Education on the Dutch Side of St. Maarten is compulsory between ages of 4 and 18.
On St. Maarten there are 16 Public Primary schools and 2 Private Primary schools. Some examples of Public Schools are Methodist Agogic Center (M.A.C) and Sint Dominic Primary School. These schools offer your child/children to achieve their full potential academically, socially and spiritually and ensures that students aren’t merely taught but that learning takes place. You are required to pay approximately NAF 400 per year.
The Private Schools which are Caribbean International Academy (CIA) and Learning Unlimited Preparatory School (LU). These schools from Kindergarten to grade 12 stresses the skills of decision-making, time management, and creative and critical thinking and offers a supportive environment to ensure your child/children experience success every day. The required payment is approximately $1000 per month.
There is also one public elementary school for special education. It is the Prins Willem-Alexander School. This school caters to students with variety of disabilities including Down Syndrome, Autism, Intellectual Disability, ADHD and Learning Disabilities.
On the other hand, there are 9 High schools. Some examples of these schools are Milton Peters College which is the only Dutch Secondary school on the island and St. Dominic and St. Maarten Academy (academic) which provides the opportunity for students to achieve academic success and to mature in an atmosphere of Christian ideals and values.
St. Maarten has only one performing arts school which is The Charlotte Brookson Academy of the Performance Arts that both offer academics and performing art classes. They offer a full day program starting with Academic classes and in the afternoons Performance arts classes (Music, Theater Arts, Visual Arts, Physical Education and Dance). They also get a change to showcase their talents at occasional events and go abroad to get a whiff of different ways to develop their individual arts. If interested the required pay would be approximately NAF 900 per year.
The National Institute for Professional Advancement (NIPA) is the only government recognized for advance vocational technical education in St. Maarten. NIPA offers advanced vocational education for students who want to further their education after secondary schools and adults already in the workforce. Their programs are tailored to the needs and interests of the labor market and the wider St. Maarten community. The price varies on which course you choose to implement.
Lastly, on a tertiary level there are 2 Universities on the island, The University of Sint Maarten is committed to offering quality career and academic education that will provide students with a solid foundation to enter the field of their chosen career and American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine believe that healthcare landscape of tomorrow will require a different type of doctor, one who is globally minded and capable of working as part of a cohesive team to deliver empathetic, extraordinary care to a diverse patient population. Payment would be approximately $22,000 per semester.
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