Lyford Cay International School is guided by its mission and vision.
THE SCHOOL'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND ADMINISTRATION use the mission and vision, along with our strategic and master plans and recommendations from our accreditating bodies, to lead the school and plan its growth for the future.
Educating the Leaders of Tomorrow
LCIS provides a transformative, challenging and empowering international education.
LCIS’s Principal is Mr David Mindorff, a highly respected educator in the International Baccalaureate (IB) network and experienced international school leader. He has held the role of Deputy Chief Examiner with the IB organisation and currently serves as a Principal Examiner for biology. Mr Mindorff is the author of a number of textbooks. His most recent publication is MYP Biology, published in 2017 by Oxford University Press. His textbooks have been used by thousands of IB students around the world and he still finds the time to teach students at LCIS.
“LCIS is a community that inspires excellence. Our teachers are enthusiastic, knowledgeable and able to personalise learning for each pupil. Through our challenging International Baccalaureate programmes, the Learner Profile character education framework, our transformative co-curricular activities and the Elite and Developmental Sports programme, we empower students to reach their personal bests in a broad range of pursuits.”
Mr Mindorff is presently completing a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction at the State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo. He holds a Master of Science degree from the University of London, a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Arts & Science degree from McMaster University.
Mr Mindorff returned to LCIS as Principal in 2019 after serving as Principal at Léman International School of Chengdu, China. Prior to that, he was Head of Secondary at Léman International School of Chengdu and Head of Secondary at LCIS. He has also served as the IB Diploma Programme coordinator at Branksome Hall in Toronto, Canada, and at international schools in Romania and Scotland.
Mr Mindorff is a parent of four sons, all of whom have attended LCIS. His youngest son is currently pursuing the IB Diploma. His wife, Dr Michèle Mindorff, is the Assistant Head of Upper School.
Mr Simon Townend became Chair of the LCIS Board of Directors in 2021. He is a current parent and alumni parent of LCIS. He attended LCIS as a boy and his own father served on the School’s Board of Directors. Professionally, Mr Townend is a Partner and Head of Advisory and Tax at KPMG Bahamas as well as the Head of Advisory for KPMG Islands Group. He also serves on the Board of The Bahamas National Trust.
The primary purpose of our school is to provide an inspiring, transformative, challenging, empowering, international education and experience for our students, equipping them to go out into a rapidly changing world and make a real difference for the better. Our strategy and governance approach starts with this vision.
Simon Townend, Chair
LCIS is a non-profit school governed by the Board of Directors & Governors, which oversees the school’s institutional affairs, governance, finances and fundraising, and delegates responsibility for the day-to-day administration, programming and policies to the Principal.
The Board works closely with the Principal and participates in periodic strategic planning for the growth and evolution of the School.
Board members and governors are appointed for their diverse range of talents, skills sets, perspectives, experience, demographics and active school engagement; all of which support the School in fulfilling its promise and achieving its mission.
Board members and governors serve on several working committees: Finance, Development, Campaign, Project, Project Finance, Education & Wellness, Strategic Planning and Nominating. The committee and subcommittee work is supported by staff and other parent or community volunteers.
Accreditations provide international standards for curriculum and administration as well as the structure for LCIS to undergo rigorous internal and external evaluations every few years.
LCIS is an IB World School, fully authorised to offer four IB programmes. The school also is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). LCIS was certified under the UN Green Flag Programme as an Eco School in 2014.