You will find below a list of the most popular international and bilingual schools for ex pats in Trinidad and Tobago with fee information. The list includes nursery schools, primary and secondary (high) schools for you to find the right school to prepare for the International Baccalaureate and other accreditation in Trinidad and Tobago. Some schools may follow the American, Canadian or British curriculums with English speaking programs.
Education in Trinidad and Tobago
The country of Trinidad and Tobago has a high literacy rate with education free and compulsory between ages 5 and 16. There is free tuition from Kindergarten to University. The Government of Trinidad and Tobago also provides free transport, books and meals to students of primary and secondary age.
The education system in Trinidad and Tobago mirrors the British education system. Seven years are spent in primary school and a minimum of five years attending secondary school. At the completion of secondary, the first major exam is the local NCSE (National Certificate of Secondary Education) examinations. In the fifth year of secondary school, students take the CSEC (Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate). If students test highly enough, they may continue for two-years until they are prepared for the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE).
International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student (multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff) in Trinidad and Tobago. International schools provide similar standards of schooling around the globe, providing for an easy transition between schools whether they are in France or Vietnam.
There is usually local population, as well as an international student body. Schools may follow a curriculum model from the US, UK, France, etc. Primary instruction may be any language (and multiple languages are usually taught), but it is usually in English. Schools also provide internationally accepted accreditation such as the international baccalaureate.
Admission and enrollment procedures vary from school to school. Space is often limited and preference may be given to students based on nationality. Tuition tends to be expensive based on local standards, but offers high standards of learning, boast smaller class sizes, first-rate facilities, and extracurricular. Boarding facilities are available at some schools, but most only provide day classes.
Accreditation & Membership
- Council of International Schools (CoIS) is a non-profit association of international schools and post-secondary institutions which provides educational accreditation, teacher and leadership recruitment services, links to higher education, governance assistance and help with founding new schools.
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS-CASI) is a regional accreditation agency for US based schools.
International Schools in Port of Spain
International School of Port of Spain (ISPS)
Address: 1 International Drive
Westmoorings, Trinidad, W.I.
Tel: 1(868) 633-4777
Tuition Rates: $6,000 US per year
A private, independent school with full accreditation from SACS. ISPS offers the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program in pre-kindergarten through grade five as a recognized IB World School. Uniforms are required.
Maple Leaf International School
Address: Alyce Heights Dr.
Petit Valley, Trinidad and Tobago
Tel: 868 632 9578
Tuition Rates: Inquire at school
An international school offering classes from elementary to Senior School. The school follows an English-language, Ontario curriculum.
St. Andrew's School
Address: 16 Valleton Avenue
Maraval, Trinidad, West Indies
Tel: (868) 622-2630
Tuition Rates: $30,450 per year (for foreign students)
English language, British curriculum international school. Uniforms are required.
International Schools in Chaguanas
Trillium International School
Address: Hakim Juman Street, Liberty Centre
Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago
Tuition Rates: $39,000 per year
A private school offering the Ontario Ministry of Education Curriculum to Kindergarten, Elementary and Secondary Students. Uniforms are required.