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Schools in Mauritius

Good day

We are thinking of moving to Mauritius not sure which area at this stage. My husband has been asked to relocate for work purposes and we do not have all the details as yet.

Firstly where do I start looking for a good school for my kids? Son(13 )starts high school next year he is currently in grade 7 and my daughter(10) is currently in grade 3. Any advice would be appreciated. How does the schooling system work in Mauritius? Which grade or level would my kids fit into?

What are the school fees compared to Cape Town?

Feeling really overwhelmed at this stage and not sure if my kids would adapt as they are at such an awkward stage?

Please help.

Thank you

We found a English international private school near flic en flac, looks really good. Could not find a public school yet, still looking

wynand&nadia :

We found a English international private school near flic en flac, looks really good. Could not find a public school yet, still looking

Hi,

If by public, you mean government school, then there are much more public schools on the island. Government schools follow totally different curriculum than their private counterparts, this right from pre-primary (elementary) up to secondary level.

Another issue is adaptation. Public schools are rife with competition and highly academic with very little emphasis on extra-curricular activities like sports, etc.
There are some of the stuff I think you would like to take into consideration before opting for either system.

Thank you Winston
Could you recommend a website about the public school system?
Regards
W

Thank you Winston. I would prefer an English international school.  What is the name of the school that you found near flic en flac?

How is the fee structure of the school?

Regards
Cindy

Hi Cindy
The school is called the West coast International, they have a website with all the info.
The fees are like every other private school.
So far from what we have read the public schools are not mainstream English.
I will copy you if i find anything on the public schools.

Regards W

Thanks Winston.

wynand&nadia :

Hi Cindy
The school is called the West coast International, they have a website with all the info.
The fees are like every other private school.
So far from what we have read the public schools are not mainstream English.
I will copy you if i find anything on the public schools.

Regards W

The public school uses English as teaching medium but obviously English is not spoken on a permanent basis as you would expect in a private school with majority expat population.

It is to be noted Mauritius is a multi-lingual island so this is reflected in the public schooling system.

Check also Clavis Primary School (IB program) and Le Bocage for Higher studies.
I know both schools - my kids are there. 

Their system allows quite some support to new expats pupils.

Hi Nadeem

Thank you for your reply.  If you don't mind me asking how old are your kids? How are they adapting to the schools?

Is there a transport system to and from schools?

I am particularly worried about my son as he is an introvert and struggles with making friends. I am not sure how he will adapt to the new school?

Would you mind if I send you a message with more questions?

Any feedback would be appreciated.

Kind regards Cindy

Hi Cindy

It depends very much on which area you will be based in. The two main areas for expats seem to be either the Grand Baie area in the north, or the Black River/Tamarin area in the south west. You would want a school within reasonable driving distance of where you will be based. Many of the schools also have transport via school bus.

If you are looking at international schools, they mostly follow the British curriculum. Some schools are only for primary; others are primary and secondary. If you're in the north, you can look at Northfields (primary and secondary). In the southwest, there is West Coast International, which is very big and new. It was only primary when we went to look at it, but they were in the process of building a high school, which may be open soon. WCI has a waiting list though, and they prioritise parents that buy into the share structure.

We are about to move to Mauritius on 6 Dec, and I'm also in Cape Town - send me an inbox message if you'd like to have a phone conversation, and I can tell you about the schools we looked at, some of the fee considerations etc.

All best
Lisa

Hi CL Gordon,

One primary school I would recommend you is Clavis Primary School in Moka and Le Bocage International School which is of the same group but secondary school. The medium teaching language is English. My kid has been going to both school and they even provide transport which is arranged in case you live in the west. xxx

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Hi Cindy

I moved here 3 months ago & my daughter is 15 it was extremely hard to find a school fit at that age the schools are very different & they wanted my daughter to repeat a year which was very confusing at she was in a top private school in SA so we opted for a SA based home schooling.



Kind regards
Patricia

Hi morning

Note sure if we spoke before, the forum thing is a bit new to us.
We are so glad you responded as we are looking for a service that can help.
I will take a look at your website and contact you for more info.

Thanks Gordon

Hi all

Thank you so much for all the information. 
It's really helpful.

Patricia I would love to chat more about why they wanted your daughter to repeat a year.

I don't know if I would be able to cope with home schooling???

Regards
Cindy

Hi Cindy

Sure no problem maybe we can do it on messenger?

I'm Patricia Prepok (Stevenson) on face book.

Wonderful thanks Patricia

Hi CL Gordon,

You would better opt for a private international school instead of a public school where there is fierce competition academically with no extra curricular activities. I suggest you go on website of Clavis School for primary sector and Le Bocage International School for High School (secondary sector).

Thanks
Feroza

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