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Banjul American Embassy
( International ) School 
Fajara M Section
P.O. Box 2596
West Africa

Tel no: +220 4495920 (Main switchboard)

Fax:     +220 4497181


It is situated in a quiet, residential location at the border between Fajara and Bakau.

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The Banjul American Embassy School was established in The Gambia in September 1984 by a number of Americans connected with the US Embassy Banjul. BAES is a non-profit, private, co-educational school. BAES offers a comprehensive American-based educational curriculum in English from Pre-kindergarten through to the 8th Grade and the University of Nebraska fully accredited online high school for students in grades 9-12. The institution is open to students from all nationalities.

There are 71 students enrolled, 16 classrooms in 5 main buildings.

Grade Levels:
Pre-Kindergarten 1 (3 Year Olds)
Pre-Kindergarten 2 (4 Year Olds)
Kindergarten – Fifth Grade
Sixth – Eighth Grade
Nine - Twelve Grade

Students must be 3 by October 1st to enter.

Term Length:
The BAES term starts in September and continues up to the following June. Children receive the equivalent of about 182 days of schooling each year.

Tuition Fees:
These are set each year by the BAES Board of Directors. The annual tuition may be payable in two semester payments. Each semester is about 18 academic weeks. Tuition fees may be found on the school’s website.

Higher Education Program:
For pupils in grade 9-12 the Banjul American Embassy School has available access to a properly accredited high school program via the University of Nebraska - Lincoln’s Independent Study High School and other programs. These classes are fully supported by classroom teachers.

Students attend school at BAES and are scheduled for co-curricular subjects like computer, art, music and physical education together with middle school students.

Staff Composition:
The staff is made up of people from various nationalities while the majority of the teachers are US or UK trained and certified, and undergo continual professional development.

The school is a member of the Association of International Schools in Africa regional organization and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. BAES is the only internationally accredited school in the Gambia.

The Banjul American Embassy School is governed by a 7 member Board of Directors. Six members of the Board are elected for one-year terms by the BAES Association while the remaining member is appointed by the U.S. Chief of Mission. The association is the equivalent of the Parents Teachers Association. The director is Sharon A. Sperry.

Application forms can be picked up at the school during working hours or downloaded from the website.

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