Lyford Cay International School

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Lyford Cay International School
New Providence, Bahamas
Coordinates 25°01′58″N 77°31′00″W / 25.032664°N 77.516536°W / 25.032664; -77.516536Coordinates: 25°01′58″N 77°31′00″W / 25.032664°N 77.516536°W / 25.032664; -77.516536
Type Private
Established 1962
Principal Stacey D. Bobo
Grades Nursery to 12th Grade
Number of students 350
Colour(s) Turquoise and Gold          
Newspaper PenDragon

Lyford Cay International School is an independent, non-denominational day school for Junior PreKindergarten (JPK) through 12th Grade, offering a full International Baccalaureate Programme. It is located on New Providence island in the Bahamas.


Lyford Cay International School was founded in 1962 by Canadian entrepreneur E.P. Taylor, for children of his employees on the island. Initial enrollment was just 9 students - and 2 teachers - but by 1981 these figures had grown to 147 and 9 respectively. The years 1994-97 marked a period of rapid development at the school, with the opening of a new Early Learning Centre and expanded Elementary School. Lyford Cay International School then expanded to include a Secondary School in 2003, receiving IB Middle Years Programme accreditation the same year. The school has offered the IB Diploma Programme since February 2004, and the IB Primary Years Programme since 2005.


The student body of 350 at Lyford Cay International School is diverse, representing approximately 24 different countries from across the world, whilst retaining a 35% native Bahamian enrollment.

Recent improvements to the facility include curriculum enhancements in the music and mathematics programs; installation of a six lane 25-meter competitive swimming pool and radical advancement of the school's ICT infrastructure, including the introduction in October 2006 of a 1:1 laptop initiative for students Grade 7 to 12.


Lyford Cay International School is a fully accredited IB World School offering the IB Diploma Programme (DP), the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP), and the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP). It is currently one of a very small number of schools in the Caribbean to offer all three programmes.

Lyford Cay International School is also accredited by the Council of International Schools and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

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