Bermuda Private Schools
Many of the private schools in Bermuda have been long established. Some of them are more than even 100 years old. In fact Warwick Academy, a popular private school in Bermuda is one of the oldest in the western world. Many private schools in Bermuda follow the UK based education system, while others follow the North American System. Some are hybrid, i.e. mix of both the types.
Warwick Academy, Saltus Grammer and Bermuda High Schools all follow the UK education structure, but are also influenced by the international education trends.
Private schools do not receive any government funding. They run on student fees and donations. So unlike the public schools that follow standard course structure, the private schools may choose to tailor and fine tune their course curriculum to suit the needs of the children.
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Fees in Bermuda Private Schools are substantial and can be any where from $11,000 onwards to over $22,000 annually. For example, in the academic year 2016/2017, the school fees for Warwick Academy was $18,990, annual tution fee for Bermuda Institute has been $10,660 and in 2017/2018 annual school fees for Saltus Grammar was $22,040.
While there are scholarships and other teaching aids available (only to Bermudian students though and not for international students), the fee structure in the private schools remain expensive. Despite high fees, many families in Bermuda prefer the Private Schools over the Public schools.
This is mainly due to two reasons - first, the education standard or quality at the private schools are generally superior, second the students of the private schools are more geared to qualify for boarding schools or universities in US, UK or Canada.
Many families in Bermuda transfer their children to overseas schools or universities for further education. Students leave for abroad from various grades. Due to increasing preference, the demands for admission in Bermuda's private schools are quite high.
The schools are governed by legislation to limit the number of admission every year. So if you are planning to admit your child in a private school in Bermuda, you will be better off to apply well in advance.
The private schools also require strong commitments from the parents to be closely associated with the activities around the schools. There are many school activities that the children need to participate for their over all development. This includes musical programs, sports, dance and others.
There are car pools available for reaching children to the schools. Many parents in Bermuda drive their children to the schools, often on their way to the office.
Here are the well known private schools of Bermuda:
BHS is an independent, International Baccalaureate and Round Square School located in Pembroke Parish close to Hamilton. BHS is all-girls from the Early Years Program until Year-11, and is co-educational in Year-12 & Year-13 for the IB Diploma Program.
This is a co-education school run under the guidance of North American division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It follows the north American education system of Kindergarten then going up to Grade 12.
The school runs on the principles of Catholic education which forms the base of the school’s philosophy. It follows the North American schooling system. Classes range from Kindergarten up to Grade 12.
This is one of the top academic institutions in Bermuda. This co-educational school is located in Hamilton. Visit the above link for full details and contacts.
It was initially founded as a Montessori school for ages 3-12 years in 1991. IB Middle Years Program was setup in 2001. There are over 450 students and 50 faculty.
This is a well known co-educational private school located at Warwick parish in Bermuda and having over 750 students.
Bermuda Centre for Creative Learning
This is a school for children with learning disabilities such as Dyslexia, Auditory Processing Disorder, ADHD, and other language-based disorders. Students starting from an age of 7 can learn as per their ability and meet the academic goals. Teacher to student ratio is 1:5.
100 Reid Street - 3rd Floor, Hamilton, HM12
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