Mission & History
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.
School History and Profile
Island Academy International was founded to offer students in Antigua and Barbuda an alternative world-class educational opportunity. The founders envisioned a school that would cater to the needs of Antiguan and Barbudan students, as well as those from our expatriate community. This was accomplished by developing a curriculum based on the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme as the anchor through which the vision of the school would be realized.
The school opened its doors to students in September 2001 in Piccadilly, Antigua. The goal was to establish an internationally accredited school that was intellectually rigorous, physically active, culturally engaged, and civically responsible, and would prepare its students for access to any university in the world. In 2009, after much planning and hard work, Island Academy was approved as an International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme School.
Island Academy International School is the only school in the Lesser Antilles that offers the IBDP, which is recognized by universities around the world. Island Academy is also accredited with the Ministry of Education of Antigua and Barbuda.
In September 2009, Island Academy moved to new purpose-built facility on 15 acres of hillside on the outskirts of Buckley’s Village, in the centre of Antigua. Island Academy serves students from Kindergarten through Grade 13. It is co-educational and is known for the diversity of its student population of over 260, with students from India, England, Australia, South Africa, Canada, New Zealand, France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Peru, Ireland, Russia, and the United States, in addition to those born in Antigua and Barbuda.
The International Baccalaureate Programme is now firmly guiding our student body to achieve a high level of academic performance, to think as well as to learn, and to live by the concept of responsibility rather than obedience. Our students are provided with the opportunity to develop their creative and artistic instincts through our offerings in the arts and music and through participation in our theatrical productions. In athletics, our students are taught to win with humility and to lose with dignity.
Students are encouraged to participate in community service activities so that they understand the value of giving as well as receiving. Above all, Island Academy students are expected to live up to the school’s mission statement, which is to develop within the school community a sense of shared responsibility among students, staff and parents.