I receive a lot of questions regarding school options here in San Juan, so here goes… You basically have 4 options:
Public, Catholic, private, or homeschooling:
As Lucy hasn’t started school yet, it wouldn’t be fair of me to rate or judge the various options. However, I can share that I’ve heard that there is not too much of a difference between the public and the catholic schools here. These schools have primarily local Nicaraguan children, as well as some older expat kids. Students are expected to wear uniforms and they attend a partial day. The hour is determined by the age. Schools are spread throughout town. Classes appear large and I have also heard that resources are limited; however, the kids I’ve seen appear happy and healthy!
Our friends, Keith and Kelly, have their three kids enrolled in a local school and have written some beautiful, insightful and funny posts about their experiences in Gringa in a Nicaraguan school: A Room Mother’s Perspective and in their most recent newsletter. [FYI – these guys are also doing some pretty amazing mission work via Teethsavers and Dress a Girl Around the World. Please visit their blog Hope for Nica, to learn more!]
Homeschooling is a very personal decision. It’s a huge responsibility for parents or a hired tutor. But if you plan to move back to the U.S. at some point, this could be your best option, as some programs are certified, allowing your child to integrate right back into the North American school system.
I currently know of 2 private schools here in San Juan, both run by Expat women: Adventures in Learning and Explore! Follow this link to read more about Adventures in Learning. I hope to share more about Explore soon, as well.