Monday, September 8, 2008

Education in Peru

Updated 28 January 2015

If you're going to be moving to Peru with kids, you'll need to know about the educational options available. There are public and private schools in Peru and the majority of the private ones are religious. As expected, private schooling is more expensive and can range from $200 to $1000 a month, depending on the school. Most of the English speaking ones are in Lima, but you can also find some in the provinces.

Schools are broken into Primary (grades 1-6) and Secondary School (grades 1-5). There is also “Nido” which is Nursery school and usually starts around age 2. Since school is only 11 years, university is five years. A list of schools in Peru and International Schools (at the bottom) can be found in the LA Job List and this Guide to Peru. There's also, ExpoUniversidad which publishes a yearly guide for Peruvian schools. If you're considering homeschooling, you might want to look into virtual schools. You can also find helpful info at Moms help Moms.

Lima: Schools
International education can be very expensive in Lima. Some schools can cost more than $25,000 a year. Here's a list of the 10 most expensive schools. More schools can be found at the LA Job List and TEFL Tips.
Lima: Nursery Schools
Schools often have nursery schools that start at age two. However, if you're looking for places that just offer nursery school, try the places below.
  • Beginners: Los Pinos 308, Camacho 4376242
  • Donde Leslie: Alameda Corregidor 1310, La Molina 4953382
  • Garabatos: Los Laureles 447, San Isidro 4410040
  • Kids First Nursery School: Redon 134 San Borja 3461377
  • Little Villa: Jose del Llano Zapata 454, San Isidro 4405835
  • Medalla Milagrosa: Av Monte de los Olivos 145, surco 2791736
  • Nido John Arriman: Av Nicolas de Rivera 948, Surco 4221084
  • Nido Playschool: Islas Aleutianos 120, Planicie 4791058
Here are some English schools in the Provinces.
Special Education
Although there are only a few special education schools, they have high standards and will help make your transition to Peru easier.
Peru has one of the oldest universities in the Americas, San Marcos. It’s very difficult to get in, about 60,000 apply but only a couple thousand are actually admitted. University is considerably harder than in many English-speaking countries. The reason for this is that most grades are based on the midterm and final exams.

Some professors expect students to buy their books, memorise them and write their exact words on the exams. They may even take off points if they paraphrase, which is why many students think nothing of copying and pasting and then not giving any credit in the form of a bibliography. Here are some websites with statistics, such as the admission rate and number of students as well as other helpful information.



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