elcome to Good Hope Country Day School — a student-centered, college-preparatory, independent school serving 3-year-olds to 12th graders on the beautiful island of St. Croix.

If you are new to the school and/or the island, you are not alone! My wife Sally, our children, and I are just now joining the Good Hope Country Day community for the 2019-20 school year, after journeying from Vermont to St. Croix in July. Our sons Thomas and James will be attending GHCDS this year in the 7th and 10th grades, respectively, while our oldest son William heads off to college in Ohio.

Our family has found Good Hope Country Day School to be an amazingly inclusive community, one that lives the values of connection, compassion, and respect for all, every day. It is a school driven to provide the best possible education for each of the children we serve, a school that provides a panoply of educational, artistic, athletic, and social opportunities at every grade level, and a school that positions its students to succeed in colleges and universities on island, across the U.S., and all over the world.

Education is so much more than a “piling on of learning, information, data, facts, skills, abilities,” as Thomas Moore put it.  It’s an art, he said. It’s a lifelong commitment to the betterment of ourselves and the world around us. It’s a partnership among fellow human beings, one in which we connect deeply and authentically with the people and peoples with whom we come into contact.

At GHCDS, parents, teachers, and students form a close-knit community committed to connecting deeply and authentically with one another, a community determined to deliver our school’s core values of “scholarship, citizenship, integrity, respect,” a community dedicated to preparing students “to excel in college” and “better their island and the world,” as our mission proudly states.

We are a community of big hopes and big dreams.  We welcome you to see our community in action.  Call us at 340-778-1974 to schedule a visit.

Yours sincerely,


William Bugg, Head of School, Good Hope Country Day School, wbugg@ghcds.org