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Impact


Your gift helps young leaders build a brighter future for the planet

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Impact


Your gift helps young leaders build a brighter future for the planet

Cape Eleuthera Foundation supports programs in place-based educationscientific researchcommunity leadership, and scientific technologies - the four primary programs are The Island SchoolDeep Creek Middle SchoolCape Eleuthera Institute and Center for Sustainable Development.

 

“This organization supports such important needs for our future – education, research, and sustainability. Few foundations are able to have such a broad and meaningful impact on our world. Those who are involved in CEF programs positively impact the world they inhabit in a multitude of ways – as leaders, as visionaries, of people committed to making the world a better place no matter what path they choose in life.”
-Ben Snyder, Island School Parent and Board Member

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The Island School


High School Study Abroad Education 

The Island School


High School Study Abroad Education 

The Island School offers a transformative educational semester and summer journey that takes students away from traditional high school curriculum and invites them to confront authentic challenges.

Classes are designed to allow first-hand engagement with the people and environment of The Bahamas. Each student takes English, math, environmental art, history, and marine ecology. Also, each student contributes to solving real-world problems through a Center for Sustainable Development research project, or generates original knowledge through a science research project with on site masters and Ph.D. scientists.  Each course focuses on the application of knowledge to real-world problems. SCUBA diving, island exploration, and two short kayaking expeditions complement daily morning exercise and campus work that encourages each student to develop leadership and teamwork skills.

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Deep Creek Middle School


Education

Deep Creek Middle School


Education

Deep Creek Middle School is an independent school for Bahamian students in grades seven through nine located on the southern end of the island of Eleuthera.

Deep Creek Middle School offers an experiential approach to the Bahamian curriculum. It is fully endorsed and recognized by the Bahamian Ministry of Education. In 2014, Deep Creek Middle School enrolled 45 students from twelve settlements in Eleuthera.

Deep Creek Middle School was founded in September 2001 with the goal of increasing access to educational resources for people of South Eleuthera. Deep Creek Middle School receives funding from Cape Eleuthera Foundation, a non-profit organization, whose mission is to provide place-based education, scientific research, and community leadership in order to create a more livable future on Eleuthera and throughout the world. Deep Creek Middle School works closely with The Island School and the Cape Eleuthera Institute to offer students and staff a unique experience that connects them more intimately with their environment and on-going efforts for sustainable development and environmental stewardship in South Eleuthera.

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Cape Eleuthera Institute


Research & Conservation

Cape Eleuthera Institute


Research & Conservation

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Cape Eleuthera Institute is a research facility that promotes a connection between people and the environment.

At Cape Eleuthera Institute the holistic approach to island ecosystems, our philosophy of collaboration and relationship building, and intrinsic bond between primary research and education helps to create models of effective resource management and sustainable development. In turn, these model systems help to enhance conservation initiatives and economic prosperity at local, regional, and global scales. Our scope of work includes delivering The Island School semester’s research program, hosting visiting educational programs and field courses for students in primary through graduate school, modeling green technologies that promote self-sufficiency, performing research and collaborating with outside scientists and other organizations in areas related to tropical ecology and sustainability, building local capacity through education, training programs, and hosting conferences. The facilities were built using sustainable design concepts; the built space is an educational tool in itself and fosters innovation. As one of the most eco-friendly campuses in the world, we is contributing to the national dialogue and policy-making efforts to encourage more sustainable development in The Bahamas and similar coastal communities around the world.

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Center for Sustainable Development


Engineering & Systems Innovation

Center for Sustainable Development


Engineering & Systems Innovation

The Center for Sustainable Development was created in the belief that there is an opportunity to present all visitors, students and collaborators with an incredibly unique environment.

Cape Eleuthera's remote location has always demanded a high level of self-sufficiency. The size of our community here is ideal for proving out the viability of systems, and we hope to model living well in this place. We've been committed to environmental sustainability from the very beginning: the campus water supply is collected rainwater, we have the largest renewable energy system in the country (track it real-time here), and we are putting students to work on projects to dramatically reduce campus waste. We manufacture biodiesel to run campus vehicles, we deal with wastewater, and we help engineer the new spaces that support all of the amazing programs going on here. Ultimately, the Center for Sustainable Development aims to build upon these successes, look towards new challenges, and continue to educate in one of the world’s most sustainable classrooms: a green campus that serves as the textbook for student learning.

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Early Learning Center


Education

Early Learning Center


Education

In the fall of 2013 the Early Learning Center was launched on The Island School campus in the experiential tradition, with the pioneer students aged 2-7 years old from our growing community of staff and faculty pre-school and primary school children. 

Pulling from the Reggio Emilia approaches to early childhood education, and using the campus and local environment as a text book, this one-room schoolhouse is helping fulfill our vision for a Pre-K through PhD village of learners and teachers. The learning and teaching at the Early Learning Center is in honor of the memory of our young friend Christopher M. Morris, Jr. from Murrell's Inlet, South Carolina, who loved fishing, boating, and exploring at Cape Eleuthera with his parents and grandparents.

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Other Partners


Other Partners


Your support has fostered collaborations with several local organizations, and together we continue to make significant impact. Some of our partners have received in-kind or financial support directly from Cape Eleuthera Foundation:

 

Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation

BREEF is a Nassau based marine conservation organization founded by Sir Nicholas Nuttall, who was also a founding board member of Cape Eleuthera Foundation. Sir Nick's visionary efforts to educate the public, teachers, students, and policymakers on marine protected areas and species protection opportunities have resulted, under the leadership of a former Island School teacher and Eleuthera native Casuarina McKinney-Lambert, in a new grouper protected season for the Bahamas and reinforced efforts to protect the amazing land and sea environment throughout the country. BREEF recruits students to participate in The Island School's Bahamas Environmental Stewards Scholarship (BESS) program, and places them in internships in Nassau after their semester program. 

 

South Eleuthera Mission 

Originally focused on the renovation of the beautiful former clinic and doctor's residence in Rock Sound into a community center and library, the ongoing programming and efforts to bring people together around community events and initiatives in South Eleuthera have been supported by Cape Eleuthera Foundation's giving community since 2006. Check out more about the South Eleuthera Mission on their website here.


One Eleuthera Foundation

By engaging directly with communities on Eleuthera, One Eleuthera Foundation has a track record of success addressing emergency services (fire and ambulance) needs, breast cancer screening, counseling, and treatment needs, environmental protection and conservation opportunities, arts and cultural events, and addressing economic development through vocational training. Cape Eleuthera Institute has helped host student nurses as well as church volunteers on expedition with One Eleuthera Foundation, and collaborated on education and conservation initiatives on Eleuthera. Island School teachers love the farmshares, community farms, and healthy food options that One Eleuthera supports! Check out more on their website here.