A New Start

Is St. Maarten Safe? Is it Family Friendly? Should I Visit? Can My Children Attend a Good School?

STATE OF THE ISLAND

It is obvious that St. Maarten is a touristic destination and witnessing the progress both sides of the island have made, French and dutch governments have said that hotels will be making soft opening as soon as April 2018 and that the 2018-2019 season will be expected to be a normal one.

Grocery stores and gas stations are fully provisioned. Hospitals have not closed at any moment during or after the storm. No zika or mosquito based outbreaks have been reported to this date. Power will be reinstated on the entire island by January 2018 (it is at roughly 95% in December). Roads are clean and we have begun to see all beaches come back.

Affected hotels have started the rebuilding process and rental car agencies have more and more vehicles available. Both airports are welcoming flights from the United States, Canada, Europe and from all over the Caribbean.

Philipsburg to the right, the salt pond in the middle and St. Bartthelemy in the background.
THE TOP THINGS TO DO IN ST. MAARTEN HAVE COME BACK TOO

Whether it’s a walk on the famous Boardwalk, shopping on Front Street, day cruises, zip lining at Loterie Farm or Rainforest Adventure, or enjoying some of the best beaches, you’ll be surprised to know that St. Maarten’s hot spots are back and better than ever.

The St. Maarten flag flying high and proud atop Sentry Hill.

ST. MAARTEN & CIA ARE BACK!

Our island of St. Maarten has gone through some incredible hardships in the past few months due to Hurricane Irma but Caribbean International Academy managed to open its doors on September 25th, a mere 3 weeks after this major disaster. Staff and students alike, rallied together and made sure these fall semester credits would count and that our graduating class of 2018 would march down those steps with a diploma in their hands.

A REBUILDING COMMUNITY

St. Maarten, as an island and a community, has never been so united and strong. The rebuilding process can been seen everywhere you go, from roofs and windows to businesses and parks.

St. Maarten’s beaches are coming back and the ocean is as blue as it ever was. During the first few days of the aftermath, most world news organizations were quick to assess the damage and relay alarming information about the status of our beloved island. They used words like “completely destroyed” “gone” and “devastated” which were sensational attention grabbing words that stunned the rest of the world.

THE BOUNCE BACK

More than 3 months after Irma, our island has bounced back. Our airport is open and accepting international flights like before, our harbor has been catering to cruise ships since the beginning of December and locals and expats are hard at work on rebuilding their lives the way only St. Maarteners can: with a smile!

CIA, AN ONTARIO CURRICULUM THAT IS STILL THE PERFECT CHOICE

Caribbean International Academy still believes it is the perfect choice for your children and their future.

CIA students are able to attend a private Canadian school licensed by the Ministry of Education of Ontario. Over 90% of our graduates go on to study in the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, France, The UK, Spain and Germany. The CIA High School Ontario Diploma is recognized worldwide and is an incredible stepping stone for future endeavors. Gapping the bridge between Grade 11 and access to top of the line universities, CIA offers a Grade 12 adapted to prepare students for higher education.

Caribbean International Academy is a private yet affordable K to grade 12 day and boarding school offering a stimulating curriculum and a supportive environment to ensure our students experience success every day. We focus on scholastic development, personal growth, and ethical enrichment.

The result: students who are independent and confident, inquisitive and enthusiastic, responsible and compassionate.

A time marked by creative, social, and emotional development, and characterized by a lifelong love of learning and the joys of new, diverse friendships.

Caribbean International Academy was founded in 2003 to provide students with excellent academic programs and a nurturing environment with close student-teacher relationships. CIA prepares students both personally and academically in a family like environment.

A BOARDING FACILITY FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

At the Caribbean International Academy, we are pleased to announce the creation of a boutique residence which offers our students a home in the Caribbean.  Living in the school residence offers students a unique opportunity to grow and fully experience all the school has to offer and to form a core group of leaders within the school. We serve students who seek a challenging general education in the Ontario System balanced by a rich co-curricular experience in a caring environment.

CIA students will be able to taste Caribbean life while attending a private Canadian school licensed by the Ministry of Education of Ontario.

HIGHLY QUALIFIED CANADIAN TEACHING STAFF

Caribbean International Academy only employs Canadian certified teachers, at the high school level for mathematics, sciences, history, english, second languages, social studies, business and drama, with the majority holding master’s degrees.

Simpson Bay, St. Maarten on November 20th, 2017.
Juliana Airport SXM & Simpson Bay Beach - November 20th 2017
Our Boarding Residence open to 14 female and male students.
Certified Canadian Teachers Able to Give the One on One Attention Students Require.

A UNIQUE SCHOOL OFFERING A WORLD CLASS EDUCATION

Listed below, are a list of useful links to learn more about CIA, it’s staff, it’s vision and the easy way you can enroll your child online.