Schools & Education System in St. Maarten




Are you moving to St. Maarten and want to know what education in St. Maarten is like for children and teens? Keep reading to learn about our island’s education system!

Wondering About Schools and the Education System in St. Maarten?

If you’ve decided to move to St. Maarten with your family, you may be wondering about schools in St. Maarten. It is very important to understand the education system in St. Maarten and which schools would best suit the needs of your child or children. Keep reading to learn about the primary, secondary and post-secondary schools in St. Maarten.

Is school mandatory in St. Maarten?

Education on the Dutch Side of St. Maarten is compulsory between ages of 4 and 18.

Are there public schools in St. Maarten?

On the island of St. Maarten, there are 16 public primary schools. Some examples of public schools include Methodist Agogic Center (M.A.C) and Sint Dominic Primary School. These schools enable your child/children to reach their full academic potential as well as meet their social and spiritual needs. You will be required to pay approximately NAF 400 per year per child for them to attend a public school in St. Maarten.

Are there private schools in St. Maarten?

On the island of St. Maarten, there are two private primary schools – Caribbean International Academy (CIA) and Learning Unlimited Preparatory School (LU). These schools teach children from kindergarten age to Grade 12 and stress learning decision-making, time management, creative and critical thinking skills. You will be required to pay approximately USD $1000 per month per year per child for them to attend a private school in St. Maarten.

Are there any special education schools in St. Maarten?

On the island of St. Maarten, there is one public elementary school that provides special education for students with a range of disabilities. The Prins Willem-Alexander School is dedicated to educating students living with learning disabilities, neurological disorders, ADHD, Down syndrome, autism or any other disabilities that would impact education in other primary and secondary schools on the island.

Are there high schools in St. Maarten?

There are nine high schools in St. Maarten including one Dutch secondary school and two faith-based secondary schools that promote Christian ideals and values.

Is there a performing arts school in St. Maarten?

St. Maarten has one performing arts school called The Charlotte Brookson Academy of the Performance Arts, offering both academic and artistic education. Talent showcases are common for these students and they often have opportunities to travel abroad. You will be required to pay approximately NAF 900 per year per child for them to attend St. Maarten’s performing arts school.

Are there any vocational or technical schools in St. Maarten?

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 you pay to attend St. Maarten’s vocational school depends on the course taken.

Are there any universities in St. Maarten?

There are two universities in St. Maarten. The University of Sint Maarten is committed to offering quality academic education that will provide students with a solid foundation to start their career. The American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine St. Maarten’s only medical school and tuition is approximately USD $22,000 per semester.

Before moving your family to St. Maarten, make sure you understand your child’s educational and social needs so that you can select an appropriate school. For more details about the schools in St. Maarten, please visit this page for contact details and directions. Alternatively, you can contact us at BrightPath Caribbean for any education questions you have about St. Maarten. You can reach us at +1 (721) 554-8900 or you can WhatsApp us at +1 (721) 526-2771. You can also email us at The team at BrightPath Caribbean can help make your move easier by providing you with all the information you need to register a child in school in St. Maarten. Contact us today!



Our articles are not intended as (legal) advice and do not take your personal circumstances into consideration. BrightPath does not accept any liability for damages resulting from using the provided information. We highly recommend you to seek personalized advice from us or before you act or fail to act because of the content of our articles. BrightPath is a privately-owned consulting firm that assists clients with filing applications for residence permits and/or business licenses at the relevant government departments. None of our directors, employees or agents hold or have held any position with the government of Sint Maarten and our service does not provide for any preferential treatment with regards to any application. All information provided and statements made only serve to provide you with a general understanding of immigration, residence and business incorporation procedures on Sint Maarten.

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