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texasmade
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We are thinking about moving there, i called the two private schools today and got the cost per year.... wow. Does anyone here send their kids to public schools? Education for my child is very important to me.

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Topic starter Posted : May 27, 2015 12:45 am
Alana33
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What island?

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Posted : May 27, 2015 12:53 am
texasmade
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Sorry, S.T.

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Topic starter Posted : May 27, 2015 1:03 am
Spartygrad95
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I have done some initial looking at schools. There are a few public schools which get good marks (primary only). You can get financial aid at Montessori for sure. Schooling and health care will be the two things that drive me away, if I go away.

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Posted : May 27, 2015 1:28 am
Alana33
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You can get financial aid at Antilles as well. Sibilly School is a good primary school for a public school and the parochial schools such as Sts. Peter and Paul and All Saints offer a good education as well.

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Posted : May 27, 2015 1:45 am
soccerrprp
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@texasmade. The cost of private schools in the USVI is nothing compared to what I've seen in Texas (and taught for many years). But, with the cost of living, etc. the price tag is discouraging to say the least. My kids, for the first time in their lives, spent this year in a public school. Not great, but not so bad. For the brighter kiddos, it didn't challenge them enough, but we (parents) did our best to supplement.

I've looked into some of the achievements, challenges of the schools in the USVI. We have also decided not to enroll our kids in a private school. There are some on this board and others who have enrolled their kids in the local public schools and I get the sense that, though not great, they are not a total loss. Like any situation, we have decided to supplement where we can. I teach biology, computer science, digital design, mathematics (up to Alg. 2) (also a tutor) and my wife is a doctor. We can certainly supplement where possible or required. We also have a system in the home that fills any gaps.

Anyway, we are planning to make our move in August (hopefully). I have been given the names of these two elementary schools as suggestions for a more positive experience: Pearl B. Larsen ( http://www.edline.net/pages/PLarsen) and Ricardo Richards ( http://www.edline.net/pages/RRichards). I've visited Larsen and found it to be friendly and with potential. It is also the most eastern elementary school on St. Croix? I could be wrong. I would definitely try to visit. Of course, this only pertains to my limited knowledge of St. Croix and the help I've received from some posters, members of this forum.

Good luck!

Richard

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Posted : May 31, 2015 6:36 pm
monogram
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Young person and recent public school grad here: The public schools are mostly terrible. The instruction was poor, teachers often didn't show up for classes, and the violence was extreme. On several occasions, the school had to be closed due to numerous fights and subsequent threats of retaliation. Most of the commenters here have never attended a VI public school.

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Posted : May 31, 2015 11:15 pm
OldTart
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Most of the commenters here have never attended a VI public school.

You haven't been around the forum long enough to know that there have been several positive threads about education in the public school system coming from both parents whose children have attended them and from teachers within the system who have experience both in stateside and island schools.

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Posted : May 31, 2015 11:50 pm
speee1dy
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monogram knocks everything vi

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Posted : June 1, 2015 10:45 am
ms411
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In today's paper, "This year our 12 seniors have won more than $5 million in scholarships to nationally and regionally acclaimed colleges and universities..."

Sounds like those students are getting a good education.

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Posted : June 1, 2015 11:24 am
monogram
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In today's paper, "This year our 12 seniors have won more than $5 million in scholarships to nationally and regionally acclaimed colleges and universities..."

Sounds like those students are getting a good education.

Which public school has 12 graduating seniors? My previous comment only pertains to public schools. Antilles and Country Day are quite elite. lol LOVE my hometown, but honest feedback will serve this forum's visitors best.

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Posted : June 1, 2015 5:06 pm
ms411
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The school is a parochial school. Not responding to your post, but posted because the thread topic is "Schools."

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Posted : June 1, 2015 5:15 pm
OldTart
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LOVE my hometown, but honest feedback will serve this forum's visitors best.

Don't you think this comment is rather rude? It seems to imply that opinions which differ from yours are therefore dishonest. One's perception is one's reality and, as a recent high school graduate, you're absolutely entitled to your opinion but in turn shouldn't denigrate others' opinions on the subject. The children who do best in any school system anywhere are those who have the encouragement of not only their teachers but their parents and other family members. Statistically those who benefit the least are those with no home support.

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Posted : June 1, 2015 5:18 pm
granolag
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Hear, hear, OT. On all fronts. Home makes a much bigger difference than schools.

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Posted : June 1, 2015 5:40 pm
klpmtm
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Great post OT

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Posted : June 1, 2015 7:36 pm
Cruz
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Young person and recent public school grad here: The public schools are mostly terrible. The instruction was poor, teachers often didn't show up for classes, and the violence was extreme. On several occasions, the school had to be closed due to numerous fights and subsequent threats of retaliation. Most of the commenters here have never attended a VI public school.

what public school did you graduate from?

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Posted : June 1, 2015 7:53 pm
CAtoSTX
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Texas - How old are your kids - because that also makes a difference.
Sibley school has a good reputation for Kindergarden.

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Posted : June 1, 2015 11:10 pm
Alana33
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Texas - How old are your kids - because that also makes a difference.
Sibley school has a good reputation for Kindergarden.

And upper grades but no high school.

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Posted : June 1, 2015 11:46 pm
JohnnyU
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In today's paper, "This year our 12 seniors have won more than $5 million in scholarships to nationally and regionally acclaimed colleges and universities..."

Sounds like those students are getting a good education.

That's over $400M/student, think someone is exaggerating

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Posted : June 2, 2015 12:45 am
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