Back To School in Chile

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I would love to compare notes with fellow expat parents in Chile.  People often ask me about the education system here, which are the best schools and how to handle many dilemmas. Of all of the adjustments I had to make to a new culture, life as the parent of a school-aged-child was the most challenging.  I still can’t answer questions about the schools here because I am but one parent with kids at one school.  This time around I  do have a much better understanding of how my children’s school functions after getting a degree at the ” University of Trial And Error” consisting primarily of errors on my part.

Within one household my relationship with the school was totally different based on which of my children was involved.  On the one hand everything was smashing and on the other a nightmare.  This is to be expected anywhere as each child’s personality and academic ability present a totally different picture of life at school. Never had I felt so isolated or at times insane, because quite frankly I began to think it was all in my head. Nobody else seemed to have the same problems, then again nobody else had the same child.

Over time I slowly started to learn which circumstances were unique to my child, my child’s classroom or my child’s school.  Now I want to know what is unique to our school population’s social circles, our geographic location, ethnicity and generation (Remember our fellow Chilean parents grew up under Pinochet).

Whenever something comes up over the school year please share it with me in the comments section below.  Any questions, complaints or anecdotes i.e. Supply lists requesting “jockeys”and “panties”. It’s all good. Gracias.

4 thoughts on “Back To School in Chile

  1. My family and I are moving to Santiago in July. We live in the US. I will appreciate any recommendation/information regarding private English schools. Thanks!

    • It depends entirely on your budget. Ideally NIDO but it is the most expensive. I am sorry to say that compared to public schools in the US those in Chile are simply not an option . Either home school or pay.

      • Sorry, I gave you my “automated reply”. Many folks from the US assume too much of the public system here. There are plenty of British and Catholic schools to choose from;also an excellent Jewish one. “Maimonides”.Google “PSU” scores (their college entrance exam) for an idea of each school’s track record. If your child will be entering high school there are only 2 in English (NIDO and TIPS).

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