NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Lyford Cay International School (LCIS) recently celebrated the opening of the Gateway Building at its new Upper School campus.
The building is part of Phase 1 of the Upper School project which has seen the school expand to two campuses just 1 kilometer and a seven-minute walk apart.
The tract of land was purchased in 2014, the first step in what has become the most significant development in the recent history of LCIS.
The new facilities will enable LCIS to expand and enhance its programming in many areas.
Grade 12 IB Diploma Programme Art student Miya Rodgers, who has been accepted into Savannah College of the Art and Design (SCAD), shared her feelings about the new facilities, stating: “We are very fortunate to have these facilities at our disposal and to be able to use them in our education. The Art Studio is my favorite space. It is an inspiring and spacious classroom, which, I believe, will allow me to develop further as an artist.”
Further highlighting the opportunities the new campus creates for students, LCIS Principal David Mindorff stated: “There are learning walls in each classroom that will allow teachers to work smoothly during technology-integrated lessons. The green spaces and forests of the campus are ideal for outdoor education and student-led environmental initiatives. Importantly, during the COVID-19 pandemic, having two campuses has allowed us to facilitate increased face-to-face opportunities for students.”
Ensuring that younger students have high-quality spaces in which to learn also continues to be a priority for the school. The Lower School campus within Lyford Cay has also seen developments in recent years. Now that grades eight to 12 students have moved to the Upper School campus, Lower School students will benefit from a large design technology space, art studio and science labs. Several classrooms have already been expanded.
LCIS continues to work toward the full completion of Phase 1 of the Upper School project and planning and fundraising for future phases is already underway, with sporting facilities and a second academic building as main priorities.
LCIS remains committed to making the high-quality International Baccalaureate (IB) education the school provides available to bright Bahamian students. The campaign for the new campus included major investments in the Scholarship Endowment and Financial Aid Programme. With the support of donors, this fund will continue to grow to ensure the school is able to support talented Bahamian students who would otherwise not be able to attend LCIS.
Once again thanking the donors whose generosity made the opening of the campus possible, Mindorff said: “The new Upper School campus would not exist today if it were not for the generosity of our many supporters. These donors understood the need for LCIS to expand from its original footprint. Their support has allowed us not only to provide world-class facilities to support our academic programmes but to be able to offer additional enrollment opportunities in response to the ever-expanding interest in our school.”