We will be moving to Mexico City in the near future (by June 2014). My husband's office is in Toluca, but he will need good access to the airport, so we will likely settle in the Santa Fe area.
Our daughter will be entering 3rd grade in the fall of 2014. We would love some advice on schools. So far, we have learned that only the American School and Greengates have PYP (IB primary years) programs. Is that accurate? Both schools are far from where we would potentially be living in Santa Fe, though we would also consider living in Huixquilucan if Greengates were truly the best option. I am somewhat concerned that Greengates only offers classes in English since bilingualism is one of our main drivers/goals for moving.
We have also come across Colegio Peterson, Eton School, The Edron Academy, Westhill Institute, Colegio Winpenny, Escuela Sierra Nevada, and Colegio Grimm on the internet and closer to Santa Fe. Does anyone have recommendations or thoughts on these schools or others?
Finally, we would also consider a school in Toluca. We just haven't found one on the internet. Are there any?
The reviews we have found online have often been mixed (except in the case of Greengates (all positive)), so it's been really tough to sort this piece out. We will be visiting in December and January, so I would love to have a shortlist of 4 or 5 schools by that time.
The school that we selected is MAS (Modern American School) in Coyoacan, but that's where we live and my work is nearby. Us and the kids are very happy with the choice.
You need to go to Mexico, spend some time (schools will want to interview your daughter) take the route to work/school (use Waze for navigation on your iphone or android) during the school opening/closing hours, rush hour, etc.
If you are concerned with national travel (within Mexico), Toluca has good connections to most cities. For international, Mexico City is a must.
Your husband probably has work/personal connections in Toluca, so they would be the best option to find out about the local schools. We did the online research, and the schools that you mentioned have good online presence. There are many others that have a good reputation but not necessarily a good web page. Talk to the people, visit schools, see if that is the environment for your kids.
While most schools in Mexico say that they are English-only, there is a fair amount of Spanish. And between them, the kids will talk Spanish, unless you send your kids to something like Greengates. Even in that case, westerners may not be a majority. If your daughter speaks Spanish, no issue. If she does not at all, you may want to focus on the school with higher number of westerners.
Hola I am Maria. I just arrived to Mexico in July 2013 from Spain. I have 2 children, 1 is 5 -K3 and other 11 - 6th grade. Girl is in Greengates and it is a very good school. Boy is in Ciudad de Mexico Plantel Contadero - very close to Sta Fe. If you are considering a bilingual education it would be a very good option. He is extremely happy in the school. Only Spanish level will be very high. Half of the day is in English, half in Spanish. Some foreigners mainly from South America countries. I personally did a strong search an some friend advice - Colegio Peterson- could be a good one. To consider Eton School - no. I saw in internet they do not require English teachers to be teachers. The Edron Academy, - I do not know Westhill Institute - NO - Low level, they bring kids they do not fit in other schools - this is what I heard. Narcos c hildren there. Colegio Winpenny, - Very good I will consider. Escuela Sierra Nevada,- I did not consider because my first option was Greengates. and Colegio Grimm - I do not know. American School is good but very very big a lot of mexican high high class.
Apart of this you should consider your budget. For ASF and Greengates it is very difficult to get into, they have very long waiting list. If you are interested visit them as soon as possible.
I live in Interlomas mainly because my girl goes to Greengates. My personal mail is firstname.lastname@example.org in case you have any other question.
Thank you once again for your help. Glad to hear you and your children have been happy with your decision. As you mentioned, understanding traffic and routes seems to be key to maintaining sanity. Hopefully, we'll be on the ground for a bit in January to do just that.
Thanks again for your helpful and practical thoughts.
Hello, I would advise you to forget Greengates school and shop around. Last year 38 teachers left the school and it was a mess. Parents are so disappointed. The PTA has no power at all. The headmaster, J. Robins is unqualified, and the new teachers try their best. Good luck!
we should all forget Greengates school after what happened in 2013. 38 Teachers leaving the school at the same time. J. Robins, Headmaster of the school when he is absolutely not qualified. Liliana Kuroda, former junior librarian is now the special adviser of the CEO??? WHAT KIND OF SCHOOL IS THAT.
Do not go to Greengates school, it is all about money! 38 teachers left in 2013, a new unqualified Headmaster, jonathan Robins, and an administration hidden in an office where you can never go to ask some questions. The era of the school is gone.
Greengates used to be an excellent school. Great teachers, beautiful International Fair and very happy students. Not anymore. The headmaster is mean, under-qualified, this is true that 38 teachers left in 2013. Many students were upset. I do not feel the school will stay intensely competitive. I would advise you to visit other shools in the df.
Thank you so much for the heads up. Although Greengates was initially very appealing, its location and the fact that the majority of teaching occurs in English led us to different options right off the bat. That said, it's disheartening to hear that a school with a wonderful history and a fabulous reputation in the past has fallen on hard times. Luckily, we enrolled this week at a school that is closer to home and more bi-lingual. Thank you again for your feedback.
Hello My name is Melissa and I am a teacher from the United States (Florida and Ohio). I was looking for a teaching position at a school nearby. We are also going to live in the Santa Fe area and would love to hear your recommendations in schools to apply to.
I am bilingual in Spanish and English. I have taught kindergarten for 3 years. I graduated from the University of Florida with a Masters in Elem. Ed. Thank you for your help.
A decade ago I taught at the American School Foundation and I still think it is the best school by a long shot that I ever taught at. Someone mentioned earlier that the tution is very high and many of the elite of the country send their kids to school there. This is true.
Slanderous comment. I know Mrs Kuroda and she holds an MBA from one of the best schools in América. The rest of your "gossip" to say the least, obviously comes with a second agenda. I Wonder what proof can you show to support your awful, disgusting and vicious implication. No Wonder why you hide behind a false Name... do not turn this useful site to a forum for resentful people.
We left Greengates this year and while it is true that the school has been going through some rough times, the academic results are still above average compared to other nearby schools. I'd say the high tuition costs are worth the results, though. Many students go to top universities in the US and Mexico.
As for the Liliana Kuroda issue, I doubt they're in a relationship (have only heard rumours from students, which as we know aren't exactly reliable), although she was a junior librarian prior to being promoted to CEO assistant, which makes me doubt the school's standards when it comes to faculty.
Sorry; I took "cant find them online" to mean that you couldn't find the school online. I don't know the fees, but the website does have a 'Contact' link along with the email addy for the CEO/Managing Partner; I'm relatively certain she will be able to provide the precise data you seek instead of relying on second or third hand information.
In terms finding schools with high proportion of international students, is Greengates the best option? It seems that most "international" schools have as little as 10% of international students, the rest made up from wealthy locals. So for a foreign student with limited english, it might be a daunting experience...