Question on schools (5th & 9th graders)
I am moving back to STT after a decade of being in Dallas, TX. I previously lived on STJ, but will be living on the Northside of STT in August. I've done my research on schools and a PMV to visit campuses for my 10&13 yr old girls and they are registered to go to Antilles in the fall. Time is coming to send hte 1st tuition check and I am just doing a last lookover of other options. I've done a search and dont hear much about St. Peter & Paul Catholic School or VIMontessori. Anyone have any experience with STPP? Reason I ask, I know Antilles is the high end education there, but is there a good quality, less pricey alternative? VI Montessori said my 5th grader would have a hard time adjusting from public schools to a montessori teaching environment. i know little about Montessori...
My kids have been in public school for their entire education, have always been the minority, they are laid back and make friends of all types, but I think the transition to island life/public schools might be too much of a culture shock for it to be a good experience. I am certainly not a sheltering/helicopter type of parent, but want to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Any experiences or info is welcome...
I know kids at Antilles, Sts Peter and Paul, All Saints, and VI Montessori. The kids like their schools and the parents of these kids seem to be satisfied with their choices. I would think you would need to visit each school to determine which you feel is the best fit for your daughters
Thanks dntw8up. We toured Antilles one day with the kids and it was like a dream school almost. Made me want to go back to high school! Just dont want to count any schools out... We visited with the kids in December and they loved it, the campus, no uniforms was HUGE in their eyes, classes, kids and all. Of course I'm frugal, so the tuition, even for a great education, nags at me. My father keeps pushing the idea of Catholic schools on me, but unfortunately, I didnt visit while I was there. STPP is much more economical though.
I know this is last minute, but maybe a short trip in the next few weeks could be arranged. Too bad schools out. *-)
My daughter went to VI Montessori from kindegarten - 6th grade. If I had it to do over I would have moved her in the 4th grade. They were great up to that age. After that the teacher in the 4th-6th grade class is constantly changing. They just have not been able to gain stability in that class. I know several people who have taken their kids out and send them to Antilles and I know some people who children attend and they love it. My daughter now goes to Gifft Hill School in St. John and she takes the ferry every day. She has been going for two years now. They are cheaper than Antilles and Montessori but more expensive than SP&P. Students ride the ferry for free, then a school bus picks them up and takes them to school. Feel free to pm me if you want.
Hi, Good night,
Antilles is requiring uniforms this next school year. Just thought you might want to know.:-)
Definitely look into Sts Peter and Paul and All Saints schools; you might be very pleasantly surprised by the quality and the price.
If your girls visited Antilles and liked it, might be best to start them there. This will be a huge adjustment for them and looking forward to the school is an advantage.
Thanks so much everyone for your responses. I think we will stick with Antilles for this 1st transition year, after settling back on island we can definitely research the options and adjust down the road if need be. Antllles still is cheaper than all of the private schools here in Dallas. But the Antilles ratios, campus and lack of sweet 16's with spanking new BMWs is much more inviting.
Funny islander@heart, my kids have been in public schools all there lives and have had to wear uniforms. It's the little things like freedom of dress they get excited about. Guess I should break the change in uniform policy to them on the plane trip down there. Haha.
I think many of the kids at Antilles get cars at 16. There just aren't a lot of Beemers here, but they do get SUVs, etc.
Many Antilles kids do get cars at 16. If you are looking for solid academics and many fewer kids who get cars at 16, Sts Peter and Paul and All Saints are better bets.
Great advice everyone. Thanks for everyone's help. My comment about cars was really just to highlight my distaste for a larger issue with youth here (in TX). Extreme self focus and sense of entitlement. I know that there are pockets of that anywhere you go, just hoping the pockets and extent are smaller there. From what i remember, The best things in life, and on the island, are free.
2 more months till we are on island!
Wow it sounds like you are in highland park or something. And I got to tell you that a pretty small problem in Dallas where there's a lot more without then with. One more month till I get to go home to Dallas to visit! Woohoo!