International Schools in Argentina
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One difference, which may sometimes be confusing, is that the international schools in Argentina are called colleges; they are generally private and a monthly fee is paid. Education in Argentina has a very good standard, with a wide range of international schools. Public universities are free for all undergraduate programs, something that surprises many foreigners. Education is highly valued by Argentinean society as a whole.
As in most countries, private schools offer better value, basically, because they have more resources, and are also able to select their students by their skills, and have more homogeneous social and cultural learners.
Lately, we have received many inquiries regarding education in Argentina. The economic recovery attracts capital and long-term investments, so many foreigners come to settle in Argentina – temporarily or permanently – with their families.
We understand that to move to any country in the world – having children of school age – it is necessary to know what kind of education is available, and what to expect in a new place. We present a synthesis of what is relevant, and some links to schools that might be of interest.
Bilingual schools are in high demand in Argentina, so for most of them, applications are carried out the previous year. The class period is from March to December and the holidays are from mid-December to early March. The best recommendation is to contact the school concerned, so that they will know your date of arrival in Argentina and you will arrive with the issue resolved or for their immediate attention.
It is important to note that most schools keep parents informed on an ongoing basis, with updates to the school website providing information about activities and schedules of activities, and publishing the food menu for the month and other topics of interest to parents. There is a concern to give students and their families a modern education system which is very respectful of the multicultural diversity of the students.
All colleges listed below offer a broad curriculum which includes art, music and various sports.
Public schools offering the International Baccalaureate
About 50 colleges throughout Argentina offer the International Baccalaureate. Most are private. There are only two in public management: Escuela Normal Superior en Lenguas Vivas and the Escuela Media N° 6 of Vicente López. Both schools are in high demand, and although they offer the Baccalaureate, most classes are held in Castilian, so this is an option to consider, depending on the level of Spanish of the children. The greatest difficulty is that there are many applicants and few places.
International Schools in Argentina – Laics – English bilingual
This is the only school in Argentina which operates with classes from August to June, so it is possible to integrate into the system without losing any progress if you come from the northern hemisphere. However, the tuition fees are quite significant. They start at USD14,490 for pre-kindergarten up to USD19,920 for high school, plus an annual tuition fee.
This college has two locations with around 1,000 students each. It follows the British curriculum with the corresponding certificates. Academically it is highly valued, and its graduates have a high level of acceptance in good universities worldwide. They receive kindergartners as well as primary and secondary students. It is necessary to ask directly about the cost of tuition.
International Schools – Laics – German bilingual
Founded in 1897, this school is supported by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany. It is a not-for-profit institution, so its tariffs are somewhat lower. It accepts students at initial, primary and secondary levels. It is a bilingual school in German and Castilian. It also integrates English.
This is a bicultural school. Teaching is in German, with English as a foreign language.
It accepts students at initial, primary and secondary levels. The following certifications are offered: Cambridge English: First (FCE) and Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE), the Program for Cultural Exchange with Germany (PIC) and the IB Diploma Programme.
International Schools – Catholics and Protestants
This school has a Catholic orientation, academic excellence, and Irish roots. It is only for males and is full-time. It offers the following certifications: Cambridge English: IGCSE International General Certificate of Secondary Education, Cambridge English: CAE Certificate in Advanced English, English Cambridge: FCE First Certificate in English and French: DELF Diplôme en Langue Française Elémentaire.
Accepts kids from 2 years old for the Kindergarten. Primary and Secondary full bilingual. IGCSE and the AS and A Level examinations which contribute to the AICE Diploma. The CIE examinations are recognised as entrance qualifications at numerous universities, locally and abroad. The combination of both programmes gives our students a sound basis for a broad range of post school opportunities, allowing them to specialize in humanities or sciences, and work comfortably in English or Spanish.
A group of Scottish settlers built this school, to educate their pupils in their language and culture. It provides bilingual education for students from 3 to 18 years. It has four different locations for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, primary and secondary levels. Students must take the seven IGCSE Cambridge University exams. Upon graduating, they receive the International Baccalaureate diploma.
One of the first to offer the IB in Argentina, this school consists of a kindergarten, as well as preparatory and secondary schools. It has a reputation for academic excellence. It is the only one that offers, in addition to day classes, a boarding school for students from the provinces or if parents are temporarily absent from the country. It has two locations, with very small differences between them.
International Schools – Japanese, Italian and French
This is a private school with instruction in Japanese.
Founded by Italian immigrants 60 years ago, this school was built with contributions from the Italian State and on Argentine Government ceded land. It offers education in Italian, Castilian and English from the age of five years onwards. It has the characteristic that the secondary school is divided into two sections. It is also a member of the UNESCO Associated Schools.
This is a French bilingual school. It has three levels: initial, primary and secondary. It opened in 1969 on land provided by the Argentine Government and built with contributions from the French state. It is known for academic excellence and has very high monthly payments. The French Government contributes funds for scholarships. Currently its program is in abeyance.
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