“The American School”

SURALCO, a subsidiary of the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA), founded a school in the mid 1960’s to accommodate their expatriate employees. In 1966, the West Indies Mission opened a school for their children and the children of other missionary agencies. The two schools merged in 1984 and the missionary community operated the new entity. The new school was known as the American Cooperative School. People in Paramaribo still know us as “the American school.” The IAS Board bought the current campus from SURALCO shortly after the merger. We have since grown and transitioned to an international school; the International Academy of Suriname, celebrating more than five decades of excellent Christian education spanning a wide curriculum taught from a biblical worldview.

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