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.
Mr Frédéric Bournas was appointed Acting Principal of Lyford Cay International School in October 2023 following the sudden passing of former Principal Dr David Mindorff.
Mr Bournas has over 25 years of experience in the field of education, both as a teacher and school leader.
Mr Bournas holds his teaching qualification and Bachelor's in Education from the University of Ottawa, Canada. Additionally, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Management, Human Resources, and Public Administration, a Master of Arts in Political Sciences from the University Paris-Nanterre, and an MPhil/Diplôme d'Études Approfondies from the University of Paris Pantheon-Sorbonne. He has worked at LCIS for 16 years.
Prior to working at LCIS, Mr Bournas taught at other renowned schools worldwide, including the American International School of Bucharest, Sterling Hall School, and Appleby College in Canada. He has an extensive teaching portfolio, covering multiple IB PYP, MYP, and DP courses, including French, Individual and Societies, History, Design Technology, Information Technology in a Global Society, Physical and Health Education, and more.
Mr Bournas has served as a Middle Years Programme Moderator for the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) and is currently a Council of International Schools (CIS) Accreditation Evaluator.
Mr Bournas and his wife Syreta have four children, Issa, Mathis, Yohan and Anaïs, all of whom are LCIS students.
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.