The Peruvian School System: A Guide for Expat Families in Peru 🇵🇪

Many expat families are looking for the right school for their children when moving to Peru. With its unique culture, rich history and stunning landscapes, Peru is an attractive destination for expats with children. But what are the options when it comes to schooling? 



As a traveling academic coach I contact interesting schools in various countries to find more detailed information for expat families considering a move to South America. Having seen different schools in multiple countries, I’ve come to appreciate the unique and diverse opportunities for education in Peru. With its beautiful landscapes and deep cultural history, Peru is an attractive country for expat families looking for the perfect school for their children.



Here I’ll provide an overview of the Peruvian school system. In addition, I’ll discuss the benefits and costs of public and private schools, as well as the extracurricular subjects available.


Public Schools in Peru: Affordable Education for Everyone 


In Peru, schooling is compulsory from the ages of six to 16, and public education is free for Peruvian citizens. Though the public school system generally provides a good level of education, it is unfortunately underfunded. The curriculum taught in public schools is in Spanish, though some rural schools offer instruction in a local language, such as Quechua.



Public schools in Peru are free for all students. This makes them a great choice for expat families looking for an affordable option. The quality of education at public schools varies between regions. The same is true for training on the ability of teachers to promote student achievement. The curriculum is designed to emphasize critical thinking and learning by doing. However, the majority of expat parents do prefer private school to provide proper education for their kids.  



Public schools also typically offer a wide range of extracurricular activities. These may include sports, music, art, and language classes.



Private Schools in Peru: A Focus on Excellence 


Private schools in Peru are typically more expensive than public schools. However, they offer a higher quality of education. These schools tend to have smaller class sizes, which allows teachers to provide more individualized attention to each student. Private schools also typically employ well-trained, experienced teachers and offer a wide range of extracurricular activities. 



The secondary school teachers I talked to during my time in Peru all appreciated the strong community feeling of the academic staff. Even parents feel like valuable members of the school community and have a strong feeling for school spirit. Even if some parents would have wished for more academic support, they showed a general feeling of contentment. More precisely, they enjoyed what their school offered regarding academic and social values. 



Private schools in Peru usually focus on a particular area of study, such as the sciences or the arts. These schools provide a more specialized education. This can be beneficial for expat students looking for a more tailored approach to their studies. Private schools also typically offer more modern facilities and equipment. These give students an advantage when it comes to preparing for college.



The Benefits of Education in Peru 


In addition to the high quality of education available in Peru, there are many other benefits to attending school in the country. Students in Peru are exposed to a diverse range of cultures, languages, and perspectives. This is invaluable when preparing them for life in an increasingly globalized world. Peru is also known for its vibrant and welcoming culture, which can make it a great choice for expat families looking to immerse themselves in a new and exciting experience.


Academic Coaching: A Necessary Addition to Any Successful Education 


No matter which type of school expat families choose for their children, academic coaching can be a great addition to any successful education. Academic coaching can help students develop the study skills and time management techniques they need to succeed in school and beyond. It can also provide students with personalized guidance and support, helping them stay focused and motivated throughout their studies.



In conclusion, Peru is an attractive country for expat families looking for the perfect school for their children. With its diverse range of public and private schools, and its unique cultural experiences, Peru is an ideal destination for those looking for an international education. No matter which type of school families choose for their children, academic coaching can be a great addition, providing students with personalized guidance and support to help them reach their goals.


If you are interested in more academic or mental health support for your child, consider the various offers below!

Alexandra Allover

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