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 the city of Bamako, Mali. We partner with the renowned Calvert School of Baltimore, and the Keystone National High School, Pennsylvania, to provide world-class educational programs to students in our community at an affordable cost. BIA is child-centered and operates 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 curriculum, 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.

Curriculum

Calvert: Grades Kindergarten – Eighth

BIA uses the Creative curriculum by Teaching Strategies LLC in preschool and the Calvert curriculum for students in grades Kindergarten through eighth. Our programs are proven, time-tested, recognized for excellence, and considered by educators and parents alike as the most exceptional curriculum available today. Originating from its beginnings more than 100 years ago at the prestigious Calvert School in Maryland, the Calvert curriculum 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. 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 traveling to French-speaking countries.

Take a look at Calvert, and you’ll find an impressive list of families and alumnae. Among so many others, President Barack Obama, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Pearl S. Buck, and political commentator William F. Buckley were at one time or another Calvert students.

Keystone: Grades 9 – 12

Our high school curriculum offers more than 120 rigorous courses, including core subjects, Advanced Placement® (AP® ) courses, dozens of engaging electives, and six 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.

Accreditations

The MSA-CESS, Cognia, and Maryland State Department of Education accreditations of Calvert and Keystone allow BIA students to transfer to schools of their choice at the end of their stay in Bamako and allows our high school graduates to pursue their post-secondary education at reputable universities and colleges within Africa, North America, Europe, or elsewhere.

Message from the Director

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

Enrollment

For inquiries on fees and annual tuition, please call 92906250, 79470086, 70059709, or 90506939. The required enrollment documentation includes:

  • package must consist of a complete enrollment application form (scroll down a bit to download one)
  • applicant’s most recent school reports
  • a copy of the applicant’s birth certificate
  • In line with our enrollment procedures, an assessment test might be necessary to determine placement.