Lucaya International School (LIS) is an independent, nondenominational day school offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program from prekindergarten through year 13 (ages 3-18). The school was founded in 1998 and is authorized by the IB Organization and accredited by the Council of International Schools, and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Organization: The Lucaya International School is owned by the nonprofit Lucaya International School Foundation and is governed by a volunteer seven-member Board of Directors. The parents of the students attending LIS propose three members to this board, who serve two-year terms without limit for reelection0 and whose election terms are staggered. The other four members of the Board of Directors are appointed by the foundation council and are selected based upon their professional expertise and personal skills, which are deemed needed by the school. The Principal is an ex-officio member of the board as well.
Curriculum: The goal at LIS is to offer a high quality, college-preparatory and international education. LIS is the only school on Grand Bahama authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) to offer the IB Diploma Program and Primary Years Program. All students take the PSAT and the MAP standardized tests. All graduates attend college, with most attending college in the United States and Canada. The school is able to offer accommodations to students in the high school and students with mild learning difficulties in the primary school. Students have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of sporting and extracurricular activities, including soccer, basketball, volleyball, Model United Nations, drama productions, ACT studies, Interact Rotary Club, and the Governor General’s Youth Award. An after-school, extracurricular enrichment program is also offered four days each week. Responsibility to others and the world around us is considered important at LIS, and Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) is required of all students. Each student is expected to participate within the school and in the wider community in a range of service projects.
Faculty: During the 2020-2021 school year, there are 31 full-time faculty.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year there are 161 students enrolled. The student body is comprised of 11 nationalities.
Facilities: The 10-acre LIS campus is a purpose-built, gated and secure facility, situated near Lucaya and Freeport City on Grand Bahama. There are 31 classrooms, two computer rooms, a library/media center, an IB facility, music and art rooms, and three science laboratories. Each classroom is equipped with multimedia computers and interactive whiteboards; and there is a campus-wide wireless network. Students in grades 7-9 are provided with laptops, high school students are expected to bring laptops, and the primary uses touch screen pads and tablets in classroom lessons. The redeveloped sports field allows the school to offer boys’ and girls’ soccer, basketball, softball, and sand volleyball. There are architectural plans developed to build a multipurpose building that includes an indoor basketball court, theater with stages, additional classrooms, bathrooms, and shower facilities.
Finances: For school year 2020-2021, annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $6,620; kindergarten: $8,620: grades 1-4: $9,960; grades 5-6: $10,120; grades 7-9: $12,880: grades 10-11: $15,200; and IB1 and IB2 (years 12 & 13): $15,500. There is a one-time $250 nonrefundable administration fee, and a one-time $2,000 nonrefundable development fee. (All fees quoted in U.S. dollars.)
Information and statistics are current as of September 2020 and are provided by the school.