You got schooled

13 Apr

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.

One Response to “You got schooled”

  1. Patty May 27, 2013 at 6:13 pm #

    Hi, just found your blog and love it! Congratulations on the new baby. We went to SJDS last August for a week and fell in love with it. Like so many do on vacation, we spent hours talking about “what keeps us from moving here?” Then came back to our house, jobs, family and friends and carried on. But this morning SJDS was featured on a TV House Hunters show and here I am, back to my computer trying to figure it out.

    It seems the biggest obstacle I’m finding is school options for a 10-year old. I’m not against public or Catholic options, but am wondering if you know of any private tutors? I checked out Adventures in Learning but I think she’s already too old for their programs.

    Any advice for fifth-grade and up? I couldn’t find any info on Explore! but am still here, googling…

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