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LCIS breaks ground on new upper school campus

To meet increased demand for enrollment, Lyford Cay International School (LCIS) on Friday broke ground to commence construction on a new campus for its secondary students.

The school purchased 17.5 acres behind St Paul’s Church for the new upper school site; phase one is expected to be constructed on a $20 million budget.

The new upper school campus is the latest in the school’s multi-year strategic and master plan to enhance academic, sporting and co-curricular opportunities and develop the facilities that will support them.

With the completion of the LCIS upper school campus, 250 students in grades six through 12 will be served in the new buildings. LCIS’s enrollment is 385 students from preschool to 12th grade.

Construction is expected to take place over 12 months, and forecasted for completion for the Fall 2020 academic year.

“Over the past 10 years, developing our school has meant expanding educational and co-curricular opportunities for students while making sure we are operating at the highest international standards. Now, to continue that growth and meet increased demand for enrollment, we must build our new, state-of-the-art campus for our secondary students,” said Bryan Glinton, LCIS board of directors co-chair.

“We cannot underestimate how crucial good schools are to the continued development of our community and economy,” said Glinton. “This vision has had a broad base of support and we are excited to continue partnering with philanthropists who are looking to make an impact in education in this country with their investments.”

The current campus will be retained and used by students from preschool through fifth grade, giving the younger students additional space and specialized facilities in which to learn and grow.

On the current campus, classrooms in the Early Learning Centre were recently renovated and a new play-based preschool program was added so children can begin their LCIS career at 18 months old. In addition, a 5,200 square foot multipurpose building, Dingman Hall, has been built to provide more space for performances, assemblies, gatherings and indoor play. Three new playgrounds and a kitchen that serves hot meals have also been installed.

“This next milestone is an exciting and significant investment in the young people and future of our nation,” said Bruce Fernie, board of directors co-chair. “With the building permit issued, a contractor confirmed and infrastructure underway, construction commences immediately and the school looks forward to Fall 2020 when the first students will walk through the doors to benefit from the transformative LCIS education.”

LCIS has a reputation for strong academics and programs. As one of only 100 schools worldwide to offer all four programs – Primary Years, Middle Years, Diploma and Career-related – of the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum, LCIS has emerged as a leader in international education, offering an innovative approach to learning with a global perspective.

As part of the fundraising campaign, the non-profit institution has more than doubled its investment in financial aid and scholarships for Bahamian students.

“With $1.85 million in new gifts to our endowment over the past 12 months, we are building the long-term sustainability of this program, and are ambitious in our desire to raise even more money to share the LCIS education and facilities with even more local students of all ages.”

“Since 2008, the school has awarded over $2.2 million in financial aid and that will continue to grow,” said Dr. Joanna Paul, director of development.

Their goal is to award $400,000 to $500,000 in scholarships by 2021.

LCIS, through its financial aid and scholarship program, over the last eight years has assisted numerous Bahamian students to complete their LCIS education, providing them with the platform they require to go on to universities around the world. Over that same period, LCIS graduates received over $6.8 million in university, government and private scholarships.

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