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#195466 - 02 April 11 3:59 pm - America/Chicago Private Schools
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I am considering moving to Belize and the number one question is Private Schools for the children. Is there any way to find out if there are local private schools, what they are like and most importantly how much they cost?

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#195470 - 02 April 11 4:32 pm - America/Chicago Re: Private Schools [Re: LookingatBel]
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Try googling it. Costs range depending where you want to locate, but a few years back we were at a school thatcost us 250US per child. Most are glorified home school programs. I have kids ages 5, 7, and 11.

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#195471 - 02 April 11 6:40 pm - America/Chicago Re: Private Schools [Re: felintuit]
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There are a number of well attended private schools in San Pedro. A few I'm familiar with are Island Academy Island Academy site, La Isla Bonita Primary School La Isla Bonita Primary School site
Ambergris Caye Elementary School Ambergris Caye Elementary School Facebook page

They are in no way glorified home school programmes. These are not the only private schools here. It is worth coming to visit, if you are thinking of moving to Ambergris Caye, to check them out and see which one suits you and your children.
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#195472 - 02 April 11 10:48 pm - America/Chicago Re: Private Schools [Re: ConchCr]
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Okay I will concede a bit. But most offering a US based curriculum are using home schooling books and materials. I have not seen one that isn't using either the full set or mix and match for teaching to a US standard in my area. The US embassy is authorizing a school they considered top knotch and they use a home school system.

My kids were in private school before coming and the education level at the private schools is about what you would see at the public sector in the states.

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#195477 - 03 April 11 6:47 am - America/Chicago Re: Private Schools [Re: felintuit]
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Without wishing to sound disrespectful, the inquiry was not about a US based curriculum or any other country's curriculum. It was about private schools in Belize. I don't think expats from other countries can expect that schools in a foreign country will meet their specific country's academic standards, wherever they are from. If they are lucky enough to come from a community that has decided to provide a school following their home country's curriculum, that is great, but I wouldn't set the USA standard as the international bar for quality academics - nor would I set any country's. This is Belize and almost all schools teach the Belize national curriculum, as they should. The school system seems adequate for those going abroad to study. I've been told by some expats (from the USA) that their children,when returning to school in the USA, were considered academically advanced after attending school in Belize.

I want to add that I have Belizean friends, who attended village church schools in Belize, who have qualified for and excelled at USA Universities, going on to post graduate level.


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#195481 - 03 April 11 10:29 am - America/Chicago Re: Private Schools [Re: ConchCr]
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Any private education in the world has to better the US public. Thank you very much for the information, I really didn't have any idea and that was one of the top ten issues.



Cool homepage ConchCr, nice photos.

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#195489 - 03 April 11 3:04 pm - America/Chicago Re: Private Schools [Re: LookingatBel]
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It seems pompous to complain about FREE education that is paid for by other people's tax dollar. Children in many countries don't have such opportunities for schooling and would feel privileged to be able to attend school.

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#195506 - 04 April 11 2:24 pm - America/Chicago Re: Private Schools [Re: Una Companera]
LookingatBel Offline
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Well actually it isn't free, I pay taxes myself and will be still be paying in the highest tax bracket in the US even while living in Belize. Last time I checked US Public had one of the worst standardized test scores out of all the Industrialized Nations, it is a mater compairison shopping and American Schools can't compete with private education. Finally I am fairly certain that 99% of all parents in the world would if they had the opportunity send their children to the best schools possible. It is human nature to want the best for your kids.

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#195508 - 04 April 11 2:39 pm - America/Chicago Re: Private Schools [Re: LookingatBel]
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If your child(ren)'s education is that important, you need to move to where the best schools are located. Public or private, that isn't Belize.
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#195509 - 04 April 11 3:05 pm - America/Chicago Re: Private Schools [Re: CTscuba]
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I believe in the US it's in Massachusetts. I have four public-school-educated kids all of whom graduated from top universities about 10 + years ago and all are gainfully employed and worldly, to boot.

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