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SoManyQuestionsNC
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We are considering a move to St. Thomas. We have two children 11th grade and 8th grade. I have done some online research about the public schools, middle and high, but I would love feed back from people that have first hand knowledge. We are only interested in public school options.

We would likely move in November or December and a mid-year move has me concerned that my kids will have a hard time adjusting.

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Topic starter Posted : September 10, 2015 4:20 pm
OldTart
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Have you searched for previous threads? Type "st thomas public schools" into the search engine, change the date selection to "all" and you'll find a bunch of related threads.

If you haven't made a PMV (pre move visit) here then it's very important that you do so before making any long term moving plans. You should come during the school year so you can personally go to the schools. Your public school options will also depend on where you plan to live/work.

Hope you've also read the vast amount of information in the pull-down menus top of this page. Good luck!

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Posted : September 10, 2015 4:44 pm
Alana33
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You may really want to consider private or parochial schools for your kids. If the expense of private schools is a deterrent, they do offer reduced tuition to those that qualify.

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Posted : September 10, 2015 5:09 pm
ms411
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There are only 2 public high schools on St Thomas, and you are assigned based on your address. I doubt that parents from either school participate on this or any other forum.

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Posted : September 10, 2015 5:17 pm
SoManyQuestionsNC
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Thank you, we do plan a pre-move visit. Things are moving along faster that we anticipated. Second round of interviews went well and third round is next week. The visit will be probably the week following. It's a lot to take in.

I have searched previous threads and some of the information is encouraging, some not so much. I am up for an adventure, but I want it to be a positive experience for my children.

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Topic starter Posted : September 10, 2015 6:54 pm
Alana33
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There are "gang issues" in public schools.
Save yourself a headache and go private or parochial.

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Posted : September 10, 2015 7:55 pm
Exit Zero
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There are only 2 public high schools on St Thomas, and you are assigned based on your address. I doubt that parents from either school participate on this or any other forum.

That is an unbelievable blanket statement to me -- I can only hope that some parents of students in our local high schools do read and participate on this forum - or others.

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Posted : September 10, 2015 8:36 pm
ms411
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The number of participants on any forum is usually very small. I have read posts from parents on St Croix with kids in public school, but I think only one for St Thomas, and I think the child was enrolled in elementary school.

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Posted : September 10, 2015 8:44 pm
monogram
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There are only 2 public high schools on St Thomas, and you are assigned based on your address. I doubt that parents from either school participate on this or any other forum.

Ouch lol.

SoManyQuestions, as a somewhat recent graduate of the V.I. public school system, I can assure you that the schools are as bad as their reputation suggests. My most vivid memories are those of blood and gore. For whatever reasons (legal?) the newspapers never reported on the myriad stabbings/shootings/weapons interdictions I witnessed.

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Posted : September 10, 2015 10:22 pm
mtdoramike
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My question to you would be, why in the world would you want to uproot your children from their schools to move to the Islands? Why can't you wait 5 years until they are out of school and make the move? High school is tough enough without having to start all over again in a new place and new people.

mike

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Posted : September 11, 2015 10:32 am
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