The Georgetown International Academy is a private, coeducational day school that 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 seven, 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 Cognia, formerly known as 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 Cognia, and the curriculum is augmented by educational technology resources. The school is also the official SAT examination site for GIA students.
Faculty: In the 2022-2023 school year, GIA has 105 total staff including 65 teachers, 14 of whom are U.S. citizens, 43 host-country nationals, and 8 third-country nationals.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year, enrollment was 295 (N-K 68; grades 1-5:140; grades 6-8:45; grades 9-12:42.) Of the total, 126 were U.S. citizens, 49 were host-country nationals, and 120 were third-country nationals.
Facilities: The school is housed in three main and two ancillary buildings. The campus includes classrooms, a science lab, a school library, art and music rooms, two small playing fields, and an assembly/lunch area.
Finances: The school’s income is derived from Tuition. In the 2022-2023 school year, annual tuition rates for international enrollment supported by international agency are as follows: N (1/2 day): $6,000; Pre-K:9,000; K: $14,500; Grades 1-3: $21,400; Grades 4-6: $26,300; Grades 7-8: $27,500, and Grades 9-12: $28,500. The school also charges a one-time registration fee of $200, and a one-time building and development fee of $20,000 (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)
Special Needs: Download the Special Needs Profile (Special Needs Guyana, Georgetown) for this school to learn more about their capability to support students with exceptionalities.
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