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SAVSMA
3/27/2015 09:24 EST

Hi everyone im new to this & looking for some advise.
In Jan we will be relocating to the Bahamas.We are looking to rent a home prior to buying in a good expats area with a good international private school and good tennis facilities close by.
Can anyone make any reccomendations?

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breija
3/28/2015 16:39 EST

Sandyport! Most homes are on the canal, there are 4 community pools, 5 community tennis courts, and Tambearly School has a dedicated entrance from Sandyport. Everything is close, and there are lots of expats. If you like it in Sandyport, there are also lots of homes for sale.

Old Fort Bay is a more upscale neighbourhood with more single family dwellings with larger properties. Properties in Sandyport are not large. Old Fort, however, has only 1 community tennis court (I think!) and no community pool. There is the Club though, and if you belong to the club you have access to a lot of amenities. Living in Old Fort does not give you club membership. There is no school specifically in/adjacent to Old Fort, but there is the new Windsor Academy (in their 1st year) nearby. For the younger students, the Meridian School (further away) is affiliated with the Windsor Academy. Again, many homes in Old Fort are on the canal.

Lyford Cay is a much more exclusive community, also on a canal. Lyford Cay is within the gated community. Not sure how many tennis courts they have, and whether you need to be a club member to use them. You do need to be a club member to use the golf course. As for pools, I'm not sure, but many homes in Lyford have pools.

These are all west. Out east, there are Port New Providence and Palm Cay, both on canals with tennis and pools. There is Treasure Cove, where you get much more house and property for the money, but it is not on a canal, and they do not have tennis or community pool (at least, did not many years ago). These three communities are almost side by side and very close to St. Andrew's School.

St. Andrew's and Lyford are the international schools for the whole range of grades. Tambearly is a really great international school up to Grade 9.

There is a tennis club mid island near the stadium, and some public courses about midway along the east west highway.

Hope that helps!

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SAVSMA
3/30/2015 09:23 EST

Thank you so much!
Your advise has been most helpful and certainly provided us with lots of avenues to explore.

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MDB
4/11/2015 17:34 EST

St. Andrews is the school you want your child in. We raised our children there and the other international schools just don't cut it. We lived in TreasureCove for 10years and it is a great place. It is safe and clean. There is no tennis but courts are plentiful.

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plsuh
4/12/2015 12:59 EST

Just to be up front, I'm the Technology Director for the Lyford Cay International School, so my opinion may be a bit biased. :-)

That said, there are five schools that I think fit your criteria:

Lyford Cay International School
http://lcis.bs/
Tambearly School
http://www.tambearly.com
Queen's College
http://qchenceforth.com/index.php
St. Andrew's
http://www.standrewsbahamas.com
Windsor Prep
http://www.windsorprep.com

I can't speak for all of the other schools, but Lyford Cay International School covers grades Junior Pre-K through 12, using the International Baccalaureate curriculum in an academically rigorous program. We usually send at least one student every year to an Ivy League or equivalent level university. The school is located just inside the main gate of the Lyford Cay community at the western end of New Providence. We draw students from all across the island, including Lyford Cay, Old Fort Bay, Charlottesville, Sandyport, Cable Beach, Goodman's Bay, and lots of other communities. The school uses technology extensively, tightly integrated into the entire educational process even in the youngest grades. Starting with grade 6, all students have their own laptops in a 1-1 program that they use in class and for homework. As part of the curriculum we teach the kids appropriate and safe use of the computer, as well as how to utilize an important tool in today's world.

Hope this helps.


--Paul

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