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Kindergarten, Primary & High Schools in the Cayman Islands

Last updated: 30th September 2015

Cayman has a good selection of excellent private schools, each following either the British or American curriculum. In both systems the main student intake is for Kindergarten (British) and Pre-K (US). The most popular schools have very few places available in Year 1, so think carefully if you are offered a place and decide to delay your child's entry for a year. Students can then remain in their chosen school up to Year 13 (UK system) and Year 12 (US system).

Schools following the UK system take GCSEs and A Levels and the US system offers either the IB programme or prepares students to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and attain a US High School Diploma. Exam results have been phenomenal with students in the UK system, each gaining on average 10 GCSEs and 3 A Levels, with passes from A* to C.

Cayman Academy
211 Walkers Road, George Town
PO Box 2567, Grand Cayman KY1–1103
Tel: (345) 949 7190/640 2630 or (345) 926 7190


Principal: Dr. Oneil Duncan

Ages: 2 years 9 months-16 years
Student population: 263
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8.30am-3.10pm and Friday 8.30am-12.10pm
Fees per year: Pre-K–Grade 6: CI$3,623
Grade 7–12: CI$5,965
Average class size: 20-25
School description: Cayman Academy is a Seventh-day Adventist Christian institution that delivers holistic education. Its mission, in cooperation with parents/guardians and other stakeholders, is to attract and educate students in a dynamic learning environment. Their highly qualified and dedicated teachers provide quality education in an atmosphere conducive to the children's full development.
Curriculum: Cayman Islands Curriculum and CXC (Caribbean Examination Council)
Facilities: Science and computer labs, library, multi-purpose hall, basket ball court, sports field, music room and canteen
Extracurricular activities: Music clubs, football, netball and swimming, Spelling Bee, Bible Boom (SDA Bible knowledge contest), Knowledge Bowl, Quiz Bowl and debating competitions

Cayman International School
95 Minerva Drive, Camana Bay
PO Box 31364, Grand Cayman KY1–1206
Tel: (345) 945 4664 Fax: (345) 945 4650
Director: Dr. Jeremy Moore
Academic calendar: August–June
Office hours: 7.30am-4.30pm
Ages: 2–18 years
Student population: 580
Application fee: CI$300
Annual fees (2015-16):
    Nursery: 5 days/week CI$9,374
    3 days/week CI$5,624
    2 days/week CI$3,750
    Pre K3–Pre K4: CI$11,256
    Kindergarten: CI$12,170
    Grades 1–3: CI$14,186
    Grades 4–5: CI$ 17,183
    Grades 6–8: CI$17,570
    Grades 9–10: CI$18,070
    Grades 11-12: CI$18,420 
Note: 2% discount applied to an annual payment, 5% surcharge if paid monthly (10 equal instalments). There is a 10% reduction for the second child and 15% for the third and subsequent children
Meals: Hot lunches CI$6 daily   
Average class size: 13-18 (Pre-K to Grade 12)
School description: CIS is governed by the International Schools Services, a non-profit organization located in Princeton, New Jersey, that is dedicated to assisting international schools to achieve a world-class education for their students. The 13-acre CIS campus includes a swimming pool, gymnasium, multiple tennis courts, first-rate athletic field, as well as state-of-the-art technology and arts venues. The faculty, staff and students represent approximately 35 nationalities, providing a rich diversity of cultures and perspectives.
Curriculum: American. IB Diploma, IB Certificates, United States High School Diploma
Facilities: Multi–purpose hall, computer lab, art room, library, science lab, music room, swimming pool, basketball and tennis courts
Extracurricular activities: Model United Nations, National Honor Society, debate team, Destination Imagination, football/soccer, volleyball, netball, basketball, swimming, track/running, dodgeball, tennis, karate, music, art, drawing, ballet, choir, dance, yoga, cooking, meditation, book club, SAT prep, tutoring, rock band, creative writing, Yearbook. Activities may change during the year. After-school care is available 2.15pm-5.30pm.

Cayman Prep & High School
PO Box 10013, Grand Cayman KY1–1001
Primary School site: 242 Smith Road, GT
High School site: 559 Walkers Road, GT
Established: 1949
School Director: Ms. Debra McLaughlin
Primary School Principal: Mrs Patricia Taylor
Tel: (345) 949 5932 Fax: (345) 949 5535
High School Principal: Sheila Purdom
Tel: (345) 949 9115
Academic calendar: September–June
Ages: 4–18 years
Registration fee: CI$300
Annual fees (2015-16):  Kindergarten-Year 6: CI$9,800
    Years 7–9: CI$10,460
    Years 10–11: CI$11,270
    Years 12–13: CI$12,440
Note: Fees can be paid per term or monthly, special rates apply.
Snack fee: CI$60 per term
Annual book fee (Kg-Y6): CI$150
Annual PTA fee: CI$75
Student Population Primary School: 500
Student Population High School: 420
Meals: Daily hot and cold lunches CI$4.85-CI$6.50 per person

After School Care: Provided daily to 5.30pm. CI$14 per afternoon session, $230 per month

Maximum class size: 25 (24 in KG) with all infant classes (KG to Year 2) staffed by a qualified teacher and a Learning Assistant. Each Junior year group (Year 3 to 6) also has a Learning Assistant.
Specialist Teachers: The Primary School has specialist teachers for PE, ICT, Music, Spanish, French and for Learning Support in Literacy and Mathematics
Curriculum: British based. IGCSE, GCSE, AS and A Levels (Cambridge International and Welsh examination boards)
Facilities: Multi-purpose halls, specialist IT and science labs, art and music rooms, drama studio, sports field, research libraries, basketball/netball courts and sixth form facilities. Also mature trees and shady play areas.
Extracurricular activities: Duke of Edinburgh Award, Model United Nations, annual music production, music bands and choirs, debating, robotics, wide range of after-school clubs and activities, sports include rugby, cricket, football (girls and boys), netball, table tennis, field hockey, volleyball, badminton, fitness, sailing and diving.

First Baptist Christian School
920 Crewe Road, Red Bay
PO Box 10275, Grand Cayman KY1-1003
Tel: (345) 945 7906
Principal: Dr. Linda Cross
Academic calendar: September-June
Office hours: 7.30am-3.30pm
Ages: 5-12 years (Kg-Grade 6)
Application fee: CI$150
Annual fees: Kindergarten-Grade 6: CI$7,672
Sibling discount: Sibling's fees are CI$7,286
School hours: 8.15am-2.30pm (children can be dropped from 7.30am)
After-school programme: CI$190 per month full-time and CI$150 part-time
After school programme hours: 3pm-5.30pm
Meals: Hot lunches CI$5 daily through the Food for Thought programme.
Student population: 115
Average class size: 16-22
Curriculum:  American, Christian-based education. US Curriculum. All students receive Music, PE, Spanish and ICT classes taught by specialists. An ASCI Member School. Students take Terra Nova Achievement tests annually. They promote STEM learning, Accelerated Reading and Maths programmes, and integrate technology and 21st Century learning into all subjects. Extra features include weekly chapels, Anti-Bullying programmes and Cayman cultural events.
Facilities: Gym, computer lab, mobile laptop carts, library, music room, interactive white boards and large sports field
Extracurricular activities: sports clubs, cooking, drama, reading, Brownies, sailing, soccer, spelling, running, basketball, art, fitness, photography, flight simulator, hockey, science.

Grace Christian Academy
21 Crescent Close, off Boltins Avenue, West Bay
PO Box 31930, Grand Cayman KY1–1208
Tel: (345) 945 0899
Principal: Mrs. Bernice Scott
Academic calendar: August–June
Application fee: CI$150
Ages: 3–18 years
Annual fees:
    Preschool Half Day: CI$4,510
    Preschool Full Day: CI$8,540
    Grades K–5: CI$9,421.50
    Grades 6–8: CI$9,913.20
    Grades 9–12: CI$ 10,477.50
Note: Second and third siblings are given a discounted rate
Meals: Hot lunch CI$4–CI$8 daily         
Student population: 126
Maximum class size: 14
Curriculum: American, Christian-based education. Grades 6-12: US curriculum.  Advanced Placement classes are also offered. Students take SAT in Grade 12.
Facilities: Swimming pool, science and fully equipped IT computer lab, music room, art classes, sports field, basketball court and two playground areas with equipment
Extracurricular activities: Cooking, debating team, board games, foreign language for Kindergarten to Grade 12, performing arts, steel pans, swimming lessons and free after-school tutorials. Clubs change each term. Early-bird care available. Students participate in mandatory community service activities, work study for years 9-12
Bus service: A school bus runs from Hurley’s Shopping Centre in Grand Harbour to the school in West Bay and back daily. 

Hope Academy
Units 1-8 Grand Harbour Shoppes, Red Bay
PO Box 31160, Grand Cayman KY1–1205
Tel: (345) 769 4673
Head of school: Mrs. Samantha Tibbetts
Academic calendar: August- June
Ages: 4–18 years
Application fee: CI$150 (includes Academic/Therapeutic Screenings as needed)
Annual school fees:
    Pre-K4-12: CI$13,000
Annual book fees: CI$400 per student
Tutoring fees: CI$50 per hour session
Speech therapy fees: CI$125 per hour session
Behaviour therapy: CI$125-$150 / hour session
Educational assessment: CI$3,300
Meals: Hot lunches CI$6 daily   
Student population: 130-144
Maximum class size: 12-15
Curriculum: American
School description: A full-time educational programme designed especially for those who would benefit from a smaller learning environment. This includes students with average to above-average intelligence who may be dealing with specific learning difficulties, ADHD, high-functioning Pervasive Development Disorder (or mild Autistic Spectrum Disorder), anxiety-based disorders and/or other challenges. All of the programmes are geared toward helping each child reach their full potential. This starts at Pre-K4 and encourages a love of learning while building early literacy skills. It continues through High School, where it encourages independence and responsibility, while preparing for college. Please note an academic screening is usually required on enrolment and is included with the application fee.

Extracurricular activities: Several after-school programmes are available and may include academic intervention, homework assistance or one of the therapy options available.

Montessori By The Sea
277 Prospect Point Drive, Prospect
PO Box 11747, Grand Cayman KY1–1009
Tel: (345) 947 0684 Fax: (345) 947 0794
Academic calendar: September–June
Ages: 21 months – 14 years
(Toddlers – Grade 8)
Hours: 8am-3.15pm (depends on age)
Student population: Approximately 155
Application fee: CI$200
Annual fees: (once per year) CI$700
Programmes: Toddler (21 months-3 years): 5 full days/week CI$10,485, 8am–3pm; 5 half-days: CI$9,415, 8am–12pm.
Casa/Pre-K – Kindergarten (3-6 years): Full-days CI$9,460, 8am–3pm; half-days (3-4 years 9 months): CI$8,550, 8am–12pm
Elementary – Lower/Grades 1-3 (6-9 years) and Upper/Grades 3-6 (9-12 years): CI$9,705, 8am-3.15pm
Middle Years/Grades 7-8 (13-14 years): CI$10,435, 7.45am–3.15pm
Sibling Discounts: 5% for the second child and 10% for the third and subsequent children.
Mixed Ages: There are mixed ages in each of the programmes
Payment Options: Tuition payments may be made annually (with a 2% discount), semi-annually (with a 1% discount) or monthly. Discounts available for siblings.
Tours: School tours available monthly
Teacher-student ratio: Toddler: 1:5; Casa: 1:10; Elementary: 1:12; Middle Years: 1:15
Curriculum: Follows the Montessori philosophy, while integrating the British and Canadian education curriculum
Extracurricular activities: After-school clubs which vary on a term-by-term basis
Services: Daily after-school care available 3.15pm-5pm CI$15 daily; CI$240 monthly.

St. Ignatius Catholic School
599 Walkers Road, George Town
PO Box 2638, Grand Cayman KY1–1102
Tel: (345) 949 9250
Established: 1971
Head of Secondary: Mr. Peter Embleton
Head of Primary: Mrs. Veronica Heffernan
Office hours: 8am-4pm
Academic calendar: September–June
Ages: 3–18 years
Application fee: CI$100
Fees:     Nursery–Year 6: Annual: CI$8,517
              Per Term: CI$2,981 (3 terms)
              Monthly: CI$931 (10 months)        
    Years 7 – 11: Annual: CI$9,852
    Per Term: CI$3,505 (3 terms)
              Monthly: CI$1,084 (10 months)
              (includes technology fee)
     Years 12 – 13: Annual: CI$11,522
              Per Term: CI$4,103 (3 terms)
             Monthly: CI$1,266 (10 months)
             (includes technology fee, but does not include books)
Fees: Can be paid monthly, per term or annually
Sibling discount: A third child receives a 25% discount on fees
Student population: 600
Average class size: 22–26
Meals: Hot lunches CI$5-CI$6 daily
Curriculum: Modified British Curriculum (IGCSE and GCSE); AS and A Levels – Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and Welsh Joint Education Committee (WJEC)
Facilities: Three science labs, music wing (including sound–proof practice rooms), learning support centre, canteen, art room, school hall, modern classrooms, sports field, basketball and netball courts, Virtual Learning Environment and laptop programme for Years 7-13
Extracurricular activities: After-school clubs, art, drama, music, sailing, tennis, diving, cricket, rugby, soccer, Cub Scouts, Brownies, cooking clubs, annual music production, house activities. After-school care available 2.30pm–5.30pm daily. Weekly learning support available.

Triple C School

74 Fairbanks Road, George Town
PO Box 10498, Grand Cayman KY1-1005
Tel: (345) 949 6022
Application fee: CI$100
Annual fees: Preschool full-day: CI$6,724, half-day: CI$5,043
    Kg-Grade 3: CI$7,153
    Grades 4–6: CI$7,439
    Grades 7–8: CI$7,870
    Grades 9–10: CI$9,299
    Grade 11: CI$9,442
    Grade 12: CI$9,586
After school-care costs CI$150 per month. Additional fees include a book fee, capital fee, PTA fees and a graduation fee,
Curriculum: American - children work towards an American High School Diploma accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Truth For Youth School
84 Walkers Road, George Town
PO Box 370, Grand Cayman KY1–1106
Tel: (345) 949 2620 or (345) 949 7041
Ages: 3 years 9 months-11 years
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8.15am-3pm and Friday 8.15am-12.15pm
Monthly Fees: CI$385

Wesleyan Christian Academy

150 North West Point Road, West Bay
PO Box 346, Grand Cayman KY1–1301
Tel: (345) 949 1121
Ages: 3 years 9 months - 18 years
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8.10am-3pm and Friday 8.10am-2pm
Annual fees: Kg–Grade 8: CI$5,000
Grades 9–12: CI$5,500
Curriculum: American - students work towards Wesleyan’s High School Diploma.

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