When buying a new home and moving your family to Mexico, the process can feel more challenging when you have school-age children. Look for Mexico real estate situated close to excellent schools to ensure that your children receive a high quality education, and keep in mind that there are a wide variety of options to choose from, which should make it easy to find a great fit for your family’s unique needs.
Private schools are definitely the best option, and almost all middle and upper class Mexican families and expats send their children to private institutions. They will offer a smaller class size, a more varied curriculum, and a larger number of teachers. Also, many of Mexico’s private schools are bilingual, meaning both English and Spanish is spoken, and in many cases a heavy preference is given to English because most Mexican parents want their children to be fluent.
Most cities in Mexico that are home to more than 100,000 people will have a number of private schools for you to choose from, especially in areas that are popular expat havens. Fortunately, the cost of private school in Mexico is much less than in the U.S. or Canada. In Mexico, you can expect to pay between $150 and $300 a month per child for tuition, in addition to school supplies and registration.
It is also important to look carefully at the school’s accreditation. As a base line, look for an institution that is accredited through the Ministry of Public Education, or SEP, which means your children will be eligible to attend college in Mexico. If your children would prefer to attend college in the U.S., look for accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the International Baccalaureate Certificate, or the University of Cambridge program. Also, check out the Association of American Schools in Mexico for a list of facilities that have accreditation accepted in the U.S.
Regardless, the school should appear to be of high quality. Schedule several visits and take your time to get to know both teachers and administrators. Request to see the curriculum and the books that will be used, and make sure you understand both the grading system and the teaching methods. Finally, talk to your children and determine if they feel comfortable. Choose a facility that makes you feel confident that your children will receive a high quality education that will enable them to make their dreams a reality.