You will find below a list of the most popular international and bilingual schools for expats in Dominica with fee information. It includes nursery schools, primary and secondary (high) schools and you will find the right school to prepare for International Baccalaureate, and other diploma in Dominica. Some schools will follow the American or British curriculums with English speaking programs.
Education in Dominica is compulsory from ages 5 to 16 and enrollment is generally high. However, poor physical conditions in many primary schools affect the quality of education. Poverty and work on family banana farms also has a negative effect on school attendance.
Dominica was a British colony until 1979 and the school system and most curriculums are based on the British education system. Around 80% of Dominicans are Catholic and as a result, religious education is usually included.
International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student (multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff) in Dominica. There may be some local population, but the schools are usually geared for an international student body. Schools may follow a curriculum model from the US, UK, or France. Primary instruction may be any language (and multiple languages are usually taught), but it is usually in English, French, Spanish, German, or Japanese. Schools provide similar standards of schooling around the globe, providing for an easy transition between schools whether they are in France or Vietnam. 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.
The CoIS (Council of International Schools) 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.
Pioneer Preparatory School
Address: P.O Box 1254
Roseau, Commonwealth of Dominica
Tel: (767) 449 9500
Tuition Rates: $1,397 (E.C. dollars) for International Students, 3 times a year
Kindergarten to Grade 6 with a Dominican National Curriculum. Graduates must take the Common Entrance Examination. Space is limited, so applications are accepted several years in advance of expected date of entry.