You will find below a list of the most popular international and bilingual schools for expats in Netherlands Antilles 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 Netherlands Antilles. Some schools will follow the American or British curriculums with English speaking programs while others are regulated under the French education system.
Education in the Netherlands Antilles is split into primary, seconday and tertiary levels. Education is compulsory for 10 years with the first six at primary school til age 12, continuing to secondary. Students may choose between a general secondary, technical or vocational stream.
It is estimated that 70% of students complete primary school, but only half complete secondary. There is only one university in the Netherlands Antilles, the Universiteit van de Nederlandse Antilles. It provides higher education degrees in law, social sciences, economics and engineering.
However, literacy rate is at 96%.
International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student (multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff) in Netherlands Antilles. There may be some local population, but the schools are geared for an international student body. Schools usually 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 or French with other secondary languages offered. Many schools provide similar standards of schooling around the globe, providing for an easy transition between schools whether they are in France or Vietnam. Schools often 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.
International School of Curaçao (ISC)
Address: P.O. Box 3090, Koninginnelaan z/n Emmastad, Curaçao
Tuition Rates: 4 installments of 13,600 - 30,500 ANG per year
ISC is an accredited, private, co-educational day school. Classes are taught in English and are available for grades K3 through 12. They also have a First Steps Program for 2 year-olds. The school's curriculum includes the IB program for students in grades 11 and 12. Instruction is in English and the curriculum is based on the American system, as well as offering the IB program. The school is accredited by the AASSA, the College Board, NACAC, CIS and SACS. here is no religious affiliation, so the school accepts students of all religious backgrounds. There are sports teams and various extra-curriculars. Uniforms are required.
Curaçao American Prepartory School (CAPS)
Address: Erosweg 69 Willemstad, Curacao
Tuition Rates: 7,910 - 20,370 ANG per year
The Curacao American Preparatory School is a multicultural learning community. It is a private, American school with small class sizes taught in English (with ESL Support). The curriculum is US based. They have a virtual high school program, CAPS, connected to the Florida Virtual School (FLVS). Uniforms are required.