History

Since our founding in 1962, Lyford Cay International School has been committed to inspiring excellence in its students, teachers and community.

EP Taylor founded Lyford Cay School, later renamed Lyford Cay International School (LCIS), for the children of employees in his grand property venture on the western side of Nassau. What started with just nine students and two teachers has grown to a school that serves local students seeking an innovative and rigorous educational experience, as well as the international business and diplomatic community of Nassau.

The 1990s were a period of tremendous growth at the school, with the addition of the Early Learning Centre, new buildings and international accreditation. By 2003, the Secondary School building was complete and LCIS received authorisation from the International Baccalaureate (IB) to offer the Middle Years Programme. By the end of the decade, the school had expanded to Grade 12, and achieved authorisation for the Diploma and Primary Years Programmes. In 2018, facility and programme expansion continued with the addition of a multipurpose building on the current campus, the start of construction for a new secondary campus and the addition of the Career-related Programme.

Timeline

  • 1962

    Entrepreneur and horse-breeder, EP Taylor, founded the school with nine students and two teachers.

  • 1974

    The student body increased to 95.

  • 1991

    Lyford Cay School is the first primary school to have a marching band and its own newspaper.

  • 1993

    The school is incorporated as a non-profit.

  • 1994

    The new Early Learning Centre and Elementary School buildings open.

  • 1998

    International accreditation is established.

  • 2003

    The school is authorised to offer the IB Middle Years Programme.

  • 2004

    An expanded high school opens in a renovated building and the school is authorised to offer the IB Diploma Programme.

  • 2006

    Lyford Cay School is renamed Lyford Cay International School and sees its first class of graduates.

  • 2009

    Authorisation for the IB Primary Years Programme is achieved.

  • 2018

    The new multipurpose building is dedicated as Dingman Hall. The school received authorisation to offer the IB Career-related Programme.

LCIS At-A-Glance

Take a look

Lyford Cay Uniform

LCIS has developed and changed over the past 50 plus years, but one thing remains the same. The uniforms have always included references to the turquoise and gold of EP Taylor’s horse-racing colours, as seen here on his famous thoroughbred, Northern Dancer.

Lyford Cay Logo Through the Ages

Lyford Cay Mascot

Lyford Cay Yearbooks Through the Ages

1962
year founded
9
number of original students
2006
first graduating class
100
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