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 consists of two semesters extending approximately from the middle of August to the end of January and from the end of January to the middle of June.
Organization: The school is governed by a School Board of 7, comprised of parents who have been democratically elected by the parent association. The school is incorporated in Guyana and operates within the laws of that country, but is fully accredited by AdvancED in the U.S.
Curriculum: The curriculum is reflective of 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 AdvancED, and the curriculum is augmented by educational technology resources. The school is also the official SAT examination center for Guyana.
Faculty: In the 2019-2020 school year, there are 35 full-time teachers; 9 teacher assistants; 1 guidance counselor; 1 principal; 1 special education coordinator/curriculum coordinator, and 1 educational technology coordinator.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, enrollment was 214 (N/K: 54; grades 1-5: 92; grades 6-8: 37, and grades 9-12: 31.
Facilities: The school is housed in 2 main and 2 ancillary buildings. The campus includes classrooms, a science lab, a school library, art and music rooms, 2 small playing fields, and an assembly/lunch area.
Finances: The school’s income is derived from tuition. In the 2019-2020 school year, annual tuition rates for “international enrollment/supported by international agency” are as follows: N (1/2 day): $5,168; PreK: $7,851; K: $10,326; grades 1-3: $15,120; grades 4-6: $18,558; grades 7-8: $19,418; and grades 9-12: $21,146. The school also charges a one-time registration fee of $200 and a one-time building and development fee of $18,000. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)
Information and statistics are current as of October 2019 and are provided by the school.