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Become a leader who inspires and drives change.
On the beautiful island of Eleuthera, surrounded by clear blue Bahamian waters, The Island School brings together students from pre-K through Ph.D., and world-renowned researchers to create transformational learning experiences.
By connecting primary research to education and outreach, we create unique opportunities for students and scientists to learn about native ecosystems and environmental sustainability through immersive, place-based experiences.
Push your boundaries. Change the world.
With our campus and the surrounding ocean as a laboratory, you’ll study, research, and live in a learning community dedicated to a more environmentally responsible and sustainable future.
Here, students, educators, and researchers work side by side, connecting with the environment and engaging in the process of inquiry in order to discover sustainable solutions to real-world problems.
Cape Eleuthera Institute
Pursue rigorous science at CEI, a renowned hub for environmental and conservation research, where scientists, engineers, and educators work alongside each other.
High School Semester & Summer Term
Immerse in the natural and cultural landscape of Eleuthera, as you engage in hands-on learning and real scientific research to effect solutions to real-world problems.
Middle & Elementary Schools
Thrive as part of an alternative, experiential approach to education that provides opportunities to engage in exciting, meaningful learning in and out of the classroom.
What will be your transformation story?
The Island School offers a life-changing educational experience. Immersing in the diverse habitats of Eleuthera and its wide array of terrestrial and marine environments, you’ll learn about the natural world. You’ll learn about yourself.
Liberty Research scientist
I feel so privileged to work in an array of habitats … [that] provide many opportunities for impactful research studies.
“The diversity and ecological complexity of Eleuthera’s coastline is astonishing. I feel so privileged to work in an array of habitats, including tidal mangrove creeks and seagrass flats, which are not only incredibly beautiful, but also provide many opportunities for impactful research studies. The work being done on our coastal habitats is essential to protecting populations of many juvenile organisms that are critical to the stability of these ecosystems and the Bahamian fisheries that rely on them.”
Liberty is a Research Scientist from Boca Raton, Florida. She is currently a PhD candidate at Florida International University conducting her research at CEI. Her research interests are centered around marine community ecology of coastal seagrass habitats. At CEI, Liberty is leading research on sea turtle conservation and ecology.
Sanchia Deep Creek Middle School parent
It pushed our kids to explore locally and internationally, engaging in class trips, summer camps and boarding schools.
“My family and I chose Deep Creek Middle School for our son and a year later for our daughter because the experiential approach toward education allowed our children to develop outside of the classroom with School Without Walls, and we shared the same expectations of kindness, responsibility, self-control, respect, honesty and perseverance.
DCMS provides opportunities for our children to become leaders and to grow academically and socially. It pushed our kids to explore locally and internationally, engaging in class trips, summer camps and boarding schools.
We have enjoyed DCMS and look forward to more great times! Our son has now moved on to settle into his new environment abroad and our daughter is an active and valuable member of our DCMS community!”
Sanchia lives in Nassau, The Bahamas and is the mother of two Deep Creek Middle School students.
Bill Visiting scientist
You are welcomed into a wider community whose values are centered around scholarly inquiry and education.
“Conducting research at Cape Eleuthera Institute is unlike most field stations. Whether as an intern, graduate student, or visiting scholar, you are welcomed into a wider community whose values are centered around scholarly inquiry and education. With the facilities and resources to see projects from proposal to publication, CEI has been an ideal location to carry out my research.”
Bill is a Visiting Scientist at the Cape Eleuthera Institute. He is currently conducting research in Land Crabs as he works toward his PhD. Bill teaches a research class with Semester students, supports educational programming at a variety of levels, and uses CEI as a home base for his own work.
Robin Elementary Learning Center parent
They have a full understanding of [different learning styles] and implement various teaching styles for their students to thrive and achieve their highest potential.
“We chose the ELC for our kids because we felt as if it is the best option on the island, hands down. Seeing the excitement in their eyes with the stories they told when they returned home at the end of the day, along with the weekly updates from the teacher, only confirmed our initial inclination about the school and teaching staff. Learning can be taught in many different ways, especially to accommodate every child’s needs and learning styles. The ELC has nailed it. They have a full understanding of this and implement various teaching styles in their school for their students to thrive and achieve their highest potential.”
Robin and her family live in Savannah Sound, Eleuthera. They have two children enrolled at Deep Creek Middle School, and a daughter at the Elementary Learning Center.
Shicardo Participant in Young Men’s Leadership Program
We also interact a lot with our ecosystems and keep our environment clean.
“My experience with the Young Men’s Leadership Program has been very informative and educational. The YMLP is an active group. We work on skills that relate to the world such as leader skills, work skills, grooming, and more. I like this group because we also interact a lot with our ecosystems and keep our environment clean.”
Shicardo is a resident of Deep Creek, Eleuthera and a current participant in the Young Men’s Leadership Program. Shicardo has been part of The Island School community for a long time. He has worked as an Apprentice in the Boathouse, and as a child he participated in the After Schools Program, South Eleuthera Kids Camp and other community based programs.
Amy High School Semester student
I learned that asking questions, sharing ideas, collaborating, and participating in discussions are as important and effective as individual work.
“Before coming to The Island School, my motivation to learn was to do well on tests and get good grades. However, being in Island School classes taught me that asking questions, sharing ideas, collaborating, and participating in discussions are as important and effective as individual work.”
Amy Xu is a Semester Alumna from Spring of 2019. She attended Bronxville High School in New York and is currently a student at Columbia University.
Reneisha Deep Creek Middle School student
We are a loving and nice community.
“Deep Creek Middle School is an experiential learning school. We interact with the ocean and nature. We are a green school, which teaches us to be more responsible, such as reducing plastic waste. We are a loving and nice community.”
Reneisha is a Grade 8 student at DCMS. She’s a former participant of South Eleuthera Kids Camp as well as the After Schools Program and a Plastics Club alumna. She lives in Deep Creek, Eleuthera.
Silia Research Technician
The work we do at CEI looks to implement different techniques and methods of coral restoration.
“I grew up near the ocean and began scuba diving at a young age, where my love for coral reefs began. The work we do at CEI looks to implement different techniques and methods of coral restoration to help increase our efforts in restoring coral reefs in The Bahamas and other comparable environments.”
Silia Woodside is a Research Assistant at the Cape Eleuthera Institute where she works with the Coral Innovation Hub. She grew up in the West End, Grand Bahama.
News from The Island School
World-Class Researchers Creating a Sea Change
The research conducted by The Island School’s renowned scientists, and by scientists who visit us from around the world, focuses on the diverse habitats of Eleuthera and its wide array of diverse terrestrial and marine environments.
The seas surrounding the 700 islands, cays, and islets that form The Bahamas create a mosaic of interconnected coastal habitats, ready to be explored.
Coral reefs, known as the “rainforest of the sea,” support 25 percent of all marine life, but there are coral species that are endangered and in need of restoration.
The Island School’s CEI researchers are studying the behavior and interactions of animal species that live in our nearby open ocean habitats.
Situated next to the continental shelf of the Exuma Sound, CEI researchers have immediate access to the deep sea, a rarely seen world we hope to explore.
Our research introduces a physical science component to understand how the ocean works and the role of the atmosphere in oceanography and biogeochemical processes.
Our food security program is establishing working models that demonstrate viable and sustainable methods of planting, production, and harvesting.
South Eleuthera: Our Home, Our Community
Some of the most important work we do involves outreach and partnerships with local schools, organizations, and community groups. We collaborate with these local partners to design and implement community outreach programs that meet their requests and that align with our expertise in education, conservation, and sustainability. Learn more about our local programs.
Give to the future leaders and stewards of our planet.
Contributions to the Cape Eleuthera Foundation will support students and researchers who are working together to build a more sustainable future.
I love The Island School and will continue to give and be involved for life; I would not be where I am today without my Island School Semester.