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The Best Schools in the Bahamas

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 at 5:38pm Engel & Völkers Bahamas

The allure of settling into your own island hideaway and immersing yourself in the island lifestyle is undeniably strong. The Bahamas attracts a multitude of new residents each year – people who come for work in our banking and tourism sectors, for example, those who are looking to take advantage of our stability and advantageous tax environment, or simply those who make the decision that they want to live their own best life away from the hustle and bustle of the mainstream.

But as you dream of escaping the realities of your day-to-day life back home by establishing your own haven of rest and relaxation on Bahamian shores, there are certain practicalities that can’t be ignored if you’re planning on bringing a young family with you, chief among them: education.

The Bahamas has produced a plethora of highly-talented individuals. Think of people like Sidney Poitier, Lenny Kravitz on the creative side. Ask any Bahamian and they’ll tell you of friends and family who are excelling in medicine, law, engineering, science, technology, journalism and business. Many young Bahamians, armed with a local education, head off each year to the U.S., Canada and the U.K. to pursue further studies at leading international universities before returning to The Bahamas with their higher degrees. At a minimum, all children take the Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE), which is based on the U.K.’s General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) and the International GCSE models, and is commissioned by Cambridge University.

So there are no shortage of educational institutions you can look to when you are looking to further your family’s schooling while living in The Bahamas, positioning them for achievement in the islands and far beyond.

ST. ANDREW'S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Yamacraw Road, Eastern New Providence

Photo Credit: The Nassau Guardian

For 68 years St. Andrew’s has been welcoming children from a variety of backgrounds, with a vision of providing “world class education, nurturing lifelong learners and empowering internationally-minded individuals.”

The co-educational private school teaches the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program up to year 6, followed by its own Middle Years Program for years 7 through 9. At this point, students start to study for the BGCSE. Those continuing into years 12 and 13 will follow the IB Diploma Program. St Andrew’s was the first school in The Bahamas to be accredited to the Council of International School (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, as well as the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO).

Students are encouraged to participate in intra-school sports competitions, including in activities ranging from swimming to volleyball, soccer to track and field, with the school’s team – The Hurricanes – doing admirably well in championships throughout the years.

Key Facts
Facilities Facilities include a 25 metre swimming pool, sports field, primary and secondary library.
Students Around 700 total, 65% Bahamian, 35% international.
Ages 2.5 – 19 years.
Languages 37 languages spoken among student population.
Student to faculty ratio 1:10.
Fees Range from $4,365 to $14,910 annually, dependent on the year of schooling.

 

Contact Information
Phone: +1 (242) 677-7600
Email: Info@qchenceforth.com
Website: www.qchenceforth.com

 

THE LYFORD CAY INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (LCIS)

Lyford Cay Drive, Western New Providence

Photo credit: BahamasWeekly.com

With a highly multi-cultural student body, situated within the exclusive Lyford Cay community in Western New Providence (home to celebrities like Sean Connery, the Aga Khan IV, and British billionaire Joe Lewis), the Lyford Cay International School (LCIS) is a very-internationally minded educational institution.

Operating for over 53 years, the LCIS teaches the international baccalaureate program at primary, middle and senior level and emphasises extra-curricular participation in athletic, artistic, cultural and musical activities. Students are technology-enabled and each get a digital device to help them with their studies at the school. The LCIS Visual Arts Institute, established under the direction of renowned Bahamian artist, Antonius Roberts, links students with some of the country's most well-known visual and performing artists. The school enables students to participate in a wide variety of sporting activities, including golf and tennis taught in partnership with the sports-centric, nearby Albany Resort.

LCIS's students graduated with their full IB diploma at a rate of 85% in 2015, higher than the international average of 79%.

 

Key Facts
Facilities 25 metre swimming pool, football pitch, library and technology centre, art and music studios.
Students 350, 31 nationalities (60% international, 40% Bahamian).
Ages Elementary to secondary level (3 -16 years).
Fees $17,403 - $26,261 annually.

 

Contact Information
Phone: +1 (242) 362-4774
Email: Info@lcis.bs
Website: www.lcis.bs

 

TAMBEARLY SCHOOL

Sandyport, Western New Providence

Photo credit: Tambearly School

From just 17 students when it first opened its doors in 1985, Tambearly today teaches 175, instructing them according to a U.S. curriculum which allows each student to graduate with a U.S. high school diploma and children have the opportunity to study for Advanced Placement courses that position them to enter universities and colleges globally.

The teaching staff are highly international, hailing from countries including the U.K., U.S., Switzerland and Colombia. The school prides itself on focusing as much on building a sense of community and values as upholding rigorous educational standards. Weekly clubs include yoga, equestrian, tennis, art, drama and more, and after school activities ranging from archery to chess are on offer.

 

Key Facts
Facilities Soccer fields, swimming pool, library, padded gymnasium.
Students Around 175 total, 65% Bahamian, 35% international.
Ages Pre-K to Grade 9. (From 2017-2020 the school will add grades 10, 11 and 12)
Languages 37 languages spoken among student population.
Student to faculty ratio 1:10.
Fees Range from $4,365 to $14,910 annually, dependent on the year of schooling.

 

Contact Information
Phone: +1 (242) 677 7835
Email: Tambearly@coralwave.com
Website: http://www.tambearly.com

 

THE WINDSOR PREPARATORY SCHOOL

Windsor Road, Western New Providence

Photo credit: The Nassau Guardian.

Photo credit: The Nassau Guardian.

Windsor With a mantra of "Inspiring Outstanding Citizens", Windsor Preparatory School is one of Nassau's newest, located near to the much-sought after Old Fort Bay residential community.

Established in 2014 by Lisa McCartney, the founder of another popular local institution, the Meridian School, the international school professes to value community service projects, art, physical education alongside an academic curriculum based on the Cambridge International Examinations. Language training in French and Spanish is available. Classes contain a maximum of 18 students.

 

Key Facts
Facilities 25 metre swimming pool, 60,000 square foot playing field, foreign language lab, a solar-powered science lab, library, music and art rooms.
Ages Reception (age 4) to advanced secondary (years 12-13).
Fees From $10,395 per year to $16,800 per year.

 

Contact Information
Phone: +1 (242) 698-6704
Email: info@windsorprep.com
Website: http://www.st-andrews.com

 

QUEEN'S COLLEGE

Village Road, Eastern New Providence

Photo credit: The Nassau Guardian

This historic faith-based private school has been in existence since 1890 and teaches Bahamas Junior Certificate and the Bahamas Certificate of General Secondary Education. Many of The Bahamas' most prominent individuals passed through its classrooms.

Taking things a step further, the school also offers students the chance to sit the PSAT, SAT, SAT II, GCE Advanced Levels, Pitman, Royal Schools of Music, and Advanced Placement examinations, should they be looking for preparation to apply specifically to further education in the UK or elsewhere. The school also offers an accelerated track for gifted students looking to move at a more challenging pace.

In recent years, the school has begun infusing its teaching with the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey, joining a group of "leadership schools" worldwide who do so. It promises to value emotional intelligence and teaching moral and civic behavior to students.

 

Key Facts
Facilities Pools, library, playground, healthcare unit.
Students 1500
Ages 3.5 - 17 years

 

Contact Information
Phone: +1 (242) 677-7600
Email: Info@qchenceforth.com
Website: www.qchenceforth.com

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