is housed in 3 buildings, one of which is undergoing extensive renovation. The small campus includes classrooms a science lab, a computer lab, a school library, art and music rooms, physical education and an assembly/lunch area. There are also 2 play areas including a new early childhood play center.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, the School’s income derives from tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: N: $3,600; kdg: $6,000; grades 1-6: $8,000; and grades 7-12: $9,000. The School also charges a one-time registration fee of $200 and a one-time capitalization fee of $3,200. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)