International Schools in Saint Kitts and Nevis

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You will find below a list of the most popular international and bilingual schools for expats in Saint Kitts and Nevis 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 Saint Kitts and Nevis. Some schools may follow the American or British curriculums with English speaking programs while others are regulated under the Caribbean system.

Education in Saint Kitts and Nevis

The literacy rate in Saint Kitts and Nevis is over 90%, and education is free and compulsory for 12 years.

Elementary education lasts for seven years followed by four years of secondary education at the first level (Middle Education) and two at the second level (Secondary Education).

  • Primary Education: Primary education in this Caribbean island nation is intended for children aged between 5 and 12.
  • Middle Education: Middle schooling follows for 4 years. Students who leave after this education phase may go straight on to work, enrol at an advanced vocational centre, or join the national skills training program (Vocational Education).
  • Secondary Education (non-compulsory): The 2 years of optional secondary school are the final phase of university preparation. At the end of the first year, students take the Caribbean examination council general proficiency examination. With 5 passes, they could go on to work, or complete 6th year at one of 2 local schools.
  • Vocational Education: The advanced vocational education centre provides competency-based skills training through a 30/70 mix of theory and practical experience. Anybody aged 16 and older may use this opportunity to prepare for work, or to further sharpen their skills.

International Schools

International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student (multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff) in Saint Kitts and Nevis. Many schools provide similar standards of schooling around the globe, providing for an easy transition between schools whether they are in France or Carabian Islands. 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, France, etc. Primary instruction may be any language (and multiple languages are usually taught), but it is usually in English, French, Spanish, German, or Japanese. Schools also provide internationally accepted accreditation such as the international baccalaureate.

Admission and enrolment 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

  • 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.
  • European Council of International Schools (ECIS) is a collaborative network promoting the ideals and best practice of international education, complemented by grants and awards.
  • Council of British International Schools (COBIS) is a responsive organisation that serves, supports and represents its member schools.
  • New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC) is a regional accrediting association which establishes standards for all levels of education, from pre-K to doctoral.
  • Agency for French Education Abroad (Agence pour l'enseignement français à l'étranger, AEFE) is a national public agency under the administration of the French government that assures the quality of schools teaching the French national curriculum outside France.
  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) represents over 1100 independent schools and associations in the United States and abroad.

International schools in St Kitts

St. Kitts International Academy
Morgan Heights, Canada Estates, St. Kitts
Tel: +869 466 1026   
Tuition Rates: From $17,145 EC ($6,350) to $20,690 EC ($7,650) [school year 2021/22]

St. Kitts International Academy’s Elementary and Middle School programs have an international set of standards based on best practices throughout the world.  Students are prepared to meet standards similar to those set in the US and Canada with an approach to the local population. Nowadays, S.K.I. Academy has a unique high school program that offers children an alternative to the Caribbean-CXC program, allowing students to graduate with an Ontario Secondary Schools Diploma.

International schools in Nevis

Montessori Academy Nevis
Pump Road, Charlestown, Nevis
Tel: +1 869 469 1074
Tuition Rates: $10,050 XCD ($3,710) [school year 2021/22]

The Montessori Academy applies the Montessori method on elementary education as an approach to education focuses on talents, gifts, and special individuality of each child by providing a stimulating environment where pupils can explore, touch and learn at their own pace. Moreover, at the Montessori Academy, students can participate in cooperative sports and games, as well as French and Spanish lessons, and music.

The Nevis International Secondary School
Nevis International Secondary School
Old St John's Buillding,
Brown Pasture
St. John's Parish
Tel: +1 869 469 7006 | +1869 766 5070
Tuition Rates: $3,000 EC per term ($1,110 per term) [school year 2021/22]

The Nevis International Secondary School is the only private Secondary School on the island of Nevis. It provides quality secondary education to the students of Nevis from ages 11-17. Junior classes [Grade 1&2] follow the educational curriculum of the Federal Government of St Kitts and Nevis, while students in senior classes [Grade 3,4 & 5] are taught according to an enriched Curriculum prescribed by the Caribbean Examination Council [CXC], with special accommodations for SATs in Grades 4 & 5.