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wasame
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Hi all,
Could any of you give me some recommendations or insights on private/parochial schools on St Thomas? I would like a school with a good mix of locals and expats. I have a 1st,3rd,and 9th grader. Antilles I know is a great school, but really expensive. Montessori looks like a very nice school for elementary students yet has only a few high schoolers at this time (I think 9-10 highschoolers?). Do any of you have kids in Montessori? Maybe even a high schooler there that could give me some input?
What is the demographic mix at the parochial schools?

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Topic starter Posted : March 19, 2008 12:26 pm
Trade
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I don't have kids in any but on STT the schools are mixed. You'll also find a big population of East Indians at the downtown parochial schools.

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Posted : March 19, 2008 3:52 pm
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We have an only child, going to kindergarten this coming s/y. We'll enroll him in All Saints. I don't like the "physical" location/condition of the school. However, most people we know recommended it. I like that they were uniforms, for me, it's an equalizer. I mean, compare to Antilles. Most public schools wear uniform. For my husband, the school being an Anglican/Episcopalian, doesn't hurt too because he is.

Re: Antilles, aside from being expensive, we've heard not so good things about it.

It's good if you visit the schools you're considering. Then, it's easy to make a decision. We checked both schools out.

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Posted : March 20, 2008 5:36 pm
antillean
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Well, I am sorry to hear people "hearing bad things" about Antilles. I teach there, and it seems like a good school to me. Dare I ask - "What bad things?" The students are a great bunch, the staff are all smart and happy people, and the classrooms are clean, attractive, uncrowded and well equipped. Almost all graduates go on to university.

I am not an official spokesperson or anything, just a teacher there.

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Posted : March 20, 2008 6:28 pm
islander@heart
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I agree with you antillean. My kids go there and I can't say enough good things about it! It is a first rate school with exceptional teachers and staff.

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Posted : March 20, 2008 7:23 pm
no0ne
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I went to both Antilles and All Saints. The quality of education was much better at Antilles, and as has been mentioned, the facility is much nicer and in a MUCH better location than All Saints.

That said, I have also been in public schools, and All Saints was much better than those.

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Posted : March 21, 2008 2:31 am
wasame
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Thanks for all the insights about schools. Once we visit the schools, I think we will have a better idea. If money was no issue, I'd pick Antilles I think. But 15k a year is more than state college! Ouch! We are in a district here on the mainland with excellent public schools (free) and have 3 kids so perhaps that's why I'm experiencing sticker shock.
So it sounds like the recommended schools so far are: Antilles, Montessori, and All Saints.
Anybody have input on St Peter and Paul? Wesleyan? Seventh Day Adventist?
Demograpic mix is important to me. Safety, a clean facility and qualified staff is important. A friendly environment is important as well.

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Topic starter Posted : March 21, 2008 12:00 pm
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I apologize to all Antilleans (with capital A) if my reply offended you. However, to antillean - I didn't say I heard bad things about Antilles, I said I heard not so good things. 🙂 To each his own though. What's not so good for me may be the best for others, and vice versa. Hence, in my concluding statement, I adviced wasame to visit the schools.

My other suggestion to wasame is if your a church goer - say if you're Catholic or SDA or in my husband's case Anglican, not unless the school is BAD, why not prefer that particular school than others. If the family is Catholic, it just doesn't make sense to send the child to All Saints, and vice versa. That's just my humble opinion.

Wasame - if Antilles is only 5k per year, my child may go there too. 🙂 But see, I would rather save that money for his college, if we get "lucky" that he's going to college. 🙂 Actually, because we can "afford" it that's why our child is going to All Saints, otherwise he's going public. If we're staying here on the mainland, he's going to public school anyway.

Again, you really have to visit each school. For demographic mix - it's not that important to me. Eventhough my child is mix, and where we are right now, he's a minority; it's never a problem. Again, to each his own. Since you already listed the qualities that are important to you, making that decision will not be hard.

Lastly, though school is important, parents teachings are as important when it comes to child's development. I think nobody will disagree with me on that. 🙂

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Posted : March 21, 2008 12:52 pm
Exit Zero
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If your child is definitely college bound the $ investment at Antilles which is a very postgraduate education oriented curriculum may well be worth it with the college scholarship money that graduates from there get offered. That is also basically true for any of our private schools. Many of our local grads are recruited by colleges looking for cultural and geographic diversity. All of our High schools can boast of some impressive college acceptances. Visiting each school and having your child attend as a visitor is worth the time for all involved. The demographics of the island [STT] seem to be pretty closely reflected in the private school enrollment.

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Posted : March 21, 2008 9:55 pm
Ronnie
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All Saints has that honor as well. Everyone that graduates goes on to college. Two nieces of mine both asked their parents to take them out of Antilles and put them in All Saints which they did. One went on to William and Mary and is getting her long white coat at Howard U. this week and will be called Doctor, and the other graduates this summer from UVA. I am proud that they chose my Alma Mater over Antilles.
Many fine folks graduate from both institutions. You do have to visit them. All Saints will hopefully start their new campus in the near future.

RL

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Posted : March 22, 2008 12:38 pm
Exit Zero
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Singling out Antilles was only in a response to the earlier post about their cost vs. a State Univ.- - I was hoping the "true for any of our private schools" would clarify that. All of them provide a fine rate of return on the education investment dollar. Certainly the public schools also garnish their fair share of impressive college acceptances. I am extremely proud of our local students success at furthering their education. If we can attract more of them back home afterwards our lives here would benefit greatly from the home grown talent. One of our biggest exports seems to be our young brainpower.

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Posted : March 22, 2008 2:11 pm
global
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Isn't Antilles a high school only? It shouldn't be compared to a state u.

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Posted : March 24, 2008 10:46 am
global
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Okay.Enough already.If we can have the schools' percentage of college bound graduates for the last 5 years and comparison in SAT scores,will that dampen the debate a bit? Or maybe achievement of the alums to humanity 🙂 . It is our humble belief any kid with educated parent should do well in school ,unless the parent of the child are NOT attentive. The schools are all good as long as they meet the criteria;prepare the child for the world and the advance job market competition rather than elitism and superficial superiority complex and entitlement .

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Posted : March 24, 2008 2:03 pm
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Antilles starts at preschool, I believe & goes through high school. Even Chinese is offered there.

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Posted : March 24, 2008 3:27 pm
global
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Sorry. Trade, I meant Antilles (like most private school) is up to high school only. BTW, I don't know in VI but in mainland where we are right now, Chinese and some other foreign languages are offered in public highschool too.

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Posted : March 24, 2008 11:21 pm
Trade
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Exactly but not all schools here offer it along with college level courses to those qualified & not all stateside schools offer it.

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Posted : March 25, 2008 9:15 am
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wasame
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Thanks for that. I'm excited to see what is to come for the highschool program at Montessori. I will be visiting it next month.

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Topic starter Posted : March 26, 2008 10:59 pm
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