Lyford Cay

Lyford Cay is one of the most prestigious gated communities in the Bahamas offering homes to the ultra-rich.

Entrance to this private 1,000 acre community is through 24 hour manned gates. The approximately 300 luxury properties include golf course residences, canal front residences and ocean front residences.

Lyford Cay offers an 18-hole championship golf course, twelve tennis courts, a yacht club & marina, a private school, and a private clubhouse where members can dine, relax and enjoy the beach and pool facilities.

If you're a yachting enthusiast, the Lyford Cay Marina is a port of entry into The Bahamas where you are able to clear Bahamas Customs and Immigration. (Procedures for entering The Bahamas)

This community is the ideal place for the wealthy, discerning buyer, seeking a secure private residence with all the conveniences.

LYFORD CAY INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

The school was founded in 1962 by E.P.Taylor for children of employees and nearby residents in his grand property venture on the western side of Nassau. The initial enrollment was just 9 students and 2 teachers.

The school has dramatically changed over the years, but there is one thing that has remained constant - the color of the student uniforms. The bright turquoise and gold trim is no accident. E.P.Taylor selected the uniforms himself, modeled after the racing colors of his thoroughbred stud farm, home to his famous Thoroughbred racehorse Northern Dancer, one of the most influential sires in Thoroughbred history.

By 1981 the number of teachers matched the initial number of students (nine) and by then there were 147 students enrolled. The school undertook one of it's biggest developments in 1993/4 when it opened up the new Early Learning Center followed by an expansion to the Elementary school.

Between the years of 1994-97, the school increased it student body from 100 to over 200; the grade levels went from Nursery-Grade 6 to Grade 9; and the staff numbers expanded from 16 to 30.

Today LCIS boasts a staff of 44 full time teachers, 34 support staff, and 345 students enrolled in Grades ELC - 12.

It received International School accreditation in 1998 and work was completed on the new Secondary School building in 2003.

There have been may famous visitors to the school over the years, including:

• President George H.W.Bush visited the campus in 1993 to talk to the students and plant a commemorative tree

• NASA Astronaut Lt General Thomas P.Stafford (Gemini VI, Gemini IX, Apollo X, Apollo-Soyuz)

• Mpeti Ole Surum, a Masai warrior from Kenya

• Rosa Parks, a pioneer of civil rights

• Renowned primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall

• Many Bahamian Olympic track & field medalists

The school is a purpose-built gated and secure facility, situated in the beautiful western part of the island of New Providence, the gated community of Lyford Cay. Within seven acres, there are 28 classrooms, a library/media center, music and art studios and a science laboratory.

Each classroom is equipped with multi-media computers and full on-line service to the Internet. Students have access to a wide range of techology from iPads, laptops, multi-media computers and there are desktop computers in every classroom. Additionally, every classroom has a Promethean interactive whiteboard providing students and teachers access to this innovative, digital tool.

Sports facilities include a six lane 25m swimming pool, a large, recently renovated sports field accommodating football/soccer pitches, and a basketball court. LCIS additionally leases another 10 acres, which accommodate additional football/soccer pitches, a softball diamond, and a running track.

The school's own sailboats and kayaks are kept on floating dock in the nearby marina, and there are several playground areas for the younger students.

Recent developments to the campus include, renovation of the main parking lot; installation of a new kiln; expansion to the Elementary Art Room; new gymnastics storage facility; two new Early Learning Center classrooms; new Secondary School tuck shop; creation of additional paved parking area; re-surfacing of the basketball court; Secondary School patio improvements; new staff lounge; and maintenance storage facility.

Future campus improvement plans included within a $10m Campus Refurbishment Project are provision of additional classrooms, new multi-purpose/dining facility, and major renovation of existing buildings. The project is purely classroom driven.

Information on Lyford Cay International school obtained from www.lcis.bs