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Homeschooling in Peru

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: If you're moving with kids to Peru and homeschooling is something you're considering, it's important to do your research and learn about homeschooling in Peru.

Peru, a country known for its rich history and diverse culture, is also a place where homeschooling is gaining traction. As more families, particularly expatriates, are considering alternative education options for their children, homeschooling has emerged as a viable choice. This article will delve into the legalities, prevalence, requirements, resources, university admissions considerations, and the pros and cons of homeschooling in Peru.

Is it Legal to Homeschool in Peru?

Yes, homeschooling is legal in Peru, including for foreign residents and expatriates. The Peruvian Constitution guarantees the right to education and does not specify the method of delivery. However, it's important to note that while homeschooling is legal, it is not officially recognized by the Ministry of Education. Therefore, parents who choose to homeschool their children are responsible for ensuring that their education meets the standards set by the Peruvian education system.

Is Homeschooling Common in Peru?

While homeschooling is not as common in Peru as in some other countries, it is gradually gaining popularity, especially among expatriate families. The flexibility and personalized learning that homeschooling offers are appealing to many parents. However, it's worth noting that homeschooling is more prevalent in urban areas where there are more resources and support networks available.

What Specific Requirements are There for Homeschoolers in Peru?

There are no specific requirements or guidelines provided by the Peruvian government for homeschooling. Parents are free to choose the curriculum and teaching methods that best suit their children's needs. However, it is recommended that the curriculum aligns with the Peruvian education system, particularly if the child may transition to a traditional school in the future or pursue higher education in Peru.

Are There Groups or Resources for Families Who Homeschool in Peru?

Yes, there are several homeschooling groups and resources available in Peru, particularly in larger cities like Lima. These groups often organize activities and meetups, providing opportunities for homeschooled children to socialize and learn together. Online resources and forums also offer support and advice for homeschooling parents.

What Should Homeschooling Parents Take into Consideration for University Admissions in Peru and Internationally?

For university admissions, homeschooled students may need to provide additional documentation, such as portfolios of their work, standardized test scores, or proof of an equivalent high school education. Some universities in Peru and abroad may require homeschooled students to take an entrance exam. It's advisable for parents to research specific admission requirements of potential universities early in the homeschooling process.

What are the Pros and Cons of Homeschooling in Peru (for Expat Families)?

The pros of homeschooling in Peru include flexibility in curriculum and schedule, personalized learning, and the opportunity to incorporate travel and cultural experiences into education. However, there are also cons to consider. These include the lack of formal recognition of homeschooling by the Peruvian government, potential isolation from peers, and the responsibility of ensuring the education meets university admission requirements. For expat families, homeschooling can also provide continuity in education amidst relocation.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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