The Island School

The Island

The Island School offers a unique educational experience that transcends traditional teaching models. Utilizing a world-class science research facility, staff and students work together to discover sustainable solutions to real world problems. They explore the framework of Eleuthera’s cultural and environmental landscape through student-centered academics and outdoor programs. The school’s outreach programs practice a project-based approach to local collaboration, and ultimately support leadership development and personal growth.

  • History and Concept
    Chris and Pam Maxey founded The Island School in 1998 with the goal of conserving the wild population of marine life by providing alternative food sources and jobs for the people of South Eleuthera. In addition to support from The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, where Chris was a teacher, The Island School was made possible by the generous donation of 18 acres of land from Cape Eleuthera Resort and Marina. The school took shape when Chris received the Joukowsky Fellowship, allowing him to work toward his Masters degree in Marine Resource Management at the University of Miami. During this year-long sabbatical, he began his research in sustainable aquaculture, subsequently forming the Cape Eleuthera Marine Conservation Project (now the Cape Eleuthera Foundation) and setting the framework for a school and research station at Cape Eleuthera.

    On March 15, 1999, Pam and Chris Maxey welcomed 22 students and 6 faculty members from The Lawrenceville School to launch the first Island School semester. The Island School and The Lawrenceville School continue to work in collaboration on projects, but now students come from over 250 schools across the U.S., Canada and The Bahamas. Today, the organization has expanded to include a community middle school and resource center, the Deep Creek Middle School (DCMS) for local students, and the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI), which focuses on marine research and sustainable development initiatives.

    Tour the Island School
    The Island School is an intimate and important part of the Cape Eleuthera community and is less than a mile from the resort. If you’d like to tour the school during your visit, please contact the Resort Services Manager.

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