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Schools and Educational options for foreigners with children in Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya.

One of the most frequent e-mails we receive are from families from all parts of the globe who are looking to relocate to Playa del Carmen, or other parts of the Riviera Maya, with their children. Of course prior to making the move they want to research educational options in our area. As a former teacher who has taught both in the United States, as well as here in Playa del Carmen, I thought I would give you all an updated list of options and local area schools.

First and foremost the majority of schools in Mexico are private with a handful of public schools that are also available. From my experience, the public schools tend to be over crowded, and in general do not have a true bi-lingual program so I have only included private schools in this directory. All schools, both public and private, require uniforms, registration (inscription) and book fees, and the parents and families of the student are required to supply all school materials i.e. glue, pencils, paper etc. The average monthly tuition usually runs about $300.00-$400.00 USD (as of January 2012) for smaller children, but increases as the child goes into higher grades.

An inscription, or registration fee, is a non-refundable annual fee that is more or less equivalent to a month’s tuition. This fee is collected at the time of registration to ensure your child will have a reserved spot in a classroom. Registration can start as early as March for the following school year, and it is best to register as early as possible to guarantee space, and classroom placement.

In order for a school to be accredited they must be licensed through SEP, Secretaria Educacion Publica , and follow their curriculum. Almost all of the schools follow the holiday and school year calendar of SEP as well so click here for the school calendar. If you are going to come to the area for either one full school year, or less, make sure you bring your child to a SEP certified program so they will be able to receive proper accreditation at your school of origin. In addition there is the Secretaria de Educacion y Cultura which is the Secretary of Education and Culture for the State of Quintana Roo which has further information on our state’s educational system.

Schools in Mexico are very different from what I was used to in the United States. They tend to be more strict then US based programs, and often give very heavy workloads to children from kindergarten on up through high school. Due to the fact that Playa del Carmen is an international destination, and has a varied community there are new programs coming into our community that are a bit less traditional then the “old school” style of teaching. When available I have included web addresses, e-mails and phone numbers.


Ak Lu’um International School Community
Waldorf based education, and they are SEP certified. They have pre-school through 6th grade, and they have a fully bi-lingual program. They have recently started teaching French and German to the primary aged children. They are the only non-profit school in the area, and the only ecologically friendly school in Mexico. The student body is made up of both a foreign and national population. Opened in fall of 2006 they have developed their jungle based campus into a beautiful learning environment. Map

Official address:
Calle La Selva sn Ejido
Rumbo a Xcaret
Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico, 77710

Telephone:
English- 984-115-4367
Español- 984-138-1617

E-mail:
akluum@gmail.com

Web URL:
www.akluum.com


Colegio Ingles
SEP certified preschool through high school. Has large foreign student population, fairly traditional curriculum, and it has a very impressive campus and grounds boasting a large pool, soccer field, and large outdoor auditorium. Map

Official address:
Km. 292.5 Carretera Federal Cancún
Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico, 77710

Telephone:
984-267-2897

E-mail:
English Coordinator:
Karin Wrege english@colegioingles-qroo.com.mx

Web URL:
www.colegioingles-qroo.com.mx


Colegio Montessori
Colegio Montessori is a Montessori based program located within the Selvamar development just north of Playa del Carmen. They are SEP certified and have a mixed foreign and national student body. They offer a bi-lingual program from pre-school through middle school. Map

Official address:
Residencial Selvamar Carretera Federal Chetumal KM 295+400
Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico, 77710

Telephone:
984-118-5866

E-mail:
mplaya@infinitum.com.mx

Web URL:
www.selvamar.com.mx/colegio-montesori.html


Colegio Puerto Aventuras
SEP certified preschool through high school. Large foreign population, perfect for Puerto Aventuras residence, but a bit of a commute for Playa del Carmen families. Map

Official address:
Lote 7, Mza. 24, Plano 3
Km. 269.5 Carretera Chetumal – Puerto Juárez
Puerto Aventuras, Quintana Roo, Mexico, 77750

Telephone:
984-873-5141

E-mail
gabi@pa.com.mx

Web URL:
www.colegiopuertoaventuras.com/Colegio_Puerto_Aventuras/Home.html


Instituto Playa del Carmen de la Salle
SEP certified preschool through junior high/middle school. Traditional private Mexican school with a prominent Mexican student body, and a Spanish only curriculum.

Official address:
30th Avenue on the corner of 12th
Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico, 77710

Telephone:
(984) 803 2975

E-mail:
direccion_ipc@prodigy.net.mx


Manuel Acosta
SEP certified preschool through junior high/middle school. Largely a Mexican student body and Spanish based curriculum. It is a very traditional private Mexican school. Facilities include large pool, and extensive after school activities such as: dance, karate, theater, and soccer. Conveniently located in Playacar. Map

Official address:
Paseo Tikal Mz. 29, Fracc. Playacar
Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico, 77710

Telephone:
984-873-0652, 984-873-2378

E-mail:
dirtec_playacar@escuelamanuelacosta.edu.mx

Web URL:
www.escuelamanuelacosta.edu.mx/plantel_playacar.html


Papalote
Papalote is a Waldorf inspired SEP certified school and has a pre-school through high school program. Mixed national and foreign population, and they offer a fully bi-lingual program. Conveniently located in downtown Playa del Carmen.

Official address:
25th Avenue between 30th and 32nd Streets
Gonzalo Guerrero
Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico, 77710

Telephone:
984-879-3052

E-mail:
contacto@colegioelpapalote.edu.mx

Web URL:
www.colegioelpapalote.edu.mx


Instituto Tepeyac
Tepeyac is the newest private school to open in Playa del Carmen. They are backed by Xcaret so they have great resources, and they offer a fully bi-lingual program from pre-school through high school. A traditional private Mexican school with a mixed student population Tepeyac is the new “it” school since it opened its doors in 2008.

Official address:
Carretera Federal 307, KM 282
Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico, 77710

Telephone:
984-877-25 00

Web URL:
www.institutotepeyac.edu.mx/www/?select_campus=xcaret&page=


Yits’Atil
SEP certified preschool through high school. Traditional private Mexican school with a mixed student body of foreign and national students. Daycare also available for young children 1 to 2 years old. Convenient downtown location on the block between 20th and 25th Avenues and 24th and 26th Streets.

Address:
Between 20th and 25th Avenues and 24th and 26th Streets
Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico, 77710

Telephone:
984-873-3874


Colegio Weston
SEP certified preschool through primary. Traditional private Mexican school with a mixed student body of foreign and national students.

Address:
Carretera Federal Cancún-Chetumal.
Km. 298 Lt. 26 Mz. 02 Smz. 69 Esq. Calle 80 Nort
Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico, 77710

Telephone:
984-109-2216

E-mail:
colegiowestonmx@hotmail.com

Web URL:
www.colegioweston.com


Home Schooling:
Contact your local association and bring the material from home or check out your options with Internet Schooling.