Students enroling in government primary and high schools must register with the Department of Education Services, 130 Thomas Russell Way, George Town, Grand Cayman or the Cayman Brac Teacher’s Centre, between mid-May and mid-July.
You will need to present a copy of the child’s birth certificate, immunisation card and documentation showing the child’s residency category (i.e. a passport or status letter). Parents must also supply proof of their street address, by presenting a utility bill and lease or notarised letter from a landlord if renting. Catchment areas determine which school your child will attend.
Priority for entry into a government school goes first to Caymanians/Status holders, then to dependants of Caymanians, thirdly to dependants of government employees and lastly to permanent residents. A government school education is not open to the children of expats who work in the private sector and are here on a work permit. Class sizes are capped at 24 students per class for kindergarten and Grade 1 and 28 students in other years.
Seven of Grand Cayman’s eight government primary schools now have a Kindergarten/Reception year; leaving Red Bay Primary School, as the only government primary school that starts students in Grade 1, at the age of five (must be five by August 31st of the year of enrolment). Please click ‘Read More’ below for a full list of Government Primary Schools.
As far as public high schools go, there are three government high schools in the Cayman Islands: Two in Grand Cayman (Clifton Hunter High School in Frank Sound and John Gray High School on Academy Way in George Town), and one in Cayman Brac (the Layman E. Scott Snr. High School).
Clifton Hunter and John Gray serve Years 7-11 for students aged 11 to 16, while Layman Scott serves Years 7-12, for students aged 11 to 17. In addition, Clifton Hunter and John Gray students complete a mandatory Year 12 either at the CIFEC (Cayman Islands Further Education Centre), UCCI or at a private school where they do A Levels.
For those leaving a Government high school at the age of 16 who would like to further their education so that they can go to university there are a number of courses available at the CI Further Education Centre. Alternatively, students can apply for a scholarship to go to one of the private high schools to take A Levels or the IB programme. For colleges and universities, see our Tertiary Education section.
An independent charitable organization called LIFE Ltd. (Literacy is for Everyone) has been set up to try to significantly improve the literacy levels in the government schools in Cayman.
They are looking for volunteers for their weekly one-to-one paired reading sessions. If you have 30 minutes per week and want to make a significant difference in a child’s life and in Cayman, then email: firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form. LIFE also has a book donation programme and runs fun literacy events in the community. For further information call (345) 938 6300 or visit www.life.org.ky. Please note that according to Cayman Islands Government policy, anyone volunteering to work with children must have a police clearance certificate.