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There are many schools in Buenos Aires and in the surrounding suburbs. Newcomers will have a wide range of options when it comes to their children's education. Nevertheless, expats usually choose to send their children to private or international schools in Buenos Aires. This is mainly because of the language barriers in public schools.
Public schools in Buenos Aires
Although free schooling is provided for all children attending public school, resources are stretched. The system of public education in Buenos Aires can be difficult for foreigners to come to terms with. By and large, the teaching style is outdated and cumbersome.
Expats can take advantage of free education in Buenos Aires. However, children attending local schools will have to learn to speak Spanish, as English-speaking teachers are rare.
Private schools in Buenos Aires
Many private schools in Buenos Aires provide an excellent bilingual curriculum and cater to expat students. However, expat parents should note that a bilingual curriculum could lead to a longer school day. Typically classes are done in Spanish in the mornings and English in the afternoons.
Most private schools are affiliated with the Catholic church and charge high fees. These schools do not provide extras like books and stationery, which would be an extra cost parents need to carry. It’s important to note that competition for a place at a private school can be high.
International schools in Buenos Aires
There are also a number of well-respected international schools in Buenos Aires that follow European or American curricula. Some of these also offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma.
Space can be limited at international schools in Buenos Aires and expat parents need to plan well ahead if wanting a place for their child at the school of their choice. Fees can also be prohibitively expensive. Those moving to the city as part of a corporate relocation should factor this into any contract negotiations before committing to the move.
►For more information on schooling in Buenos Aires see Education and Schools in Argentina.
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