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klpmtm
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I'll try and make this short and quick. LOL! Soon enough you will see that is quite laughable w/ me. Anyway, my husband and I have always had the dream of retiring in the Caribbean. But recently I realized that if we waited till then we will NEVER make it. Sooooo, we are looking to relocate in a year or 2 (sooner if doable) to St. Croix with our 2 daughters who are 9 & 6.

After reading this entire site, though not every single forum and topic of discussion, we are starting the planning process. I have my degree in Elementary Education and already scoped out the DVI Education website and found out I have everything need to teach there. I just have to apply. I also contacted a local realtor in St. Croix and found out that St. Croix is in need of teachers. My husband has been working in the restaurant industry since he was 16 and is a Manager at a high volume restaurant.

Both of our children will attend public schools there. What I would like to know is which of the elementary schools would you suggest are "the best." Please don't comment if you are going to tell me how horrible the public schools are over there. I've worked in low income school districts and know for a fact that there are plenty of great dedicated teachers doing their best to teach with what they are given.

Also, I don't want to live in the Upscale east end areas of the island. I want to live and be apart of the community. However, I don't want to have to look over my shoulder 24/7. What neighborhoods/quarters would you suggest?

I have other questions as well but my post is already long enough. LOL. Thanks in advance for any input.

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TommySTX
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Congrats on the decision! Have you been to St. Croix before? My wife and I moved here when I was able to get job transfer a couple months ago. I was only able to do a 1 week visit before we moved. We have been here a couple months and love it so far. We do not have children so unfortunately I can't help with the school question but I can help with any moving type questions if you have any since we are fresh off of doing it. We chose to live on the West end near Frederiksted and have had no issues and feel we're in a very safe area. You will hear stories that, while what the people are saying is true tends to focus a lot on the negatives. We are still very new obviously but haven't felt a bit unsafe anywhere yet and we don't live like hermits. GOOD LUCK and congrats again on LIVING life and not letting it come at you. We're very happy we made that decision! 🙂

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klpmtm
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Hi TommySTX! Actually we have not been to St. Croix before. We have, however, been to the Bahamas, Jamaica (2 times) and the Dominican Republic. We were originally thinking of Jamaica b/c we love the laid back culture but after researching realized it would be very difficult to move and get employment there. So I thought of the USVI. I'm sure it is different than the other Caribbean islands we've been to, but I'm sure they are also similar as well. We plan on making a PMV closer to our move date, since we are going to save up as much $ as possible and we don't want to give any prospective employers the wrong idea of when we will be moving. We want our word to mean something and not have people think we are flakes before we even get out there! LOL.

Thanks for any advice you can give us. we are super excited!

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OptimusPrime
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I would definitely do a PMV before making definite plans. My wife and I moved here less than a year ago with all of our belongings and we are already planning out move back to the states. We studied and planned for years, but reading about and seeing in person are two different things. Also make sure your PMV is long enough to get past the vacation feel. I don't want to badmouth the people or the island itself, it just isn't what we expected overall and is way more expensive for everyday items. Best of luck!

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MosquitoBaitt
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Please don't comment if you are going to tell me how horrible the public schools are over there.

Also, I don't want to live in the Upscale east end areas of the island. I want to live and be apart of the community. However, I don't want to have to look over my shoulder 24/7.

First you ask about the public schools then ask us NOT to tell you the truth.

And the upscale people ARE part of the community, just like the non-upscale people.

It's one island, one people, one love on STX.

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