Registration for government schools now open

| 31/03/2019 | 0 Comments

Registration for students enrolling in, or transferring to, government schools for the 2019/2020 school year will open on Monday, 1 April and will close on Friday, 28 June.

Registration for government Reception is open for qualifying children aged 4 Years 0 months before 1 September 2019. That means a child born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015 is eligible for Reception, and that he/she must have already turned 4 prior to 1 September 2019.

Government schools on Grand Cayman 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
  • Edna M. Moyle Primary School
  • East End Primary School

Government schools on Cayman Brac that have Reception classes are:

  • West End Primary School
  • Creek Primary School

Registration for Year 1 in government schools is open for qualifying children aged 5 years 0 months before 1 September 2019. That means a child born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014 is eligible for Year 1, and that he/she must have already turned 5 prior to 1 September 2019.

Registration for older students transferring internally, re-entering or entering for the first time into the government school system should be completed by the 28 June 2019 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 Teachers’ Centre (CB/LC). Parents can pick up registration forms at:

  • government schools
  • the Department of Education Services, at 130 Thomas Russell Way, George Town
  • the Cayman Brac Teachers’ Centre on Cayman Brac

Registration forms can also be downloaded here.

Or go to schools.edu.ky, click on “Go to DES homepage”, scroll down to “School Registration”.

Guidance

When the form has been completed, it must be returned to the Department of Education Services, Room #101, on Grand Cayman or the Cayman Brac Teachers’ Centre for Cayman Brac and Little Cayman registrants, with copies of the following documents attached:

All first time students entering government schools:

  • The child’s birth certificate
  • The child’s immunisation card. In the case of non-compliance with immunisation due to health or religious reasons, the parent must complete a DES immunisation exempt form (see here).
  • For non-Caymanian students, documentation of child’s immigration residency category, i.e. birth certificate, passport, government contract showing children as dependents, residence certificate, RS 101 form (contact the senior registration officer at 244-1816 or email errol.levy@gov.ky for the form).
  • For primary schools, the last school year’s reports, including latest psychological reports for any students previously assessed as requiring special education needs (SEN).
  • For high schools, a school transcript, including latest psychological reports for any students previously assessed as requiring special education needs (SEN) from the last high school attended.
  • Medical examinations with the public health nurse. Parents can also arrange for an examination from a private doctor (contact the senior registration officer at 244-1816 or email errol.levy@gov.ky for the approved list of HSA private doctors). The medical examination must be completed before a child is enrolled.
  • Mandatory Residency Verification: Proof of address must be demonstrated by two documents, such as a utility, TV or internet provider bill, a CI driver’s licence, which must include the name of the parent/guardian and the address of the residence. (See full list of “proof of address” documents here, page 2 ‘Residency verification’.) In addition, if a parent/guardian is renting a home, or if more than one family shares a living space and there is only one leaseholder or homeowner, they should fill out an “Affidavit of Residency” form. See here.

Residence is determined by a person’s physical presence as a resident within the 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.

The Department of Education Services registration staff will check the documentation and determine the designated catchment area for the school assignment. Following review/approval by the senior school improvement officer, the assigned school secretary will make an appointment with the public health nurse for medical screening for children who have not completed medicals privately prior to returning their applications to DES for processing.

Students transferring from one government school to another government school:

  • Mandatory residency verification (See explanation above)
  • Out of catchment request: Mandatory clear letter of justification to be reviewed at the end of the registration period. This requires approvals by the director/Registration Committee and is subject to space/services permitting in the year group and school being requested.

Returning Students (students previously enrolled in a government school requesting readmission):

  • Mandatory residency verification (See explanation above)
  • The last school year report from current school if primary or special; or
  • Complete transcript from current high school

Remember to enroll as soon as possible to ensure that your qualifying child has a place at your local school in September. CHILDREN REGISTERING AFTER 28 JUNE CANNOT BE GUARANTEED SPACE at their zoned catchment 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 Programme:

  1. Caymanians, with proof established by birth certificate, Cayman status stamped passport or status certificate
  2. Non-Caymanian children with proof established by birth or marriage certificate that they have a Caymanian parent or guardian who is resident on island, space permitting once the above has been placed. The Caymanian parent shall provide DES proof via form RS101 (contact the senior registration officer at 244-1816 or email errol.levy@gov.ky for the form). 

Primary and secondary schools:

  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 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:

Years 1-6 CI$250.00 per term or CI$750.00 per year
Years 7-9 CI$300.00 per term or CI$900.00 per year
Years 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 and west side of Chime StreetBy-Pass East/West Arterial
CLINTON HUNTER HIGH SCHOOL All areas East Side of Spotts-Newlands Road and East side of Chime Street By-Pass East/West Arterial
LAYMAN SCOTT HIGH SCHOOL All areas of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman

Anyone who has further questions related to registration should contact:

For more information and all necessary forms, see here.

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