FAQs about finding an independent school in the Caribbean
What Caribbean Countries require a passport?
Until 2009, most Caribbean countries did not require a passport, but new rules titled the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative require returning Americans and other nationalities to have a passport for reentry to the US.
Caribbean Destinations that do not require a passport: U.S. administered territories and commonwealths do not require its citizens to have a passport for reentry. Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix) fall into this category, and can show a government issued ID, such as a driverai??i??s license for reentry. All other nationalities do require a passport for entry; and some even a U.S. visa.
Caribbean Country definition: The U.S. recognizes a special category of countries that boarder the U.S. In addition to Canada and Mexico, these includes more than 35 islands in the Caribbean and are classified under the category ai???contiguous territories and adjacent islands.ai??? Documents required for reentry vary according to method of travel.
What is the International Baccalaureate (IB)? Order lady era side
Founded in 1968, the IB is a non-profit educational foundation offering 4 highly respected programs of international education that develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn, and work in a rapidly globalizing world. Schools must be authorized by the IB to offer any of the programs.
What are some benefits of being an IB school?
The International Baccalaureate (IB) offers significant benefits to schools. Schools that choose to become IB World schools gain access to:
ai??? High quality programs of education, which support development of knowledgeable and inquiring students
ai??? Professional development that supports effective educators and collaborative professional learning communities
ai??? A worldwide network of highly respected IB World Schools, working together to share best practice.
What is the culture of the school?Ai??
Ask the schoolai??i??s leadership to describe the current culture of the school? What does the school truly value? Ask teachers, parents, and students the same questions. In asking questions of various stakeholders, youai??i??re looking for alignment amongst the groups.
Does the institution encourage students to challenge themselves academically? Weighting grades for AP/IB and honors class is one way to achieve this objective. For a broader perspective, ask to see a schoolai??i??s accreditation research survey results (required every 7-10 years) or the results of any other stakeholder satisfaction research that they may conduct.
Is the school strongly committed to purposeful innovation?Ai??Tradition is important in most private schools, but implementing new teaching approaches is critical to providing the best possible education. Both are not only possible, but are highly desired in a strong educational environment. Work to understand how the school integrates technology into learning. If students have PCai??i??s, tablets, etc., drill down to see if the technology is simply ai???window dressingai??? or if students are utilizing the technology in class to manage their schedules and workloads, to do their homework, etc. Ask teachers how technology has changed their role in the classroom and impacted how they teach. Ask that question of parents and students, not school administration. Ask faculty how comfortable they are with technology, how they utilize it in their classes and what kind of professional development is available for faculty to keep them current in technology. If technology is utilized, is there an adequate tech support system in place? Also look more broadly at innovation, querying school leadership on how they are trying to innovate. Many top schools have programs in place to attempt to develop important soft skills like curiosity, teamwork, resilience and effort.
Is the school truly committed to diversity?
Exposure to diverse backgrounds and opinions is a critical success factor in the future of any student. What is the ethnic mix of the school? Youai??i??ll learn a lot by asking the students themselves. Where there is diversity of all types, there is learning for your students and preparation for life in our global society.