For being such a small island, Cayman has a wide variety of excellent public and private schools from preschool all the way to university level.
On this page you will find detailed information on schooling in the Cayman Islands, plus articles on how to pick a preschool and homeschooling.
We also list all the schools in the Cayman Islands including preschools, primary schools, high schools and local universities. You will also find information on special needs schools in the Cayman Islands as well as boarding schools in the US, UK and Ireland.
Grand Cayman has nine Government primary schools and two Government high schools. Cayman Brac has one Government infant and primary school and one high school. There is one primary school in Little Cayman. There are currently 17 primary and high schools in Grand Cayman, although not all go up to the final years from 13-18, and almost all are completely over-subscribed. There is light at the end of the tunnel however as CleverFish, Footsteps and Island Primary should be expanding their facilities, and increasing number of places they can offer, by September 2023. It will not come before time!
Many parents do still send their children to boarding schools in the USA, Canada and England and this frees up places in the two private schools which do A Levels (St. Ignatius and Cayman Prep) for Government school students from Clifton Hunter High School, John Gray High School and Layman E. Scott Sr. High School, which is in Cayman Brac, to take up the places after their schools end at the age of 16. Those that do not go into a private school either in Cayman or abroad will go to the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre (CIFEC) for one year until they are 17 and compulsory schooling in Cayman ends.