Admission Open for Class of 2026!
By | December 23, 2022
Time to Apply!
Banjul American International School (BAIS) located on Atlantic Road in Fajara, will continue its successful U.S. High School program in 2022-23. The special tuition rate for self-paying families will remain at $6,000 per year for grades 9-10. Admission is now open for bright, determined students in The Gambia who seek a world class education. The self-paying family tuition rate for grades 11 and 12 will continue at $7,500 USD per annum for self-paying families.
Students who will complete the following grade levels in 2021-22 are encouraged to apply to the BAIS High School program:
- Gambian system: after completion of Grade 9, 10 or 11;
- UK system: after completion of Form 3, 4, or 5 (Years 9, 10, or 11);
- USA/Canadian system: after completion of Grade 8, 9 or 10.
BAIS Director, Myna Anderson invites families with students aged 13 to 16 to contact her via email at Director@BAISGambia.org or WhatsApp on 219 3800 to arrange a campus tour.
BAIS goal is to allow Gambian and expatriate families to keep their children with them at home during adolescence rather than sending them abroad, while being assured their children receive a quality education in a caring environment. As stated by the Director, “as a small school, BAIS believes it is our duty to serve families, and BAIS supports every individual student with the education s/he needs." Students find success due to the support of a cadre of highly experienced and caring high school teachers. As stated by one BAIS student who had attended other private schools in The Gambia, “BAIS is the only option to be able to study in a non-toxic environment where you can just be yourself with teachers and classmates.”
BAIS has had a successful history of more than 35 years as a not-for-profit, American-curriculum, internationally-minded, Early Childhood (2 ½ to 5 year olds), elementary (5 to 11 year olds) and middle school (11-14 year olds). The High School (14 to 19 year olds) opened in August 2020, and BAIS will host its first graduating class in June 2022! These first graduates and the junior class of 2023 will attend universities in the USA, while the class of 2024 are pursuing admission to universities in the EU, UK, Canada and the USA.
The American high school program is a four-year program, rather than 3 years (as in Gambia) or 2 + 2 years (as in the UK). It comprises the same age groups as the Gambian Senior Secondary and UK IGCSE and A Level programs -- approximately 14-18 years old. The U.S. high school diploma is earned by successfully completing courses in English, Mathematics, Social Studies, Sciences, World Languages, the Arts, Technology, Physical Education & Health and other electives. Students must pass courses to earn the requisite credits required for graduation. The four-year program of study is designed to prepare students for acceptance into universities and colleges in the USA, Canada, the UK, Europe, Africa, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and the Middle East.
BAIS is non-discriminatory and welcomes students of every nationality, gender(s), faith, preference and culture.