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International Schools in Mexico City

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: If you're moving to Mexico City with kids, international schools are probably a top priority. Here's a list of some of the most well-known international schools and bilingual schools in Mexico City.

Living in Mexico City - International Schools in Mexico City

There are many bilingual and international school options for expats kids in Mexico City. You'll be much happier if you live close to work and your children's school. When looking at schools, take location into consideration. One expat advised, "Find a place near office, then start looking for schools nearby. Don't be stressed about finding 'the best', there are many schools in a lot of areas with very good programmes, bilingual, etc."

Below are some of the schools that are often recommended by expats. If you don't see your school on the list and would like it added, submit it here.

The Westhill Institute

The Westhill Institute is an American International school that serves pre-K through 12th graders. They have three campuses: Monte Athos (Preschool), Monte Carpatos (Preschool, Elementary) and Sante Fe (Preschool, Elementary, Secondary). Westhill offers the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program, IB Middle Years Program (MYP) and the IB Diploma Program (DP). One parent commented, "We looked at a lot of schools and chose Westhill even over the American School Foundation. The ASF seemed to us to be too big, not very caring, not as intimate with the students. If your children will only be in Mexico for the primary grade years I would recommend you stick with a smaller school like Westhill."

Locations:

Athos Campus
330, Lomas de Chapultepec
Miguel Hidalgo
11000, Mexico City

Telephone: (55) 5520-2455/2467

Carpatos Campus
Montes Carpatos 940
Lomas de Chapultepec
11000, Mexico City

Telephone: (55) 5540 4005 / 5282 4522

Santa Fe Campus

Domingo García Ramos 56
Zona Escolar Prados de la Montaña
05610, Mexico City

Telephone: (55) 8851 7082

Escuela Lomas Altas

Lomas Altas is an IB World school that serves nursery through Primary school children. It's located in Lomas de Chapultepec.

Location:

Montañas Calizas # 305
Col. Lomas de Chapultepec
México D.F. 11000

Telephone: 5520 3725 y 5520 5375

Lomas Hill School

Lomas Hill School is a bilingual IB World School for children aged 2 to 16. They adopt a student-centred approach which helps children to develop transferable skills which they can use throughout their lives. Lomas Hill supports and cultivates a positive relationship between the students, teachers and parents. These relationships are the heart of the community, allowing students from diverse backgrounds to bring their personal ideas, cultures and experiences into the classroom and onto the campus. As a small school, they are committed to provide each child with personalized attention, ensuring they receive the academic, social and emotional support they need to be successful. Extracurricular activities include sports and martial arts including football, basketball, swimming, triathlon, karate and taekwondo. Performing and visual arts such as art, dance and music. Clubs such as robotics, Lego, chess, photography and Model United Nations. They have a large gymnasium and a soccer field. As part of the After School Programme, students use a facility near the school for swimming and triathlon practice.

Location:

Avenida Veracruz 158
Cuajimalpa, Mexico
México D.F. 11000

Telephone: 5520 3725 y 5520 5375

Eton School

Eton School is a bilingual English and Spanish school that welcomes students from nursery through 12th grade. Eton offers the IB Middle Years and Diploma programs. Eton's main campus (elementary, middle and high school) is located in Santa Fe. The toddler center and preschool are both located in Lomas de Chapultepec (5 minutes apart by car, 15-20 minute walk).

Locations:

Toddler Center
Alpes 1140
Col. Lomas de Chapultepec.
Del. Miguel Hidalgo, C.P. 11000

Telephone: 55-5520-1142 / 55-5520-1173 / 55-5282-5808

Preschool
Alpes 605
Col. Lomas de Chapultepec.
Del. Miguel Hidalgo, C.P. 11000

Telephone: 55-5520-0410 / 55-5520-4225 / 55-5540-6591

Elementary, Middle and High School

Domingo García Ramos s/n
Col. Prados de la Montaña, Santa Fe.
Cuajimalpa de Morelos, C.P. 05619

Telephone: 55-5261-5800

The American School Foundation (ASF)

The American School Foundation of Mexico City is a K-12 school with 53% Mexican students, 31% American students and 16% from other countries (based on 2018-2019 school year). "I would say that this is a wonderful school, if you can afford it. If you teach at the school your kids go for free. They have a great staff and your child will have a wonderful experience!," said one parent. Other parents mention that the school has a lot of students from very wealthy Mexican families, which impacts the social experience at the school.

Location:

Bondojito 215, Col. Las Américas
Ciudad de México, México CP 01120

Telephone: (5255)5227-4900

The Wingate School

The Wingate School is a British International School that currently welcomes students in early years through Primary School. They have plans to expand through Secondary School as well. One parent at Wingate wrote, "The school does a lot. They are a small school. The administration is very communicative and gave us an appointment via Skype before we moved to Mexico. They admissions process is very complete and they look at the childin a personal way. They are familiar with most international curriculums. Contact them as soon as you can as places are limited. They are a new school and some year groups are almost full. Calls and emails are always returned."

Location:

Carr Huixquilucan Río Hondo 2042
El Escobal, Ciudad de México

Telephone: +52 55 8288 0982

Greengates School

Greengates School is a British International School. Some expats say that the school has been going through a rough patch, while others maintain that the quality of education is very high. One parent with students at The Greengates School said, "Facilities are very good. Many afterschool activities including sports, music, drama, language, academic help. All are free!"

Location:

Balcones de San Mateo Av. Circunvalación Pte. 102
Col. Balcones de San Mateo
Naucalpan, Edo de Mexico CP. 53200

Pinecrest International School

Pinecrest International School is a bilingual, Catholic school that welcomes students from preschool through 12th grade. They have a unique approach in that they have separate classrooms for boys and girls. Their website explains in detail why and how they offer single sex education. In essence, the classrooms have the same curriculum but the "teaching is adjusted to the preferences, needs, motivations and the learning style of each genre."

Location:

Francisco J. Serrano No.104
Col. Desarrollo Urbano Santa Fe Cuajimalpa
CDMX. C.P. 05348

Bilingual Schools for Spanish-Speaking Students

Some of the schools we researched seem to cater mostly to Spanish-speaking students who are interested in learning English in a bilingual curriculum. In our opinion, these types of schools would be appropriate for an expat who already speaks Spanish, but a new student with limited Spanish skills (especially older students) would probably have a hard time adjusting and feeling at home.

Some of these schools include:

Colegio Del Bosque

Del Bosque is a Catholic girls school located in Bosque de las Lomas that offers a bilingual program. It welcomes students from preschool through 12th grade. Del Bosque is located in Bosques de las Lomas.

Location:

Bosque de Huizaches 3
Bosques de las Lomas
05120 Ciudad de México, CDMX

Instituto Cumbres Bosques

Instituto Cumbres Bosques is a Catholic boys school located in Bosque de las Lomas that offers a bilingual program. The school welcomes students from preschool through 12th grade.

Location:

Ahuehuetes Norte # 1251
Col. Bosques de las Lomas
Miguel Hidalgo, DF 11700

Telephone: (55) 5596.3733, (55) 5596.3343

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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