Deep Creek Middle School


Deep Creek Middle School

Deep Creek Middle School (DCMS) is an independent school for Bahamian students in grades seven through nine located on the southern end of the island of Eleuthera.

Founded in 2001, with the goal of increasing access to alternative education methods, DCMS offers an experiential approach to the Bahamian curriculum. It is fully endorsed and recognized by the Bahamian Ministry of Education.

DCMS receives funding from Cape Eleuthera Foundation, a non-profit organization, whose mission is to provide place-based education, scientific research, and community leadership in order to create a more livable future on Eleuthera and throughout the world. DCMS works closely with The Island School and the Cape Eleuthera Institute to offer students and staff a unique experience that connects them more intimately with their environment and on-going efforts for sustainable development and environmental stewardship in South Eleuthera.

Dear Deep Creek Middle School Community,


DCMS continues to deliver a vibrant academic program in math, science, social studies, English, health, religious studies, and art, based on the Bahamian National Curriculum. Our experiential place-based approach towards education allows us to reach beyond the classroom walls into the outdoor beauty of Eleuthera. With a target enrollment of 45 students and as many as 11 different Eleutheran settlements represented in the student body, DCMS offers a unique and nurturing educational environment.

Several years ago, the concept of wellness was introduced into the curriculum and continues to be integral to the culture of DCMS.  Not only does wellness strengthen students’ social-emotional and physical health and well-being, it also strengthens their academic achievement.  Thus, wellness activities are woven throughout the school day. Additionally, a heavy emphasis on creating a nurturing community is in place. We believe strongly that DCMS is a community of teachers, parents, and students working together to promote each student’s academic, social, physical, and emotional development.  We have high expectations for all members of the DCMS community and encourage students to push beyond their comfort zone and grow. We know that together, we can flourish and create a vibrant community of learners on a journey to become the future leaders of The Bahamas. We are here to support and encourage that growth.

Throughout the year, several additional opportunities for growth, citizenship, and leadership are offered. Our Island School-Deep Creek Middle School Buddy Program is an example of those values in action. The goal of the program is to provide opportunities for lasting relationships that recognize and value differences and similarities. Mutual respect is fostered and a global perspective is nurtured through open lines of communication, compromise, and collaboration. During our time together, we cultivate meaningful relationships through intercultural dialogue around important topics, reciprocal learning opportunities, and fun team-building activities.

Each week at DCMS there is a dedicated time for community outreach. We believe strongly that learning to give back to one's community is an important component of leadership and citizen development. Outreach is delivered through our three clubs and each student is involved in a club. Outreach clubs are a time for students to learn about their responsibilities to the greater community on a local and global level, to be agents of change, and to practice becoming compassionate leaders.

Be sure to come by and visit the campus. Our student Caciques will give you a tour, discuss you the new initiatives for this year and answer your questions about DCMS.



Laura Macartney

Director, Deep Creek Lab Schools




Our Vision

Our vision is to educate the future leaders of The Bahamas by providing learning experiences, in and out of the classroom, that teach responsible citizenship, provide authentic opportunities for leadership and allow students to grow academically.

Our Mission

The mission of DCMS is to create a nurturing learning environment where students will not only learn the subject matter from The Bahamian national curriculum, but focus on developing key academic and personal skills. Our curriculum and programs are designed to support the acquisition of these skills:

  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills: Students will be able to gather and evaluate information to make decisions and innovate solutions.
  • Interpersonal and intrapersonal skills: Students will be able to understand and synthesize information in order to communicate ideas effectively.
  • Communication skills: Students will be able to recognize and value differences in order to compromise, collaborate and cooperate.

Expectations of Our Nurturing Community





A Unique Educational Opportunity

  • A small, nurturing community of approximately 45 students.

  • Mixed grade level advisories of one teacher to 7 students meets once a week.

  • Target class size of 15 students.

  • An innovative and rigorous curriculum focused on academic growth, responsible citizenship and leadership.

  • BJC preparation, character development and exploration integral to the program.

  • Experiential and place-based approach where students apply academics to real-world tasks and work beyond the classroom walls.

  • Partnerships with The Island School and Cape Eleuthera Institute.

  • SCUBA certification for Grade 9 students. Religious Studies for Grade 8 students. Study Skills for Grade 7 students.

  • Physical literacy, Junior Junkanoo, community service and other extracurricular activities.

  • Small group tutoring and homework support available.

  • Assistance with boarding school applications: many DCMS alumni have been accepted to boarding schools in the United States earning millions in scholarships for their secondary education.

  • Support with high school internships, college applications and scholarships.

  • International travel opportunities and summer camp scholarships.

Admission Timeline

Applications for 2019 - 2020 available Wednesday, January 16, 2019.

Schedule Parent-Principal Meeting: Contact office to arrange a meeting for April 8-12 or April 29-May 3.

Applications due: Monday, April 1, 2019

Mandatory Interested Parent Meeting: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Mandatory Admissions Day and Interviews: Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 noon

Acceptance Letters Available: Monday, May 13, 2019

Mandatory New Parents Meeting: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Enrollment Deadline ($100 Deposit): Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Financial Aid Applications Due: Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Admissions Procedure

You must submit an application package that includes: student essays, most recent student report card, and a teacher recommendation. If your application is incomplete, you cannot be considered. It is your responsibility to make sure that the report card and teacher or principal recommendation are delivered on time.

Students will be evaluated based on their application essay, parent-principal interview, teacher recommendation and performance during Admissions Day. A writing sample, reading assessment and math assessment will take place on the Admissions Day.  We are looking to build a cohesive and diverse class of students who are a good match for our school’s mission.

Parents must schedule and come in for a parent-principal interview. Please call the school to schedule a time. Your child's application cannot be considered without the parent interview.

All newly accepted students are required to attend a seven-day summer orientation program during the end of August. Please do not make any holiday arrangements during this time, as your child must participate in this orientation.

Tuition and Financial Aid

DCMS is committed to finding a way for all students to attend our school. All students receive scholarships from our generous donors and we ask families to support DCMS tuition according to their ability to pay.




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Dr. Laura Macartney

Dr. Laura Macartney is a passionate educator with 19 years of experience in primary and middle school settings. She is honored to begin her second year with Cape Eleuthera Island School as the Director of Deep Creek Laboratory Schools, which include Deep Creek Middle School, the Early Learning Center, and collaborative partnerships with educators of South Eleuthera. Originally from Michigan, Dr. Macartney holds a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Education from Hope College, a Master’s degree in Bilingual Education and the Art of Teaching from Aquinas College, and a Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership from Northcentral University. During her career, Dr. Macartney has served as a classroom teacher, literacy specialist, teacher leader, professional development and leadership specialist, and principal. She has worked in Michigan, Florida, Costa Rica, and Eleuthera. Her experiences have taken her to two large urban school districts, a small suburban district, a remote rural environment in the heart of the rainforest, and a family island in The Bahamas. She has taught all subjects to multiple grade levels and specializes in the development of literacy and language.

Dr. Macartney is committed to meeting the unique social-emotional and academic needs of all students through fostering a positive, nurturing, and globally-minded school culture and maintaining high expectations. She believes that education must center on engaging, relevant, and purposeful instructional activities that enable all students to reach their fullest potential. Dr. Macartney is proud to be a part of DCMS, a truly unique school where exceptional learning opportunities occur daily. She brings her two oldest children to DCMS with her, while her youngest child attends the Early Learning Center. The entire Macartney family loves exploring the beautiful island of Eleuthera and the surrounding water together.


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Mr. Scott Huff

Mr. Scott Huff is an energetic educator with more than 22 years of educational experience in the upper elementary and middle school levels. He has taught subjects such as mathematics, reading, Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Scott has had the honor of being a building Principal in several buildings in rural settings in Wisconsin. He is excited to bring his educational passion to DCMS as their principal.   

Mr. Scott Huff has three driving principles to the way he approaches his leadership position. First is to have high academic standards for students. Second, he believes in treating people like people in all situations. The final principle which he believes to be the most important but sometimes the hardest, do what is right for kids.  

Scott is extremely excited and humbled at the opportunity to continue and expand the work of DCMS with the help of the excellent staff and community.  



Ms. Kaitlin Lederer
Social Studies & Learning Support

Ms. Lederer, originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is excited to enter her second year at DCMS. She received her bachelor’s degree at West Chester University in secondary education for social studies and special education. Three and a half years ago, Ms. Lederer came to Eleuthera to complete her teaching practicum at Central Eleuthera High School. She is entering her fourth year as a teacher and is excited to continue to support students as they grow and learn about themselves and the world around them.

Ms. Lederer has traveled to four out of the seven continents, including living and studying in Norway where most of her family resides. When Ms. Lederer is not in the classroom, she loves to spend her time in or near the ocean, reading, or eating popcorn.


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Ms. Nell Herrmann
G7, G8, G9 Science, G9 Health Science

Nell Herrmann moved to Eleuthera from Blue Hill, a small town on the coast of Maine. People in Blue Hill have close ties to the ocean, as the economy there is based largely on the American lobster fishery. Teaching middle school science in a community near the ocean is Ms. Herrmann’s dream job; she is thrilled to be celebrating her twentieth year in the classroom with the awesome students at DCMS. Ms. Herrmann earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994. In 1995, she earned a Master’s degree in Conservation Biology from the University of Pennsylvania and in 1997 she completed a second Master’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Penn State University. She started her career as a scientist, but quickly learned that her true love is teaching. Ms. Herrmann has participated in scientific research in Venezuela, Costa Rica, Belize, Greenland and Antarctica and is enthusiastic about sharing her appreciation of the natural world with children. During her free time, Ms. Herrmann enjoys camping, sailing, swimming and snorkeling. She is awestruck by the beauty of the marine ecosystems in The Bahamas and feels incredibly fortunate to be a teacher at DCMS.



Mrs. Jennie Butler
G7 & G8 Health, G8 Religious Knowledge, G7 Skills, G9 SCUBA & Camp Coordinator

Jennie Butler, originally from Fort Worth, Texas, is starting her fourth year at DCMS and her fourteenth year of teaching. She is thrilled to be starting another year with the DCMS team. Mrs. Butler received her Bachelor of Science in education from LeTourneau University. Mrs. Butler shares God’s love and joy with all her students as she encourages their growth personally and academically. Having a passion for students to become life-long learners and problem solvers gives Mrs. Butler a strong dedication to every student in her classroom. During her down time, she is reading, crocheting, snorkeling, or singing!



Mrs. Elizabeth (Liz) Ramnarine
Grades 8 & 9 Language

Liz Ramnarine moved to The Bahamas from Guyana in 2002 to join her then husband, who was teaching at Windermere High School at the time. The following year, she secured a job with the government and began teaching at Preston Albury High School, where she remained until June of 2019. 

Liz holds a Trained Teacher’s Certificate from The Cyril Potter’s College of Education in Guyana and a Bachelor’s of Arts in English from The University Of Guyana. She has been teaching for the past 25 years, the first 8 of those being in Guyana and the remainder being here in The Bahamas, on the island of Eleuthera. She has taught grades 7- 12 Language and Literature and Grades 8 Reading. She has enjoyed working with students preparing them for the Scripps National SpellingBee Competition. 

She enjoys exploring nature, watching and capturing sunsets (thus her nickname, Sunset Hunter), writing short stories and poetry, embroidery and cooking. 

Liz is excited to be a part of the DCMS family, since it gives her an opportunity to experience teaching in a system/environment where the focus of learning is not only academic based.



Mr. G. Wynter
G7, G8 & G9 Mathematics Teacher

To inform, inspire, and ignite are Mr. Gary Wynter's goals as he explores the realm of mathematics with middle school students at DCMS. Gary graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in general education from the Jamaica Theological Seminary in Jamaica. He initially worked as a mathematics and vocational instructor.  After obtaining his principal certificate from the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, Gary excelled in various middle management positions at Pembroke Hall High School where he taught for over 18 years in various disciplines.

His educational philosophy is that he believes all students are capable of learning. All students do not learn at the same rate, but with different methods and strategies, it is possible for all students to excel. 


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Ms. Rashida Sweeting
Administrative Assistant

Rashida Sweeting is a native of Water Ford, Eleuthera. She attended Wemyss Bight Primary and Preston H. Albury High School. Before DCMS, Ms. Sweeting worked as a special education teacher with Exceptional Education Outreach and as a tour guide at Princess Cays. She has a passion for children and Bahamian culture, and is so excited to be working at DCMS.



Ms. Emily Mullins

Teaching Fellow, Grade 7 English

Emily Mullins is a recent graduate from Texas State University. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Curriculum and Instruction. She joins us at DCMS having just completed an Internship here in the Spring. She is excited to be starting her teaching journey at such a unique and innovative school. Emily has always loved working with kids. For the past 7 summers she has worked at a summer camp in Texas. Working there made her realize her true passion in life, which is helping kids grow and succeed. Emily grew up visiting Eleuthera with her family and is thrilled to finally call this place she loves so much, home.



Ms. Tricia Link

Physical Education, Visual Arts & After School Sports Instructor

Ms. Tricia Link is looking forward to a fun first year at DCMS as the physical education and visual arts teacher. Ms. Link is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2018. 

Ms. Link holds passion for physical activity of all kinds, and has spent her life staying active through various sports and hobbies, enjoying everything from softball to swimming to skiing. Always game to try something new, she is always looking for different ways to stay physically active. She believes in the ever growing importance of getting students involved and excited about physical education and increasing their physical literacy. 

While she holds so much passion for physical education, she is also so excited to dive into visual arts. Ms. Link loves to exercise the creative parts of her brain whenever possible and is excited to challenge her students to do the same throughout the school year.

When Ms. Link isn’t running a P.E. or art class, she loves to spend time relaxing on the beach, practicing yoga, and cooking.


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Ms. Phoebe Hannah

Learning Support Teacher, Deep Creek Laboratory Schools

Ms. Hannah, originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is entering her third year teaching at Deep Creek Middle School. After completing her teaching practice at Central Eleuthera High School in Palmetto Point three years ago, Ms. Hannah knew she would be drawn back to Eleuthera’s friendly community, caring citizens, and luring ocean. With a Bachelors of Science in Middle Grades and a second Bachelors of Science in Special Education from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Ms. Hannah intends to focus on giving extra support to various types of learners throughout her time with the Deep Creek Laboratory Schools . With a goal of being able to reach every student, Ms. Hannah has a passion for helping students discover their potential and make steps to getting there.

When she is not teaching, you can find Ms. Hannah exploring Eleuthera, taking photographs, playing with her potcake, Cappy, and collecting driftwood and sea glass from her favorite beaches.



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