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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.