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School Profile

PRINCIPAL: Mrs. Kathryn Dillette  

HEAD OF PRIMARY: Mr. Matthew Spencer  
IB DP COORDINATOR: Ms. Stephanie Doland  
IB PYP COORDINATOR: Mrs. Erin Cordes  
Lucaya International School (LIS) is an accredited, college preparatory, non-profit, independent, non-sectarian, co-educational day school governed by a Board of Directors. Founded in 1998, the school is designed to serve the children of the local and international community living on Grand Bahama. All classes are offered in English, with the exception of modern language courses. The educational program is modeled along North American, British and International Baccalaureate Organization guidelines. The school year runs from mid-August to mid-June and has a minimum instructional period of 175 days divided into two semesters.


LIS strives to develop every student's full potential, empowering each child to become a creative, critical and independent thinker. We encourage students to become confident individuals and conscientious citizens of the world, who pursue a lifelong commitment to personal development and service to others.

Accreditation and memberships

LIS is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Our CIS accreditation is also recognized by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). LIS is an IB World School and is authorized to offer both the Primary Years (IB PYP) and IB Diploma Programmes (IBDP).


LIS sits on 12 acre, purpose built campus situated in a quiet, rural setting within easy reach of the main residential areas of the island. There are classrooms in the Early Childhood Center, Primary School, Middle/High School, and I.B. Building. In addition, there is an administration building, library, computer lab, science labs, music and art rooms, covered lunch area, basketball courts, sand volleyball court, soccer field, all purpose field, and playgrounds.

Students and faculty

LIS is a Pre K-12 school with an enrollment of 235 students for the 2017-18 academic year, which are split pretty evenly between the Primary and Secondary Schools. Typically, the student body represents around 30 nationalities with approximately 50% from the Bahamas, 40% from the U.S., U.K. and Canada and the remaining 10% from various countries throughout the world. The diverse student body demands a flexible and creative faculty. Typically, there are around ten nationalities represented in the teaching faculty. The certified, professional staff is selected from among the best candidates the world has to offer.


The curriculum is based on North American, British and international programs of education and incorporates the best educational practices from around the world. There is a strong emphasis on a commitment to global and intercultural education. The school strives for academic excellence, a well-balanced development of all aspects of the student's personality and an appreciation for lifelong learning.

High school course offerings

IGCSE: English Language, English Literature, Spanish, French, History, Geography, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics (Higher and Foundation Tier).
Year 10 & 11 Electives: Information Communication Technology or Visual Arts

International Baccalaureate Diploma: English A Language and Literature (Higher Level, Standard Level),English A  Literature (Higher Level, Standard Level), Spanish B (HL, SL), French B (HL, SL), French Ab. (SL), History (HL, SL), Geography (HL, SL), ITGS (HL, SL), Biology (HL, SL), Chemistry (HL, SL), Physics (HL, SL), Mathematics (SL), Mathematical Studies (SL), Visual Arts (HL, SL).

LIS Graduation Requirements

  • A student must successfully complete a minimum of 24 credits as specified below for graduation from the high school program, specified at Year 10 through Year 13.  One credit is approximately equivalent to one Carnegie unit and encompasses one year of study.
  • 4 English Credits, 3 Mathematics Credits, 3 Science Credits,
  • 3 Humanities Credits, 3 Modern Languages Credits, 2 Creative Arts or IT Credits, 1 Physical Education Credit, 5 Electives (includes extra cores) Credits.

Grade Point Average/ Grading System

GPA is computed based only on coursework completed at Lucaya International School. Courses completed at other institutions are not typically listed on the transcript. Copies of previous schools' records are provided when available. The LIS Letter Grade Scale is utilized throughout the Middle School. In the High School the IGCSE Scale, the IBO Scale and the LIS Letter Grade Scale are all used. The grading system is specific to the course of study students are enrolled in and linked through the school GPA. School GPA is determined by the Grading Chart below.
7 A+ 4.3
6 A 4.0
- A- 3.7
5 B+ 3.3
- B 3.0
- B- 2.7
4 C+ 2.3
- C 2.0
3 C- 1.7
- D+ 1.3
2 D 1.0
- D- 0.7
1 F 0.0

Class Rank/ Weighted Grades

We do not calculate class rank as classes are small and students come from many educational systems. We do not weight IGCSE or IB course grades or Higher Level course grades.

College Acceptances

Bahamas: University of the Bahamas at Freeport, University of the Bahamas at Nassau.

Canada: Acadia University, Carleton University, Concordia University, Douglas College, Dalhousie University, Durham College, Fanshawe College, George Brown College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Humber College, McGill University, McMaster University, Queens University, Ryerson University, Sheridan College, St. Mary's University, St. Francis Xavier University, Trent University, University of British Columbia, University of Calgary, University of Chester, University of Guelph, University of Ottawa, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, University of Winnipeg, Western University, York University.

UK: Heriot-Watts University, Imperial College London, John Moores University, Kingston upon Thames University, Lancaster University, Liverpool John Moores University, London School of Economics and Political Science, Manchester Metropolitan University, Newcastle University, Northumbria University, Regents College London, St. George's University London, University of Bradford, University of Bristol, University of Central Lancashire, University of Chester, University College London, University of East London at Stratford, University of Edinburgh, University of Liverpool, University of London, University of Manchester, University of Nottingham, University of Sussex, University of West England, University of Westminster, York University.

Europe: Austria: University of Vienna, France: Pierre and Marie Curie University, Ireland: NUI Galway, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, University Limerick, University Maynooth, Netherlands: Delft University of Technology, Erasmus University, University of Groningen, Tilburg University, Utrecht University.

USA: Albany State University, American University, Belmont University, Berry College, Brown University, Centre College, Cleveland State University, University of Colorado, East Carolina University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Kent State University, Lindenwood University, Lynn University, Messiah College, Northeastern University, North Carolina State University, Oregon State University, Pennsylvania State University, Pepperdine University, Pomona College, Purdue University, Queens College of North Carolina, Ringling College of Art and Design, Syracuse University, Savannah College of Art and Design, Southern Methodist University, SUNY Oswego, Texas A & M University at College Station, Texas A & M University at Galveston , Tulane University, University of Alabama, University of California at Berkeley, University of California at Los Angeles, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Florida, University of Kentucky, University of Maine, University of Miami, University of Michigan, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, University of San Francisco, University of South Carolina, University of Tampa, University of Texas at Austin, University of Tulsa, University of Wisconsin, Virginia Commonwealth University, Willamette University.