Expats moving to Peru with children need not worry about their education. Not only is Peru’s public system considered to be among the best in Latin America, but there are also plenty of international schools in Peru to choose from. Owing to the language barrier, the latter is a popular choice with expats moving to this South American country.

Public schools in Peru

Peru’s public schooling system generally offers a good level of education. Schooling in Peru is compulsory for children from age six to 16, with public schooling free to all Peruvians. 

Public schools follow the local Peruvian curriculum, with instruction in Spanish. Some public schools in rural areas also have instruction in a local language such as Quechua.

The Peruvian education system is split into three levels: primary, secondary and technical/vocational education. Children in the primary and secondary levels follow a general curriculum and receive free education. After completing primary and secondary schooling, children then have the option of following an academic or technical route at the technical/vocational level. This is offered through technological institutions, most of which are private, but still overseen by the Ministry of Education.

The usual school week is from Monday to Friday, with the school day from around 8am to 2pm. The school year runs from March to December and is split into two semesters.

Private schools in Peru

There are many private schools in Peru. These schools follow the Peruvian curriculum. While the main language of instruction is Spanish, many private schools in Peru offer instruction in both Spanish and English, so they may be an option for expats living in Peru.

Private schools are not free and may charge high fees. Many schools are run through religious organisations, while others are cooperatively managed and financed by fees.

International schools in Peru

There are many international schools in Peru. Most of these schools are based in Lima, but there are also international schools in Arequipa. These schools offer a range of curricula, including the local Peruvian curriculum, the International Baccalaureate and a variety of foreign curricula.

Admission requirements for international schools in Peru vary, so it’s best to contact an individual school for further information. Below are some of the most popular international schools in Peru.

Casuarinas International College

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate
Ages: 3-18
Website: www.casuarinas.edu.pe

Colegio Franco Peruano

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: French
Ages: 3-18
Website: www.lfrancope.edu.pe

Colegio Franklin Delano Roosevelt (The American School of Lima)

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: American
Ages: 3-18
Website: www.amersol.edu.pe

Colegio Pestalozzi

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate (German/Spanish instruction)
Ages: 3-18
Website: www.pestalozzi.edu.pe

Hiram Bingham – The British International School of Lima

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate
Ages: 3-18
Website: www.hirambingham.edu.pe

International Christian School of Lima

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: American
Ages: 5-18
Website: www.icslima.org

San Silvestre School

Gender: Co-educational
Curriculum: British and International Baccalaureate
Ages: 3-18
Website: www.sansilvestre.edu.pe

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