In 1971, GIA was founded (originally as the Georgetown American School), in order to provide an American education to the dependents of United States citizens resident in Guyana. With time, others in the business, professional, and consular communities seeking an instructional program in the English language joined our school, thereby creating an international school community in Guyana. GIA is accredited by AdvancEd, and is an official American Overseas (A/OS) school. Thus its international students receive the benefits of continued studies without lapse when returning to their home countries or subsequent diplomatic postings, and its Guyanese students receive an education that prepares them to eventually study abroad.
GIA is a private, unincorporated, coeducational school. In its early years, classes were conducted under a private home, but in the 1980’s, the school moved to its current location on the corner of Delhi and Chandra Nagar Streets in Prashad Nagar. During the 1990’s, the school acquired the adjoining property on Chandra Nagar Street and Premniranjan Place. GIA is also in possession of a lease for the City Council Reserve that is located directly across the street from the campus. GIA maintains this reserve property for sports purposes and the use of community residents.
GIA is located approximately three miles from the heart of Guyana’s capital city and is located in a comfortable residential area. The GIA campus is located on three adjoining properties and includes two buildings. The main building houses the administrative offices, elementary school, and assembly area. The secondary building houses the high school, library, and science lab. GIA’s campus includes two play areas and is protected by security fences and round-the-clock guard service.
Curriculum and Instruction
GIA offers a Nursery through Grade 12 curriculum that is compatible with those of US-based schools. In 1998, our school received accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), which subsequently renewed our accreditation in 2005 and 2010 and awarded us with the James Stilter Mission Award, which is presented to the person or school that best exemplifies AdvancED’s mission to spread academic excellence to children worldwide. Our academic standards help to reinforce the alignment of our curriculum with those of similar academic institutions worldwide.
In addition to the core curriculum, GIA’s academic program is augmented by music, art, French, Spanish, and physical education. Also, GIA’s curriculum is designed to take advantage of the unique educational opportunities provided by the school’s location in Guyana. The favorable student/teacher ratio is conducive to individualized instruction, flexibility, and the accommodation of mild special needs.
Although not an official US Embassy school, GIA is an A/OS school and thereby receives Aid Grants and similar benefits from the US Department of State in Washington D.C. Throughout its existence, GIA has enjoyed a special relationship with the US embassy in Guyana, and the support of the United States Ambassador. GIA also receives unofficial support from other embassies and high commissions including the Indian High Commission, Canadian High Commission, and European Union.
GIA is also affiliated with the Association of American Schools in South America (AASSA), a group whose mission is to provide and promote programs and services to member schools to enhance the quality of American International Education.
Director: Kelly Mekdeci
Business Manager: Volda Lawrence
Board Chair: Albert Razick
Vice Chair: Scheherazade Khan
Board Treasurer: Fiona Cole
Board Secretary (ag): George Wachira