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simkiss
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Good afternoon and happy Mother's Day!

Say I want my child to go to Catholic School I live on St. John...

For grade/elementary/primary school, what are the options?
(is there Catholic grade school on St. John? until what grade?)

For middle school, what are the options?
(assuming Catholic grade school ends before 8th grade, where do you go from here?)

For high school/secondary school, what are the options?
(do all Catholic high school students from St. John have to go to St. Thomas?)

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Also, does anyone have an experience to share is what are the pros and cons of the current arrangement? How could it be improved? For example, if teens on St. John go to St. Thomas every day, how long does that transportation take? Are there parents on St. John who'd like to send their children to Catholic school, but it's either cost prohibitive, or traveling to St. Thomas is not desirable, or other reasons?

Thanks in advance for sharing any experience and tidbits of knowledge you have!

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East Ender
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Mark: Catholic School here is synonymous with St Peter and Paul on St Thomas. Classes go through high school. Have you seen the diocese website? http://www.catholicvi.com/new-pages/pages/news.html

There are only somewhere around 5,000 permanent residents on St John and school options are limited. They are trying to make a pitch for a public high school there, however, I have never heard how many students they think this would serve. Lots of students go to St Thomas for school- early morning ferry, bus,etc.

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simkiss
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anyone know how long the trip takes each way

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glynnswife
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My daughter goes to school on St. John and we live on St. Thomas. I drop her at the ferry at 7:30 - 25 minute ride to St. John and then a 10 minute school bus ride to the school.

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simkiss
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ok, so nearly 6 hours traveling each week. That's not terrible, but for those on St. John going to SS. Peter & Paul, and families like yours but reverse in direction, I wonder if it's "felt" as time lost or do you do something with your trip on the ferry each day? Last I was on the ferry it was July, so I didn't see any students. The reason I ask is because I know there is talk of building a new school on St. John, plus I was a student growing up that traveled 3 hours per day to school and back and in retrospect the school wasn't worth losing 15 hours of my week. Thanks for you insight.

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