2022-2023 enrollment is open now! Free extra-curricular activities and affordable after-school care are available.

About Bamako International Academy

Bamako International Academy (BIA) provides internationally recognized English-language-based education to its students from preschool through grade 12. Our school is located right in Bamako, Mali, and we offer the world-class Calvert Learning and EdOptions Academy curriculum to our students. BIA’s long-standing partnership with Calvert Education has spanned more than a decade. We are child-centered and operate more like a small community attended by students from over thirteen countries. Our small class sizes and individualized learning strategies allow us to delve deeper into our programs, creating more personalized instruction and a cohesive vision among our teachers.

Our Mission

At BIA, our mission is to provide excellent and well-balanced international education in a multicultural environment that fosters learning, encouraging our students to reach their true potentials and become the very best version of themselves.


Grades Preschool – Eighth

BIA uses the Creative Curriculum by Teaching Strategies LLC in preschool and the Calvert Learning from kindergarten through grade eight. Our programs actively engage students in project-based learning that allows them to demonstrate mastery by applying what they learned to real-world situations. Originating from its beginnings more than 100 years ago at the prestigious Calvert School in Maryland, Calvert Learning is now used worldwide by Calvert partner schools, private and international schools, and other blended learning environments.

Calvert French introduces students to French as an international language and focuses on speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Class discussions provide an opportunity for discourse using newly acquired French-speaking skills. In addition, students learn personal greetings and some vital aspects of French culture and continue through practical communication exchanges, thereby gaining the skills necessary to make the most of travelling to French-speaking countries.

Grades 9 – 12

Our high school curriculums, Keystone and EdOptions Academy offer a wide range of courses, including core subjects, Advanced Placement® (AP® ) courses, dozens of engaging electives, and world languages. Our students learn through an interactive, multimedia-rich curriculum, at their own pace, with access to teacher support to ensure a rewarding individualized high school experience. Students have one school session to complete their courses, giving them maximum flexibility and the top-quality education they deserve.


Bamako International Academy is a COGNIA member school. With the MSA-CESS, COGNIA, and NCAA accreditations of Calvert Learning, Keystone and EdOptions Academy, our students transfer to schools of their choice at the end of their stay in Bamako, and our high school graduates pursue their post-secondary education at reputable universities and colleges within Africa, North America, Europe, or elsewhere.


Message from the Director

Welcome to BIA! Choosing a school that fits a child’s needs is always a significant decision for parents; it’s not just about the curriculum but the approach that suits that family’s standards and expectations. BIA has served families and the English-speaking community in Bamako since 2009 and has provided an academic experience that transcends a regular school. Our philosophy focuses on one child at a time, and maintaining a long-standing partnership with two of the most outstanding independent schools in the United States has enabled us to offer internationally accredited and time-tested curriculum to our students. We have great success stories! We welcome students from all backgrounds and have hired and retained the most formidable and multicultural teaching staff. Visit us today to learn more about our school and programs. – Arthur Wilson


For inquiries on fees and annual tuition, please call +223 44905300, 92906250, 70059709, or 79470086. The required enrollment documentation includes:

  • a completed enrollment application form (scroll down a bit to download one)
  • applicant’s most recent school records
  • a copy of the applicant’s birth certificate
  • An assessment test might be necessary to determine placement in line with our enrollment procedures.