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There are several international schools in Mexico's major cities catering to a variety of nationalities, with a wide range of curricula including American, British, Mexican and Japanese school systems. Due to the lower standards and language barriers in public schools, most expats in Mexico choose to send their children to one of the many excellent international schools.
Worldwide, international schools are known for offering exceptional standards and catering to a wider range of children's interests. Some top international schools in Mexico offer extracurricular such as swimming, rowing and wind surfing while children learn to use cutting-edge technologies and are equipped with the digital skills necessary to thrive in the modern world.
Expat parents must ensure the school of their choice is accredited by Mexico's Secretariat of Education. Most international schools in Mexico also offer bilingual education, allowing children to maintain their proficiency in their home language while immersing themselves in the local culture and language.
Parents are encouraged to find an international school close to their homes and workplaces to make the commute as easy as possible for them. Some international schools in Mexico may also offer scholar transport as part of the tuition fees or as an additional cost to make getting to and from school seamless for both students and parents.
Below is a list of some of the best international schools in Mexico.
International schools in Mexico
The American School Foundation
Established in 1888, the American School Foundation (ASF) is the oldest accredited American school abroad offering the IB, Mexican and American curricula. As a top international school in Mexico representing 67 nationalities across its 2,588 strong student population, ASF aims to provide an academically rigorous and inclusive school community. Students at the school have the opportunity to participate in more than 30 school-organised extracurricular activities or join one of the seven sports teams.
Curriculum: American (including Advanced Placement from K9 to 12), Mexican and International Baccalaureate (Diploma Programme)
Ages: 3 to 18
The Edron Academy
The Edron Academy is a premier international school in Mexico, offering an exceptional yet challenging academic experience for its students. The school's mission is to educate the whole child, with a strong emphasis on social-emotional learning. Students at The Edron Academy are fully bilingual, with most of the learning taking place in English.
Curriculum: British (English National Curriculum and Cambridge IGCSE), Mexican (Years 7 to 9) and International Baccalaureate (EFYS and Diploma Programme)
Ages: 2 to 18
A member of the Nord Anglia Education family of schools, Greengates School serves as a gateway for students to a truly international school community. Greengates School offers innovative and rigorous curricula while prioritising values such as empathy, respect and responsibility. True to the standard at Nord Anglia Education schools, Greengates School hires only the best and most qualified teachers to ensure children enjoy engaging learning experiences that go beyond the classroom.
Curriculum: British (English National Curriculum and Cambridge IGCSE), International Curriculum (IEYC and IPC) and International Baccalaureate (Diploma Programme)
Ages: 3 to 18
Instituto Bilingüe Victoria
Victoria School is home to students of more than 15 nationalities, while over 50 percent of their teachers are native English speakers. The school was officially opened in 1993 by a group of international school teachers who were keen to escape city life and build a family school that is student-centred. Since then, the school has grown into one of the biggest in Tequisquiapan and even has a special-education needs department.
Curriculum: Mexican, British (Cambridge IGCSE, Year 10/11) and A-Levels (final year)
Ages: 3 to 18
The Japanese School of Mexico
The Japanese School of Mexico offers its students the opportunity to learn the highly regarded Japanese curriculum while maintaining strong cultural links with Mexico. Honesty, respect and order are the main values guiding teaching and learning at the Japanese School of Mexico. Additionally, students can join multiple cultural exchange and sports clubs to ensure they develop holistically.
Curriculum: Japanese and Mexican
Ages: 3 to 18
What do expat parents say about schools in Mexico?
"There are several good grade schools, including a Waldorf school – Colegio Los Charcos - and a Montesorri-based school - Colegio Atabal. My kids went to Atabal for about a million years. It´s a small school and they enjoyed it. They are in a new school called Colegio Multicultural Siglo XXI in downtown San Miguel for middle school. Siglo XXI also has a high school and they will likely stay. Some parents send their kids to US boarding schools for high school." Check out our interview with American expat Susan to learn more about moving to Mexico with children.
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