School Contact Information

  • Tel: 220-449-5920

  • E-mail: Director@BAISGambia.org; Admin@BAISGambia.org | Website: www.baisgambia.org

  • This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. For more information, contact A/OPR/OS (overseasschools@state.gov / 202-261-8200) or the school directly.

The Banjul American International School (BAIS), previously known as Banjul American Embassy School, was founded in 1984. It is an independent, coeducational day school for English-speaking students of all nationalities from PK through grade 12. The school’s supportive learning environment and caring, creative teachers instill confidence, compassion, and critical thinking in every student. The school year extends from early September to late June with approximately 180 days of instruction. Official Gambian holidays are recognized, and long breaks are taken for the December/New Year holidays and spring break.

Organization: The Board of Directors consists of 6 members, each serving a 2-year term. The BAIS Association (parents/guardians and teachers) elects 5 board members, with 1 member appointed by the U.S. Embassy.

Curriculum: BAIS is fully accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Instruction is in English. The core subjects of English, mathematics, science, and social studies are supplemented with specialty instruction in art, French, information and communication technology, music and physical education. The curriculum from kindergarten through 8th grade is aligned with AERO standards, and the PK curriculum is aligned with the New York State Early Learning Guidelines. The school uses ISTE standards for information and communication technology (ICT) instruction and NASPE standards for physical education. ICT instruction is made authentic by integrating it with learning across the subjects, and all classes have dedicated time in the computer lab and library each week. BAIS offers high levels of individualized attention and strong Personal, Social, Emotional Learning (PSEL) and Service-Learning programs. Three eight-week sessions of after-school activities are offered to all students in kindergarten and up, including a variety of artistic, athletic, and academic activities, and a BAIS highlight is the annual musical with a role for every student in the school.

Faculty: For the 2019-2020 school year, there are 7 full-time teachers and 4 part-time teachers. The school also employs 4 teaching assistants.

Enrollment: At the start of the 2019-2020 school year, enrollment is 54 students.

Facilities: The campus consists of four buildings serving as bookends to the sizable outdoor recreation area, soccer field and basketball court. The outdoor areas include playground equipment and grass volleyball courts, as well.  At the front of the campus, the administrative building contains the reception office, director’s office, library, computer lab and teacher collaboration areas. At the rear entrance, visitors enter between the middle school/high school wing with its science lab, humanities and math rooms and the Early Childhood building that also houses Art and French classrooms.

Finances: The campus consists of four buildings serving as bookends to the sizable outdoor recreation area, soccer field and basketball court. The outdoor areas include playground equipment and grass volleyball courts, as well.  At the front of the campus, the administrative building contains the reception office, director’s office, library, computer lab and teacher collaboration areas. At the rear entrance, visitors enter between the middle school/high school wing with its science lab, humanities and math rooms and the Early Childhood building that also houses Art and French classrooms.

Information and statistics are current as of September 2019 and are provided by the school.

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