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    Can someone inform if it is a wise idea to bring my family with me? I have been away from them for a long time due to military commitments. I have a 9yr old and 16 yrs. Also are there schools that they can attend. Can my wife work while she is there. Thanks for your help.

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    I think your best bet is to contact FOTL on this forum. I believe his kids are attending a school there. Also, if you go on MUA's website, there's a link for this info under the Student Life section.

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    I left the island, but I know people still on Nevis with kids that go to school. If you are coming with a family, consider home schooling. Your state should have information on their website as far as how to do it and what material to teach. I say this because for the families to come down, it is hard for spouses (both male and female) to find work here so they may want to consider teaching the kids from the house you rent. There are both public and private schools on the island, but I know people that took kids out of the private school as they were very unhappy. On the flipside, there are plenty of people that are happy with the education their children get in the public schools. I did know a student 2 semesters ago that had kids in both middle school and high school who did not pull them out of school to bring them to the island. If you consider the friends they made, the academics of the school they are in, and the activities outside of school in which they are involved, to me it seems like they would be better off staying at home. I had a young child (1 YO when we came) so I knew she would not be starting school on the island which is why I had no problem coming down. If she was to start school while I was on the island, I would have her home schooled. Just my opinion,

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    DrDiego,Especially if you were recently deployed, I'd say the biggest picture is that the loss of continuity in your relationship over the 20 months you'll be here would be far more negative and damaging than any "under schooling" they'll experience here. The private school is ok, but not great. If you're children are advanced or much above average, it will not be enough for you. But think of it as roughly 2 academic years. I've NEVER hear anything good abotu the public schools. I think some people comment positively on them, but that is because they are trying to feel ok about it. There is nothing good about it. They are all at least 3-4 academic years behind the most average american schools, and they speak a dialect that will sound like french/spanish to your children, and your children will experience significant racism. Sorry, it's a given. No getting around it or making it sunshiney.On the bright side, it's an amazing experience to be here with your family. Because any time you're nto studying, you're with them. There's not much but nature type stuff to do here, wihch is AWESOME. It's an awesome experience to be here as a family, very bonding. The 16 year old, that's a whole other world though, as I'm sure you know.If it were me, I wouldbn't consider not bringing my family. The school downfall is minimal to moderate, and can easily be overcome by bring some additional enrichment materials from your local home school book store.Please pm me, I'd be happy to talk on the phone. That'd be the best. Your wife could speak with my wife as well.Blessings

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