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Dear Prospective Student,

The Island School believes that young people, given the right tools, can do just about anything--including change the world. The tools we offer will help you dive deep into the ocean and dig even deeper into yourself in order discover new sources of your own strength, the strength to ask difficult questions, to live well with less, and to believe that you can become a force for positive change in the world. At The Island School, we will ask you to turn off your cell phones and turn on to your surroundings- rich laboratories of learning that include the Caribbean Ocean, Bahamian culture, and our own vibrant community of scientists, faculty and students. By pushing the usual boundaries of classroom education, we create an environment in which critical thinking skills are just a normal part of daily life.

A semester at The Island School involves hard work, community living, and new challenges. For a taste of what life is like during a semester on Eleuthera, take a look at our student blogs, alumni stories in the 'Stories' section in the website footer, and reach out to our Student Ambassadors. When you are ready to begin your own Island School adventure, the first step is to start an application. Through the process of writing your essays, we hope that you might already begin to imagine a new way of learning and even discover something wonderful about yourself.

The Admission Team will be your first point of contact.  Please let us help you with your questions!

Taylor Hoffman
Director of Admissions

Our Admissions Philosophy

The Island School embraces diversity in its many forms. We believe firmly that education happens when we are surrounded by those with different backgrounds and experiences from ourselves. We also know that our community is immeasurably enriched by the different cultures and mindsets that our students bring from their diverse homes, schools, neighborhoods, and nations. While our ideal candidates come from a variety of backgrounds, they all share an intense curiosity about the future of the world around them and are motivated to become leaders effecting change. Acceptance criteria include personal essays, academic records, recommendations, and, most importantly, a clear indication of the student’s enthusiasm and desire to explore a new world and discover new ways of learning. Students come from a variety of schools – public and private, boarding and day.

Who can attend?

Fall & Spring Semesters
High School Sophomores & Juniors

Summer Term
Rising Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors

Additional Programs:

Expeditionary Summer Term
Rising sophomores, juniors & seniors apply HERE

Gap Year
Students 18+ apply through the Cape Eleuthera Institute

Summer One Week Research Programs
For students 16+ apply through the Cape Eleuthera Institute


Apply Now

Apply Now

Application Timeline

Interested students may learn about our programs from our website and are also encouraged to attend an admission event whenever possible. Interviews are recommended, but not required. To schedule a video interview, please contact us at 

September 15
Applications open

November 1 - February 15  
Students may book an optional 15 minute interview in person or via Skype

February 15
Applications due

November 1 - March 1
Applicants and families in need of tuition assistance begin financial aid applications

March 31
Admission decisions mailed


Email us at or call +1 (857) 268-5724



Student Ambassadors

Student Ambassadors

We believe that the best people to tell you about our program are those who have lived it for themselves! As ambassadors, the students below represent the core of The Island School’s ideals; leadership, curiosity, sustainability and community. They are excited about the prospect of talking with you about their experience applying to The Island School, attending, and coming home. We truly believe that the success of our program is represented through our passionate alumni.


Student Testimonial

Student Testimonial

A pivotal experience, thoughtfully introducing me to the idea of independence, in its many forms.
Nick Del Vecchio F'02


IS remains as the singular defining adventure of my life; it has made me me. 
- Griffin Hunt F'11


It's an attitude and an appreciation that is with you in all life's endeavors.
- Stuart Naeny F'04


One of my favorite things about Island School is that I continue to find meaning and understanding about myself, others, and the natural world by reflecting on experiences I had during my semester nearly three years ago. 
Katie Johnson S'11


Island School - where you learn to turn 'I can't' into 'I did'. 
- Adriana Misoul S'06


A place promoting positive change to its students, who in turn positively change our world. 
- Noelle Cooper F'04


It challenges everything you thought you knew about community and the earth - for the better. 
- Stephanie Chaston F'05


Island School is where the improbable becomes possible and the extraordinary becomes ordinary. 
- Robbie Balloch S'12


Leaving technology behind, appreciating a new community, learning with my hands and feet. 
- Anika Ayyar F'11


A new perspective of what community means and a redirection of life's real priorities.
- Jennifer Boone Purviance S'03