Island Academy

Antigua and Barbuda

Location: Antigua and Barbuda
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 4 - 18 years

About Island Academy

School Profile

Our mission is to offer a world-class education that will enable our diverse community of students to function successfully, both academically and socially, in the global community.  This is to be accomplished within our school culture of shared responsibility between students, parents and staff.

School and Community    In September of 2001, Island Academy International opened its doors to its first students. Today, just over a decade later, this premier academic institution has been successful in its undertaking to provide high quality education to the children of Antigua and to address the economic and social inequalities which often prevent many of the island’s deserving children access to world-class education. The founders envisioned an educational institution, which would fulfill the needs of these students and those from the expatriate community. This vision realized, Island Academy has evolved into a diverse multinational and socioeconomic environment, with our staff and students representing over 20 nations. In such a setting, our students learn to value diversity and respect cultural and socioeconomic differences. A team of dedicated teachers with experience drawn from around the world bring to life an inspiring curriculum which includes unique programs of art, music, drama and sports.  We seek to nurture and develop not only intellect, but character, instilling in every student ideas about self-sufficiency, responsibility and life-long learning so they may succeed far beyond the boundaries of our campus at Oliver’s Estate.

One of the most significant initiatives at Island Academy is the Bursary Fund which allows approximately 45% of our students, who would not otherwise have the economic means to attend Island Academy every year. Each student is assessed on the basis of need, academic performance and potential, attendance and behavior records. The amount of funds available each year is based on the amount of donations received for that year. This year, approximately 40% of our students are being assisted through this fund.
Accreditation and Memberships 
  The Island Academy international school is accredited as a K-13 school with the Antigua and Barbuda Ministry of Education and as an International Baccalaureate World School (IBDP). It is also a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).

Student Body   Island Academy International comprises of close to 300 students, from the Kindergarten year up to the IB Diploma Program. The diverse student body represents over 20 nations with students drawn from varying socioeconomic backgrounds. 
Faculty The academic atmosphere at Island Academy International draws from a highly qualified instructional staff who truly seeks to further our mission. Collectively, our staff brings in excess of 250 years of teaching experience. They are constantly striving to make our school the best it can be.

Curriculum   Primary (K-6)    At the primary level, for students ages 5 to 11 years, our academic program draws on aspects of international and national curricula. Children are placed in homeroom groupings, or grades, in the care of a homeroom teacher and receive instruction in all of the core subject areas - Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science. Music, Art, Spanish and PE are taught by specialist teachers. Grades 4 to 6 also have IT with their class teacher and the IT specialist in the IT lab.

Secondary (7-11)   The Secondary curriculum, for students ages 12 to 16, prepares students for the eventual challenges of the IB Diploma Program and the Regional Caribbean Examinations Council exams (CXC). The curriculum from grade to grade evolves with an increasingly focused attention given to in-depth subject knowledge, research abilities, self-motivated learning techniques and community service. In the first year of secondary school, students make the transition into secondary academics, with a curricular approach that offers vertical consistency with the grades immediately prior and subsequent. At CXC level students take six compulsory subjects consisting of English A, English B, Math, Biology, Spanish and I.T. Students can then choose another three subjects from Visual Arts, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, P.E. and International History.

International Baccalaureate Program (IB)   In 2009 Island Academy joined the group of select schools around the world offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, a final two-year course of study recognized as the leader in international education. As quoted by the International Baccalaureate Organization, “the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme fosters the knowledge, skills and attitudes that enable students to excel in university”. Students may choose to do the full IB Program, receiving an IB Diploma or opt for the IB certificate program with individual courses of their choosing.

Full IB Diploma   To qualify for the IB Diploma Program, students must take examinations in six subject areas, participate in the Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS) module, and write the Extended Essay. The IB Diploma Program candidate must also take a unique course known as Theory of Knowledge (ToK). In this course, students not only learn to think deeply and critically but explore the connections and similarities between their various subjects.

The IB Curriculum at Island Academy 
  The IB curriculum encompasses six subject groups over the course of two years. The IB Diploma candidate is required to select one subject from each of the six areas mentioned below. At least three and not more than four of the six subjects are taken at the Higher Level (HL-240 hours) and the others at a Standard Level (SL-150 hours). Each completed subject is graded on a scale of 1 (minimum) to 7 (maximum). The award of the IB Diploma requires a minimum total of 24 points, completion of CAS hours and the Extended Essay.

Subject Groups
Group 1: Language A: English (HL)
Group 2: Language B: Spanish (SL, including ab initio)
Group 3: Individuals and Societies, History (HL)
Group 4: Sciences: Biology (HL and SL); Physics
Group 5: Mathematics: Mathematics (SL)
Group 6: The Arts: Visual Arts (HL and SL), Anthropology (HL), Chemistry (SL and HL)

Testing   Testing at Island Academy consists of: Common Entrance (CEE) in grade 6, Regional Caribbean Examinations Council Exams (CXC) in grade 11, PSAT in grade 11 (optional), SAT in grade 12 (optional) and the IB examinations which complete the IB diploma program, in Grade 13.

Extra-curricular Opportunities   Students at Island Academy have the opportunity to engage in the following sports: swimming, basketball, cricket, soccer, tennis, sailing, horseback riding, karate and netball.  Additionally, they may participate in Arts and Craft Club, Guitar Club, and Dance Club, amongst others.

Grading and Ranking System

The grading system is as follows:
A 90-100
B 80-89
C 70-79
D 60-69
F 0-59
Numerical grades appear on report cards. However, on transcripts for students attending U.S. universities the numerical grades are converted to letter grades. The school does not numerically rank students, although for graduation purposes, the valedictorian is the person with the highest numerical average.

College Matriculation, 2005-2013

American University of Antigua, Coolidge, Antigua
Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Great Barrington, MA
Barry University, FL
Bentley University, Waltham, MA
Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA
Bournemouth University, ENG
Cardiff University, WAL
College of Idaho, ID (4)
Elon University, NC
Florida A & M University, FL
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
Florida International University, FL (2)
Florida State University, FL
Georgetown University, Wash. DC
Illinois Institute of Technology, IL
King’s College, University of London, ENG
Le Campus Maurice Tieche, FR
Martin Luther College, MN
Monroe College, NY
Morehouse College, GA
New York Film Academy, NY (2)
Norwich College, ENG
Nottingham Trent University, ENG (2)
Ontario College of Art and Design, CAN
Pensacola Christian College, FL
Ryerson University, CAN
Solihull College Birmingham, ENG
Southampton University, ENG
St. Andrew's University, SCT
St. Leo University, FL (2)
St. Mary’s University, Nova Scotia, Canada (3)
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL
University of California Santa Barbara, CA
University of Exeter, ENG
University of Tulsa, OK
University of the West Indies, BB
University of Western Ontario, CAN
Vancouver Film School, CAN

Contact Us
Island Academy International School
Oliver's Estate
PO Box W1884
West Indies
Phone: (268) 460-1094

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Address: Oliver's Estate, PO Box W1884, St Johns, Antigua and Barbuda
Telephone: +1268 460 1094