Government school registration open

The Department of Education Services says it is taking action to improve facilities at Sir John A. Cumber Primary School following complaints from parents. - PHOTO: TANEOS RAMSAY

Government school registration for the 2018-2019 school year is under way and will be open until June 29.

To be eligible for reception classes, students need to be age 4 by Aug. 31. Children who are 5 by the same date can register for Year 1. Registration for older students who are transferring, re-entering or new to the system also needs to be completed before the June 29 deadline.

Reception classes are available at 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. Registration forms are available at government schools, the Department of Education Services at 130 Thomas Russell Way, George Town, the Cayman Brac Teacher’s Centre on Cayman Brac or at

Completed forms must be returned to the Department of Education Services or the Cayman Brac Teacher’s Centre with copies of the following documents:

  • The child’s birth certificate;
  • The child’s immunization card (In the case of non-compliance with immunization due to health or religious reasons, the parent must complete a DES 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 parents’ government contract);
  • Mandatory residency verification by demonstrating proof of address in the form of a utility bill (CUC or water), notarized lease or notarized “Parent Affidavit Form” accompanied by a utility bill, drivers license or voter ID in the parents’ name or, if renting, the landlord’s, owner’s or leaseholder’s names;
  • If the child is being admitted from another school including local and overseas private schools, a report from the most recent school year attended should also be provided.

Parents will receive notification from the school of their child’s placement for September. Children registered after June 29 cannot be guaranteed space at their nearest school.

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Priority for admission to government schools is assigned as follows:

Reception Program:

  • Caymanians, with proof established by birth certificate, passport or status certificate;
  • Non-Caymanian children with proof established by birth or marriage to a Caymanian parent residing on island.

Primary and Secondary:

  • Caymanians, with proof established by birth certificate, passport or status certificate;
  • Dependents of Caymanians;
  • Dependents of contracted government employees;
  • Dependents of permanent residents.

Fees for non-Caymanian students are as follows:

  • Year 1-6: $250 per term/$750 per year;
  • Year 7-9: $300 per term/$900 per year;
  • Year 10-12: $400 per term/$1,200 per year.

Grand Cayman residents can make payments at the Government Administration Building. Those on the Sister Islands can make payments at the Cayman Brac Teachers Centre.

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