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Previously, citizens were required to finish secondary education in either Aruba or Curaçao. Prior to 1976, there were two secondary schools in Sint Maarten: the government-run John Phillips School and the Catholic-run Pastoor Nieuwen Huis School, both of which were closed. Philips was an MAVO/ETAO school, while Huis was only an MAVO institution. As a result of the merging of Phillips and Huis schools, the foundation Stichting Voortgezet Onderwijs van de Bovenwindse Eilanden (SVOBE) was formed on February 20, 1974, to serve as a neutral governing body for the new school that resulted from the merger. The combined institution, known as MPC, first opened its doors on August 17, 1976.
Located on the island of St. Maarten, the Caribbean International Academy was established in 2003 as a preparatory private boarding and day school for students in grades 1 through 12. Children from Kindergarten through Grade 12 are served by CIA, which is also the only school in Canada that offers the Canadian/Ontario High School Diploma (OSSD). Ninety percent of CIA alumni go on to study at institutions in Europe, Canada, and the United States after graduation. In 1991, Learning Unlimited Preparatory School (LUPS) opened its doors in St. Maarten, establishing a Caribbean presence for the American-accredited educational institution. The Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) have both granted accreditation to the institution (SACS)