All eight of Grand Cayman's government primary schools now have a Kindergarten/Reception year. In Cayman Brac, West End Primary and Creek & Spot Bay Primary both have Kindergarten years. Therefore, children who are four by August 31st can start in Kindergarten (the same as the private schools) and stay in the primary school system until the end of Year 6 (aged 10, turning 11).
At the end of Year 6, students take Key Stage II exams which assesses and levels the children for movement to secondary school. The high school then uses the first term to assess each child for academic streaming.
Cayman’s government schools accept students based on catchment areas.
Government primary schools have regular inspections to ensure that they are operating by the standards in Cayman and what can be done to improve their reports.
See www.des.edu.ky for information on the schools listed below: