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The Virgin Islands Department of Education’s Office of Public Relations and Communications exists to heighten the public’s awareness of the Department’s mission to ensure that all students are prepared for college or the career of their choice upon graduation from high school.

In support of the mission, the Public Relations Office provides publicity for events, activities and the many successes of the Department’s schools, students, teachers, employees and leadership through internal and external communication.

The Office of Public Relations and Communication, through an integrated marketing communications approach services the marketing, branding, public, and media relations, advertising and graphic design needs of the Department, districts, and schools.

The Public Relations Office reports directly to the Commissioner of Education.


Press Release 0404-24 St. Croix District Division of Student Services Announces Open Enrollment for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Students for 2024-2025 School Year

The St. Croix District Division of Student Services announces the opening of the enrollment period for students who will be entering Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten during the 2024-2025 school year.

Pre-Kindergarten – the student must be four (4) years old by December 31st of the registering school year.

Kindergarten – the student must be five (5) years old by December 31st of the registering school year.

Registration hours are Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Division of Student Services Office at the Theordora Dunbavin Alternative Education Campus, located at   4053 La Grande Princess, Christiansted, VI 00820 (across from the Honda dealership).

Documents required for registration must be originals and include:
·         Original Birth Certificate
·         Original Social Security Card
·         Virgin Islands Department of Health Immunization Card and School Registration Clearance form, or current Certified Exemption Letter from Charles Harwood Immunization Clinic.
·         Government Issued Photo ID (ex: driver’s license, passport, etc.) of the parent or guardian who is registering the student.
·         Proof of Guardianship (If child is not living with one or both biological parents).
·         Proof of Residency (Physical Address):
o   Homeowners:

  •   Signed closing statement or deed or property tax receipt &
  •   Current WAPA or Utility bill

o   Renters:

  •   Lease Agreement signed by the Landlord and Tenant &
  •   Current WAPA or Utility bill (WAPA bill is still required when the lease includes utilities).

Download press release here:  pdf PRESS RELEASE 0404 24 St Croix District Student Services PreK & Kindergarten Registration (187 KB)

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St. Croix District Announces Availability of Temporary Summer Employment for 2024 Summer Feeding Program

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is committed to ensuring that children in the Virgin Islands continue to receive nutritious meals even when school is not in session. This program, sponsored by the USDA and operating during the summer vacation break, aims to provide free meals that adhere to Federal guidelines.

The St. Croix District School Food Authority (SFA) is inviting interested individuals to apply for temporary positions within the 2024 Summer Food Service Program. Application forms are available for pickup at the Department of Education’s main office, located at 2133 Hospital Street, Christiansted, VI 00822.

Applicants are required to submit all original documents along with a copy of a valid form of identification and a social security card to the VIDE’s main office in Christiansted. Please note that no email applications will be accepted. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 30, 2024.

For further information or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the School Food Authority at (340) 773-1095 ext. 7073.



Download press release here:  pdf PRESS RELEASE 0405 24 Availability of Temporary Summer Employment for 2024 Summer Feeding Program (148 KB)

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St. Croix Public School District Prepares for Smarter Balanced and Next Generation Science Assessments and Announces Grade Level Protocols

The St. Croix Public School District is preparing for the annual Smarter Balanced and Next Generation Science Assessments, scheduled to take place from April 8th to 12th, 2024. These assessments play a crucial role in evaluating student proficiency in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science, while providing invaluable insights into student achievement and readiness for college and careers.

Students in grades 3 - 8, 10, and 11 across the district will participate in the assessments, which measure their knowledge and abilities based on grade-level content standards. Administered in a paper-pencil format, the assessments aim to ensure that students are equipped with the necessary skills to excel in the real world.

To facilitate the testing process, the St. Croix Public School District has implemented specific protocols for different grade levels. High schools will adopt a hybrid schedule, with 9th and 12th graders working remotely from home, while 10th and 11th graders will have an early dismissal at 12:25 pm to complete testing on-site.

Meanwhile, all PreK-6 Schools, PreK-8 Schools, and the John H. Woodson Jr. High School will operate according to normal hours during the testing period, with comprehensive testing protocols in place to ensure a smooth and efficient process.

Superintendent Ericilda Herman emphasizes the significance of these assessments, stating, "Our students consistently demonstrate remarkable proficiency and advanced capabilities on these assessments, showcasing their dedication to academic excellence. We are proud to recognize students who have exhibited exceptional growth, with several achieving between 195 and 200 growth points in English Language Arts and Mathematics on the 2023 Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment."

Here are the names of the top 16 students currently in grades 4th – 8th, and 11th grade who achieved exceptional growth:

  • Le’Shawn Auguste, Eulalie Rivera School (ELA)
  • Golda Thomas, Juanita Gardine (Math)
  • Syann Tyson, Ricardo Richards (ELA)
  • Joel Guitia, Pearl B. Larsen (ELA)
  • Ronald Hunte, Pearl B. Larsen (Math)
  • Arriyah Ward, Ricardo Richards (ELA)
  • Jahneyah Martinez, Alfredo Andrews (Math)
  • Kinberly Jiminez, Alfredo Andrews (ELA)
  • Javieliz Melendez, Alfredo Andrews (ELA)
  • Caileigh Bannis, Ricardo Richards (ELA)
  • Nykeem Eddy, Eulalie Rivera (Math)
  • Sedrick Flavius, Eulalie Rivera (Math)
  • Omiyah Constant, Eulalie Rivera School (ELA)
  • Darnelle Phillip, Juanita Gardine (ELA)
  • Kayden Theodore, John H. Woodson (Math)
  • Sheldon Williams, St. Croix Central High School (ELA)


Parents are urged to play a pivotal role in supporting their children during this testing period. Superintendent Herman encourages parents to ensure that students are well-rested, nourished, and fully prepared to approach the assessments with dedication and focus. Their unwavering support is crucial in enabling students to showcase their competencies across all tested areas.

Commissioner Wells-Hedrington echoes Superintendent Herman's sentiments, emphasizing the importance of community support in empowering today’s learners to become tomorrow's leaders. With collective effort and dedication, VIDE remains committed to fostering a culture of excellence and ensuring every student reaches their full potential.


Download press release here:  pdf PRESS RELEASE 0402 24STX District Smarter Balance Testing (158 KB)


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St. Thomas

1834 Kongens Gade, St. Thomas, VI 00802
Phone: 340-774-0100

Curriculum Center:
Mon – Fri:  8AM – 5PM


St. Croix

2133 Hospital Street, Christiansted, St. Croix, VI 00820
Phone: 340-773-1095

Curriculum Center:
Mon – Fri:  8AM – 5PM

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