Jamaica Expat Forum - Homeschooling in Jamaica?

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sjhk
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From: United States
5/8/2005 00:36    
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Hello and I am glad I found this site. We are considering moving to Jamaica in the next 2 years or so and I have been desperately trying to find some people who have done this so I can ask questions.
Do you happen to know (or know where to find out) what the laws are pertaining to homeschooling in Jamaica? We live in Colorado now and homeschool our three kids (ages 7 and twin 3 year olds) and would very much like to continue to homeschool if and when we move there.

ChineySmiley
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5/7/2006 10:25    
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There are schools that are similiar. Are you familiar with the ACE education program? There are some schools that offer that program in Jamaica so you could speak to someone with ACE and get some advice.

My children will be going to such a school it is the same education that one would get in the US however it also offers Christian teaching and such.

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4/5/2007 10:36    
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Hello sjhk,

I am a Jamaican who lived in North America for a few years. I moved back here about a year ago and we decided to home school my 4 year old. So far we have not had any problems with the local authorities.

The answer to your concerns would depend on how long you will be living in Jamaica. Our formal educational system is a lot different from the one in the U.S. for instance the kids here are required to sit an exam at around age 11 or 12 and depending on the scores r placed in the Public High School, ranging form the lowest to highest standard. On the other hand there are a few private schools which are not governed by these rules.


Hope i could help,

Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions and i wiil do my best to help.

Gayle

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6/27/2007 05:01    
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I am investigating the legality of homeschooling for Jamaican residents. I am a former homeschooler--kids all grown-and have friends who are citizens fo Jamaica and wish to start a residence for Jamaican orphans/waifs and homeschool them. They are looking at starting with preschoolers. Can you provide any contact information in Jamaica as to how to comply with Jamaican education law? I have reviewed the Ministry of Education website and found no information. Thanks

LitLove
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10/18/2007 18:37    
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We are a homeschooling family (in Florida) and will be moving to JA in the near future. I am interested in any information about homeschooling in JA that anyone has.

Thanks.

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11/1/2007 13:04    
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We are from Florida and live in Jamaica now. Homeschooling is so much fun here and the kids love it. There are so many great lessons to teach a child here and hiring tutors is pretty cheap as well. You can find music teachjers and lots of others to work her for a lot less than back in the states.

Please visit my blog at http://www.jamaicamax.com to keep track of our adventures in Jamaica

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10/19/2009 13:37    
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I am not sure whether or not my reply to your post may be way late at this time but if you would like more information on homeschooling in Jamaica you may contact me.

LitLove
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10/26/2009 15:46    
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Are you hsing in JA currently?

nlindo
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11/9/2009 15:47    
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Yes I am currently homeschooling a high school student (8th grade) on the Abeka program. I also have been in the education arena for 8 years, teaching several subjects and as an administrator. I am looking to have other students join in the program.

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