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Knowing567
4/5/2018 11:07 EST

Hi,
I wouled like to learn about the elementary schools in Santiago. In Santiago de Chile, Vina del Mar or other nice cities. Please parents describe the school system and how you find the schools. Not the private ones, the public, affordable ones.

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Knowing567
4/7/2018 12:00 EST

http://www.absch.cl/w/index.php/en/member-schools
This is a link to the schools in the ASSOCIATION OF BRITISH SCHOOLS IN CHILE. I believe all of them are private schools. If anybody has info about any of them please share. especially the fees you have to pay.
I have read discouraging things about the public schools. If you have info about them please share also.

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Knowing567
4/7/2018 12:16 EST

The Unidad de Fomento (UF) is a Unit of account that is used in Chile. The exchange rate between the UF and the Chilean peso is now (today) constantly adjusted for inflation so that the value of the Unidad de Fomento remains constant on a daily basis during low inflation.
1UF = 44$
These are the fees for Nido de Aguilas School:
file:///C:/Users/Owner/Downloads/School%20Fees%202017-2018%20-%20Most%20current%20Eng%20(2).pdf

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Knowing567
4/8/2018 09:33 EST

It looks like there are no expats with kids on this forum. Or they have other, more urgent problems to solve right now. Anyway, it occured to me to search in Spanish to find the list of public (and private) schools in Santiago de Chile. Here is the link:
http://colegiosenchile.cl/educacion-basica/index.htm

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Knowing567
4/8/2018 09:49 EST

There are four type os schools in Chile:
Hay opciones gratis (los colegios de la municipalidades), colegios públicos con costos bajos, colegios privados con costos razonables y colegios privados con costos inalcanzables.
There are options free of payments (municipalities schools), public schools with low payments, private schools with reasonable payments and private schools with unattainable (enormous) payments.

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Socium
5/10/2018 13:41 EST

There are private schools, charter schools ( colegios subvencionados) and municipal schools ( colegios municipalizados).

PRIVATE SCHOOLS

The private schools may have a monthly fee above US$ 300 ( the cheapest, I believe)

http://www.cambridge.cl/inicio/admision/valores/

That is a small private school located near downtown. There you find the instructions to register. It is a modest school regarding facilities. Parents and students are middle class. Good to blend with Chileans.

All the other private schools are beyond such monthly fee,

Private schools never have teacher or student strikes.

CHARTER SCHOOLS ( Colegios subvencionados)

They are privately owned and receive a subside from the government per student. So, they charge between US$ 50 to US$ 120 per month. The more they collect from parents, the less they receive from the state.

A new law has obligated the owners of these schools to become a foundation to keep receiving government help. Otherwise they should close or become private schools.

This charter schools have better facilities than municipal schools but less than the private schools.

Their educational system may be under the influence of a church. Although parents can deny the option for kids to receive a religious class a week. They are excellent schools.

For a foreigner, a charter school could be a good starting point to blend with Chileans, as middle class parents have normally their kids on this type of schools,

Some of them are outstanding,

They hardly have teacher or student strikes.

MUNICIPAL SCHOOLS

They are owned by every Comuna or Borough. They do not collect fees from parents. They are free. Books are given by the government. Teachers are paid by the state trough the Borough.

Strikes are frequent causing chaos on the administration of families, if both parents work.

However, they get a very active participation on public issues. Political leaders merge from this type of schools. Learning has to be reinforced at home if strikes are too frequent.

There are some of these schools called EMBLEMATICOS, like Instituto Nacional in Santiago, starting on 7th grade. Their scores are likewise the most expensive private or charter schools. This school started with Chile 200 years ago. Very difficult to get in. Excellent teachers and a lot of strikes demand good students to keep grades high.

SUMMARY

My suggestion is to try COLEGIOS SUBVENCIONADOS for a foreigner wishing to blend rapidly with middle class Chileans.

Some of them are outstanding. fees are affordable.

Hope it helps, regards, Teo

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Knowing567
5/10/2018 14:15 EST

Thank you so much Teo. It is a big relief that there is a solution. Your thorough description is a wonderful help.
My only other concerns are the earthquaques (although I understand that the buildings are built to higher Richter scale codes) and the scorpions. I have read that there are scorpions in Chile but I am wondering: "Are they present in the buildings in Santiago or other big cities?" They are in Phoenix, AZ, this is why we left that city, heat being the second factor.

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Socium
5/10/2018 15:57 EST

if you are going to suffer an earthquake, better be in Chile. Buildings, installations, roads, schools, and in general public and residential buildings are built to stand during an earthquake. Of course schools. The seismic engineering in Chile is well respected around the world. This is not a hazard for you to worry, except for the normal shaking and tremors that may move your heart. But nothing more.

Regarding scorpions, who said that to you ? There is a kind of them called ALACRAN. They are common in some places on the country side, but nothing to worry about them. Not in the cities. They may punch you but their poison is not lethal. There is no record of dying people in Chile due to their attack. So relax about them.

They are NOT IN THE BUILDINGS.

We have a spider that is complicated called ARAÑA DE RINCON. We need to keep our places clean so they shall not hide on the corners. Nothing than a clean environment can not solve. It may be lethal giving a lot of coincidences.

Regards

Teo

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Socium
5/10/2018 16:37 EST

This spider araña de rincón kills an average of 0.3 persons per year within 17 million. So, near to nothing.

But you need to keep clean specially old buildings. That is all.

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Socium
5/10/2018 16:37 EST

This spider araña de rincón kills an average of 0.3 persons per year within 17 million. So, near to nothing.

But you need to keep clean specially old buildings. That is all.

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Socium
5/10/2018 16:37 EST

This spider araña de rincón kills an average of 0.3 persons per year within 17 million. So, near to nothing.

But you need to keep clean specially old buildings. That is all.

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Knowing567
5/12/2018 17:56 EST

https://www.civico.com/santiago/busqueda/?search=Colegio%20Subvencionado&entities=place,mission,article,event,offer,movie&location=Santiago&page=1
This is a list of Collegios Subvencionados. As Teo suggested they may be the best affordable solution for kids of expats. There are 10 pages of schools in Santiago. I have tried to list the addreses of schools, thinking that, before moving to a barrio, parents will want to know what schools are available there. I went through two pages so far and created an excel file. I will continue to work on the rest. If you have kids in these schools or know the fees, please comment.
i do not know how can you attach an excel file to this message, so, if you are interested in the excel file send me a private message.

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Knowing567
5/15/2018 10:21 EST

I have wrote to many, many schools (collegios subvencionado) asking for info and fees. So far one answered, very nicely. It is a "Colegio particular subvencionado de carácter laico". The application costs 16$ and the monthly fee is 286$.

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