Island Academy International School was founded in 2001 and is a non-profit organisation. The school was founded to fill a need to offer students in Antigua and Barbuda an alternative world-class educational platform. The founders envisioned a school which would cater to the needs of Antiguan and Barbudan students, as well as those from their expatriate community. This was accomplished by developing a curriculum aimed at introducing the International Baccalaureate Programme as the anchor through which the vision of the school would be realised.
Island Academy has a Bursary Fund Programme which allows approximately 30-40% of their students to attend school every year. Each student is assessed on the basis of need, academic performance and potential, and attendance and behaviour records. The amount of funds available each year is based on the amount of donations received for that year, and once the funds have been distributed they are unable to process any late or incomplete applications. Bursary students are evaluated every semester and also have academic thresholds to maintain. The funding provided by The Maria Holder Memorial Trust for this programme will ensure that six children from disadvantaged communities in Antigua & Barbuda is afforded a decent education at Island Academy International School.