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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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dougtamjj
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I would think the travel time would be a great time to do homework or last minute studying for a test.

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simkiss
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agreed. i'm just wondering if it occurs, or it's "social time." 😀

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Ronnie
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It occurs depending on the student. There is a school in STJ. Gifft Hill has classes up to 12th grade.
I know Antilles has a special taxi that picks students up every day, don't know about Catholic. You should contact the school about that.

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James1987
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Do you think that children of primary schools should be able to perform homework without the support of parents and teachers?

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Jennifer Smith
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I think that primary school children should be able to perform homework without the support. For example, my child, being in high school, showed an interest in mathematics. Therefore my wife and I decided that now is the time to hire a tutor. I believe that if a child has a desire to learn something, then you need to support him. At present, it is not so difficult to find a competent specialist who can help with assignments, for example this company. Tutoring helps children not only academically, but also develops self-confidence, inspiring for new successes. But I want to tell about few downsides. ! In some cases, it can be detrimental to a child's performance, especially if he does not like studying the subject you impose, whether it's geography or history or mathematics. Or, when your child has a very busy schedule and there is simply no time to rest after school.

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James1987
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I think that primary school children should be able to perform homework without the support. For example, my child, being in high school, showed an interest in mathematics. Therefore my wife and I decided that now is the time to hire a tutor. I believe that if a child has a desire to learn something, then you need to support him. At present, it is not so difficult to find a competent specialist who can help with assignments, for example this company. Tutoring helps children not only academically, but also develops self-confidence, inspiring for new successes. But I want to tell about few downsides. ! In some cases, it can be detrimental to a child's performance, especially if he does not like studying the subject you impose, whether it's geography or history or mathematics. Or, when your child has a very busy schedule and there is simply no time to rest after school.

I totally agree with you!!

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vicanuck
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Do you think that children of primary schools should be able to perform homework without the support of parents and teachers?

Personally, I don't believe in homework at all!

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James1987
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why? Do you think they have to do all tasks at school?

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vicanuck
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why? Do you think they have to do all tasks at school?

Having had two kids (now adults), it was just such an endless hassle to deal with all the stress and bother of homework. I didn't mind an hour or so, but, these days the homework burden has gotten ridiculous IMO.

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speee1dy
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homework for many children takes up to 3 hours or more at night. when does the child have time for other things? why does homework need to take so much of a students after school time. thats like going to school for 10 hours. why

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James1987
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I remembered how I at school did my homework .. sometimes until 2 a.m.

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