Since our founding in 1962, Lyford Cay International School has been committed to inspiring excellence in its students, teachers and community.
The 1990s were a period of tremendous growth for the school, with the addition of the Early Learning Centre, new buildings and international accreditation. By 2003, the original Secondary School building was completed 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 IB Diploma and Primary Years Programmes. In 2018, facility and programme expansion continued with the addition of a multipurpose building on the Lower School campus, the start of construction for a new secondary campus and the addition of the Career-Related Programme.
The new state-of-the-art Upper School campus was opened in 2021, featuring a science lab, physics classroom, robotics lab, art studio, dance theatre and multi-purpose sport courts, with additional facilities planned as part of a multi-year master plan.
Entrepreneur and horse-breeder, EP Taylor, founded the school with nine students and two teachers.
The student body increased to 95.
Lyford Cay School is the first primary school to have a marching band and its own newspaper.
The school is incorporated as a non-profit.
The new Early Learning Centre and Elementary School buildings are opened.
International accreditation is established.
The school is authorised to offer the IB Middle Years Programme.
An expanded high school opens in a renovated building and the school is authorised to offer the IB Diploma Programme.
Lyford Cay School is renamed Lyford Cay International School and sees its first class of graduates.
Authorisation for the IB Primary Years Programme is achieved.
The new multipurpose building is dedicated as Dingman Hall. The school received authorisation to offer the IB Career-Related Programme.
LCIS officially opened the new Upper School campus just a half-mile walk away from the original Lower School campus in Lyford Cay.
LCIS celebrates 60 years since its founding in 1962.
“LC was a special sea dragon for it is said that anyone who catches sight of him will be blessed with good fortune. One day, LC found himself swimming through the canal at Lyford Cay. Amidst the buildings of a lovely school was a sweet, purple sea grape tree in full bloom. After he’d eaten his fill of his favourite food, he dozed off under the tree. LC woke up to the sounds of laughing children. The sea dragon roared, but the children were not afraid. They invited him to play and he is now sure to visit them on any special school occasion.”
“From the beginning, the values of the school have included open-mindedness, respect for the opinions and cultural background of others, positive communication and a safe, friendly, supportive community. I believe that my first formative years at LCIS were very instrumental in building the values that I have applied in my later education, work, community and family life.”