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Moving with 11 yr old son....bring a bike?

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mslajml
4/24/2018 11:16 EST

I have been offered a position in Nassau and am deliberating the move.

I have some questions and conerns around my 11 year old son.

1. Should we bother bringing his bike? Its currently his favourite mode of transporation in our small easy to navigate and safe roads town. I havve heard that riding is not recommended. any advice welcome!

2. Public schools? The IB international private schools look amazing, but my salary isn't near enough to make these options possible. any advice regarding cheaper private options or even public schools? We are not Christian, so theological heavy schools would not work for us and seem the norm.

3. I have read that Sandyposrt is a great place for kids...lots of kids around etc. That would be ideal for my son of course. Are there any other neighborhoods/communities recommended specifically for a middle grades/middle schools aged very independent boy? Coral Harbor?

4. I would greatly value communicating directly with anyone with a similarly aged son. Anyone?

Thanks very much in advance!
Marni

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MrsQ
4/24/2018 11:46 EST

Hello. I don't have kids but my husband and I have been living in Sandyport for four months. Sandyport is a very nice place to live - quiet, clean, and safe. Although there is a lot less traffic here on the west side of the island than downtown and and out east, I wouldn't recommend that your son ride his bike in the streets. He can ride it in Sandyport without a problem, however. As a side note, we are not Christian either. Just be prepared that this is a VERY Christian country. If you go to a store on Sunday (assuming it's one that's open), you will hear gospel music and sermons. A lot of the events on the island are organized by Christian churches and religion plays a big role in people's lives here. I have even heard that prospective employers will ask about your religion in job interviews. I am not sure if it is common for Jews or Muslims to face discrimination here. We are atheists, so we tend to keep that to ourselves moreso here than we did in the U.S.
More likely than not, everyone will just assume you are Christian anyway. LOL.

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breija
4/24/2018 12:10 EST

Hi Marni,

First, schools:
Tambearly
Meridian
Windsor Prep

The Public (aka Governnment) schools would not likely be your choice!

Next - Sandyport is a great community, especially for families with kids, many of whom get around on scooters and bikes. Treasure Cove, WAYYY out east (lol) is also safe with kids, and close to St. Andrew's, but I am guessing St. Andrew's is not within your budget.

I cannot speak re: Coral Harbour, but it is not a gated community, so likely less amenable to an inependent child.

Feel free to PM me with more specific questions. Also, where you will be working is relevant to where you may choose to live and which school you may choose.

Breija

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breija
4/24/2018 12:13 EST

Hi again Marni,


Here is a brand new link that someone else just posted about schools here!

https://bahamas.evfinehomes.com/en/blog/the-best-schools-in-the-bahamas.html


Breija

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