The registration for students enrolling in, or transferring to government schools in Cayman for the 2017/2018 school year will open on Monday, April 3, and will close on Friday, June 30, the Department of Education Services advises.

Reception classes

Registration for government reception classes is open for qualifying children aged 4 years before Sept. 1. Children born between Sept. 1, 2012 and Aug. 31, 2013 are eligible; they must have turned 4 before Sept. 1, 2017.

The government schools that have reception classes are Sir John A. Cumber, George Town, Prospect, Savannah, Bodden Town, North Side and East End primary schools on Grand Cayman, and West End and Creek primary schools on Cayman Brac.

Year 1

Registration for Year 1 in government schools is open for qualifying children aged 5 years before Sept. 1. Children born between Sept. 1, 2011 and Aug. 31, 2012 are eligible; they must have turned 5 before Sept. 1, 2017.

Older students

Registration for older students transferring internally, re-entering or entering for the first time into the government school system should be completed by June 23.

Registration will take place at the Department of Education Services and the Cayman Brac Teacher’s Centre. Parents can pick up registration forms at government schools; the Department of Education Services, at 130 Thomas Russell Way, George Town; the Cayman Brac Teacher’s Centre; or can download them from www.des.edu.ky. The completed form must be returned to the Department of Education Services or the Cayman Brac Teacher’s Centre, with a copy of the following documents attached:

  • The child’s birth certificate
  • The child’s immunization card (In the case of noncompliance with immunization due to health or religious reasons, the parent must complete a Department of Education Services immunization exempt form)
  • Documentation of the child’s immigration residency category (non-Caymanian students, i.e., birth certificate, passport, status letter/certificate, RS 101 form, copy of parent’s government contract)
  • Mandatory Residency Verification: Proof of address (See published guidelines for school registration, transfers and home school). Residence is determined by a person’s physical presence as a resident within a designated geographic boundary of the school catchment with the intent to remain. Proof in the form of a utility bill, notarized lease or notarized “Parent Affidavit Form” accompanied by a utility bill (CUC, water, cable, telephone), driver’s license or voter ID in the parent’s name, or landlord’s name if renting or if more than one family shares a living space and there is only one owner/leaseholder
  • The last school year’s report (if the child is being admitted from another school, including private schools, local and overseas). In the case of admission to John Gray High School or Clifton Hunter High School, a transcript from the last high school attended should be included.)

The Department of Education Services registration staff will check the documentation and determine the designated catchment area for the school assignment. Following approval by the senior school improvement officer, the school secretary will make an appointment for a medical examination with the public health nurse.

Parents can arrange for an examination from a private doctor listed on the approved Health Services Authority list, which can be requested from the Department of Education Services. The medical examination must be completed before a child is enrolled.

Parents and guardians are reminded to enroll children as soon as possible to ensure that the child has a place at a local school in September. “Children registering after June 30, 2017, cannot be guaranteed space in their catchment area,” the Department of Education Services pointed out in an advisory issued this week.

Parents will receive notification from the school of their child’s placement for September.

Admission priority

According to the Department of Education Services, the priority for admission to government schools is assigned as follows:

Reception program:

  1. Caymanians, with proof established by birth certificate, passport or status certificate
  2. Non-Caymanian children with proof established by birth or marriage to a Caymanian (Caymanian parent must be residing on island, space permitting once the above has been placed.

Primary – secondary:

  1. Caymanians, with proof established by birth certificate, passport or status certificate
  2. Dependents of Caymanians
  3. Dependents of contracted government employees (space permitting following the close of registration)
  4. Dependents of permanent residents (space permitting following the close of registration).

Class sizes are capped for reception and Year 1 at 24 students, and 28 students for all other year groups. Where maximum class sizes are exceeded within the school, spaces will be offered for qualifying students at the nearest school with available space.

Fees

Non-Caymanian students under approved categories must pay school fees at the following rates: Year 1-6 – $250 per term or $750 per year; Year 7-9 – $300 per term or $900 per year; Year 10-12 – $400 per term or $1,200 per year.

Primary school catchment areas:

  • West Bay Primary: North of Government House to Spanish Bay Reef to include all of West Bay
  • George Town Primary: South of Government House to Memorial Avenue; north along Walkers Road to Maple Road; and east along Smith Road to Crewe Road airport junction. North on Airport Road, through the new junction in Industrial Park to include all areas north and east past the airport to North Sound
  • Red Bay Primary: Area on south side of Memorial Avenue, along Walkers Road to Maple Road and the south side of Smith Road; both sides of Crewe Road bordered by Owen Roberts Drive to the north and the South Sound border to the south, on the east side of Victory Avenue
  • Prospect Primary: All areas from Prospect Drive eastward to the west side of Spotts-Newlands Road and the west side of Chime Street on the BP/East/West Arterial (to include all of Prospect Park, Patrick’s Island, Ocean Club, Mariners Cove, Cascades Drive)
  • Savannah Primary: The east side of Spotts-Newlands Road to Beach Bay Road, including greater Pedro area
  • Bodden Town Primary: East of Beach Bay Road up to Breakers, including Northward
  • North Side Primary: All of Frank Sound to Old Man Bay west to Cayman Kai
  • East End Primary: East of the Frank Sound junction to include all of East End to Colliers
  • West End Primary, Cayman Brac: West end of Cayman Brac to Faith Hospital on north side of the island and correspondingly across the island to the south coast
  • Creek Infant/Spot Bay Junior School in Cayman Brac: All areas east of Faith Hospital to the eastern end of Cayman Brac
  • Education Service, Little Cayman: All areas of Little Cayman.

Secondary school catchment areas:

  • John Gray High School: All areas west of Spotts-Newlands Road and west of Chime Street Bypass East/West Arterial
  • Clifton Hunter High School: All areas east of Spotts-Newlands Road and east of Chime Street Bypass East/West Arterial
  • Layman E. Scott High School: All areas of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.
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