Thank you for visiting our web site and giving us an opportunity to tell you more about us.  The Georgetown International Academy (GIA), formerly known as the Georgetown American School, was founded in 1971 to serve the needs of the US Embassy post in Guyana, and continues to be one of 193  “American Overseas Schools” assisted by the U.S. Department of State https://www.state.gov/m/a/os/c1684.htm . During the 1970’s and following decades, GIA became the school for various posts including the Canadian, British, and Indian High Commissions.  At present, we serve the expanded diplomatic community in Georgetown, including the European Union, and various NGOs.  We also proudly serve the families of Guyanese and ex-pat business people and others who desire a fully accredited American international education.

GIA is accredited by SACS/CASI AdvancED (http://www.advanc-ed.org/oasis2/u/par/accreditation/summary?institutionId=30633).  AdvancED is the world’s largest education community, serving more than 27,000 public and private schools and districts across the United States and in 69 countries that educate over 15 million students. As such, students who attend our school transition seamlessly to other overseas schools and universities.  In 2011, GIA was the winner of AdvancED’s James Stiltner Excellence in Education Award which is given to only one awardee per year.  GIA is also a full member of the Association of American Schools in South America http://www.aassa.com/, as well as the Association for the Advancement of International Education http://www.aaie.org/

Everything that we do at GIA is underpinned by our vision and mission:

Vision:  GIA is a 21st century learning community for global citizenship committed to world class excellence and empowering well-rounded individuals educated for success in life.
Mission:  To provide opportunities and challenges for each student to succeed as a lifelong learner and responsible citizen in changing world by:

  • Promoting the highest possible standards of education within a collaborative learning community
  • Promoting the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for lifelong development of a well-rounded individual
  • Preparing students to adapt and adjust to the complexities and challenges of the increasingly interdependent and constantly changing world of the 21st Century
  • Fostering awareness of rights, duties, and responsibilities of global citizenship with a focus on respect for other cultures and nationalities

At GIA, we are also fully committed to positive approaches to discipline that focus on personal responsibility, encouragement, and consequences rather than corporal punishment or other negative practices. We are a Tribes™ learning community.   To learn more about Tribes™, please visit http://tribes.com/ .