Education and Schools in Cayman Islands
The education system in the Cayman Islands is generally of a very high standard, and expats will be pleased to know that the islands have a number of schools to choose from. Education is compulsory from the age of four to 16 for all children living on the islands and is free to all Caymanian children and those who qualify as residents.
For expats, if they are employed by the government, they will have the option of sending their children to a public school provided there is space. However, if they are employed in the private sector and earn a certain amount per month with two dependents on their permit, then the child is to attend a private school.
All children are required to take a medical test before entering a public or private/international school.
The school year begins in September.
Public schools in Cayman Islands
Public schools on the Cayman Islands are based on the English model and follow the Examinations Council curriculum, which is very similar to the English GCSE system, making assimilation easier for many expat children.
The government also provides the Alternative Education Centre for secondary-age pupils with behavioural difficulties and for students with special needs.
For English-speaking expats, public schools are a viable option for their children, as the language of instruction is familiar.
Private and international schools in Cayman Islands
There are various private and international primary and secondary schools on the islands that follow either the American or British system. Some of the schools are faith-based. Many of the schools are located in George Town on Grand Cayman.
Whilst there are a number of private and international schools across all three islands, expats will find that space is often limited and there are long waiting lists. Therefore, if choosing a private or international school, early applications should be a priority.
Admission and enrolment procedures vary from school to school. Tuition to private and international schools is usually expensive; however, they tend to offer high standards of learning, good facilities, smaller classes and sundry extra-curricular activities.
Homeschooling in Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands Department of Education Services states that any person who is recognised as a legal resident in the Cayman Islands can homeschool their child with the approval of the Department of Education Services.