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Registration for Government Schools Now Open

Notice Board 06/04/2018

The Department of Education Services (DES) would like the public to know that registration for students enrolling in, or transferring to Government schools for the 2018/2019 school year will be open on Tuesday, 3 April 2018 and close on Friday, 29 June 2018.

Registration for Government Reception classes is open for qualifying children aged 4 Years 0 months before 1 September 2018. That means a child born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014 is eligible for reception, and that he/she must have already turned 4 prior to 1st September, 2018.

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

Registration for Year 1 in Government schools is open for qualifying children aged 5 years 0 months before 1 September 2018. That means a child born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013 is eligible for Year 1, and that he/she must have already turned 5 prior to 1 September, 2018.

Registration for older students transferring internally, re-entering or entering for the first time into the Government school system should be completed by the 29 June 2018 deadline in order for the child to be eligible to attend school at the start of the school year.

Registration will take place at the Department of Education Services (GCM) and the Cayman Brac Teacher’s Centre (CB/LC).  Parents may 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 on Cayman Brac or it can be downloaded from the website http://www.des.edu.ky.


Guidance

When the form has been completed, it 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 non-compliance with immunization due to health or religious reasons, the parent must complete a DES immunization exempt form.)
  • Documentation of 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 Proof of address must be demonstrated by any two (2) of the following documents listed, One from Group A and One from Group B (See published guidelines for school registration, transfers & Homeschool)

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. The address/residence of a student for school purposes depends upon a factual determination of the care, custody and control of the student.

  • Proof in the form of a utility bill (CUC or Water), notarized lease or notarized “Parent Affidavit Form” accompanied by a utility bill, CUC, Water, Cable, Telephone, Driver’s License or Voter ID in the parents name or landlord name if renting or if more than one family shares a living space and there is only one owner/lease holder.

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 (Request approved HSA list). The medical examination must be completed before a child is enrolled.

Remember enroll as soon as possible to ensure that your qualifying child has a place at your local school in September. Children registering after 29 June 2018 cannot be guaranteed space at their nearest school. Parents will receive notification from the school of their child’s placement for September.


Entry to Government Schools

Priority for admission to Government schools is assigned as follows:

Reception Program: 4 years before 1 September 2018.

  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 all Caymanian children have been placed.)

Primary – Secondary: 5 years before 1 September 2018 and children older.

  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 at 24 students for Reception and Year 1 and 28 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. Spaces for categories 3 and 4 and all out of catchment request will be reviewed following the closure of registration.


Payment of Fees:

All non-Caymanian students under approved categories must pay school fees at the following rates:

  • Year 1-6                CI$250.00 per term or CI$750.00 per year
  • Year 7-9                CI$300.00 per term or CI$900.00 per year
  • Year 10-12            CI$400.00 per term or CI$1,200.00 per year

Payment sites are as follows:

  • Cayman Brac/ Little Cayman residents: Cayman Brac Teachers Centre, Cayman Brac
  • Grand Cayman residents: First Floor, Government Administration Building, Treasury Counter.

Catchment Area for government primary schools:

 

GRAND CAYMAN:

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 South side of Smith Road, both sides of Crewe Road bordered by Owen Robert Drive to the North and South Sound to the South Sound Boarder on the east side of Victory Avenue.
PROSPECT PRIMARY   All areas from Prospect Drive eastward to west side of Spotts-Newlands Road and 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 in Pedro 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.
 

CAYMAN BRAC/LITTLE CAYMAN

WEST END PRIMARY   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   All areas east of Faith Hospital to the Eastern end of Cayman Brac
LITTLE CAYMAN EDUCATION SERVICE   All areas of Little Cayman

Catchment Area for government Secondary Schools:

 

JOHN GRAY HIGH SCHOOL   All areas West Side of Spotts-Newlands Road & west side of Chime Street By- Pass East/West Arterial
CLINTON HUNTER HIGH SCHOOL   All areas East Side of Spotts-Newlands Road & East side of Chime Street By-Pass East/West Arterial
LAYMAN SCOTT HIGH SCHOOL   All areas of Cayman Brac & Little Cayman

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