YouAfter a lot of research, we created a complete listing of Playa Del Carmen elementary schools!
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Private Schools in Playa del Carmen that teach English and Spanish
Ak Lu'Um International School
Address: Calle La Selva s/n Ejido, Playa del Carmen, Rumbo a Xcaret
Phone: 984 115 4367
Education levels: kindergarten, pre-school and primary
Ak Lu'Um International School is affiliated to AWSNA (Association of Waldorf Schools of North America) and Latin American Waldorf Schools. This is the only non-profit school in the area. This school accepts students on scholarships.
The school offers a bilingual program, in English and Spanish, and a curriculum based exclusively on the Waldorf method. It is accredited by SEP and is one of the favorite private schools of expats in Playa del Carmen. The school has an eco-friendly jungle campus situated just south of Playa del Carmen, near Xcaret.
All teachers are bilingual and children learn both English and Spanish as they progress through school. A third language, (students can choose either French or German), may be introduced in Grade 1. Children will be exposed to a variety of indoor and outdoor games and encouraged to take part in numerous handwork activities.
Centro Comunitario Otoch Paal Montessori
Address: Caleta Yal Ku, Manzana 14, Lote 1 Akumal
Phone: 984 130 0920
Email: English Teacher, Ana Gabbert, email@example.com
Education levels: pre-school
This private school opened in 2004 and has three classrooms. One of the kindergarten classrooms follows a bilingual curriculum, teaching both English and Spanish.
Address: Km. 292.5 Carretera Federal Cancún, Playa del Carmen
Phone: 984 267 2897
Email: English Coordinator, Karin Wrege, firstname.lastname@example.org
Education levels: pre-school, primary, secondary and preparatoria
Colegio Ingles is a private school accredited by SEP that offers bilingual education, in English and Spanish. This school has a large foreign student population and a campus equipped with a large pool, soccer field and outdoor auditorium. It also offers students access to a variety of extra-curricular activities such as painting, jazz, ballet, theater, music, French, Tae Kwan Do and an impressive selection of sports.
Address: Residencial Selvamar, Carretera Federal Chetumal KM 295 + 400, Playa del Carmen
Phone: 984 118 5866
Education levels: pre-school, primary, secondary
A SEP certified school, Colegio Montessori bases its curriculum on the Montessori principles and offers a bilingual program for a mix of national and foreign students. The school is located just north of Playa del Carmen, on the premises of Residential Complex Selvamar.
Colegio Puerto Aventuras
Address: Lote 7, Mza. 24, Plano 3, Km. 269.5 Carretera Chetumal - Puerto Juárez, Puerto Aventuras
Phone: 984 873 5141
Education levels: pre-school, primary, secondary, preparatoria (high school)
Colegio Puerto Aventuras is a certified SEP bilingual educational institution situated within the gates of Puerto Aventuras community. Although Puerto Aventuras houses many foreign families and this school is perfect for Puerto Aventuras residents, it might be a bit of a commute for Playa del Carmen and Tulum residents.
The school prides itself with a strong academic reputation and a multicultural environment, and is among the favorite educational institutions of Mexican and expats alike. The school offers also the possibility for students to learn a third language, French. It is equipped with a library, language center, IT center and laboratory, sports fields, cafeteria and the lovely Jardin de Palapas which offer free Wi-Fi and are often used for study sessions.
Comunidad Educativo El Papalote (recommended by expats - email sent)
Address: Av. 25 between calles 30 and 32, Col. Gonzalo Guerrero, Playa del Carmen
Phone: 984 879 3052
Education levels: pre-school, primary, secondary, preparatoria (high school)
With an experience of over 20 years, El Papalote is a SEP accredited institution that prides itself with a great bilingual program and a variety of after-school activities including dance, painting, and sports. The curriculum is based on the Waldorf programme and the school's philosophy reflects the cosmopolitan and multicultural atmosphere of Playa del Carmen. The school is located in the city center and is one of the favorite educational institutions for families new to the area.
Address: Carretera Federal Cancún-Chetumal, Km. 298 Lt. 26, Mz. 02 Smz. 69 Esq. Calle 80 North, Playa del Carmen
Phone: 984 109 2216
Education levels: maternal, pre-school, primary, secondary (no high school offered here)
This SEP certified educational institution is a traditional Mexican private school that offers a trilingual scholar program. It has a student body of both national and foreign students. The school also offers access to a variety of extra-curricular activities such as swimming, ballet, jazz, yoga and Tae Kwon Do. The school is equipped with sports fields for soccer, volleyball and tennis, a semi-olympic pool, a science and IT laboratory, a library, halls equipped with projectors, auditoriums, air-conditioned halls for events, and green areas.
Green Village Pre-School
Address: Calle 25 Sur entre Diagonal 85 Sur y Av. 95 Sur Mz 12 Lt 8 y 3 Col. Ejido (Forjadores), Playa del Carmen
Phone: 984 206 2206 and 206-2226
Education levels: maternal, kindergarten, pre-school (preschool and kinder only)
Green Village Pre-school is an accredited SEP educational institution that provides bilingual courses to children from 2 to 5 years old, and has an extended schedule. This private school has air-conditioned rooms, security cameras, double door security, a farm, a garden, a pool, IT rooms, and provides dining services, bathing for little kids, and the services of a first aid specialties. The school organizes workshops and offers children the possibility to practice yoga, Tae Kwon Do and other sports.
International School of Playa del Carmen (ISP)
Address: El Arbol Playacar, Av. Paseo Tulum, Mz.19, Lt.1-6, Playacar, Playa del Carmen
Phone: 984 876 9884
Education level: pre-school, primary
This brand new bilingual school is due to open in August 2014 and will provide SEP certified courses for Kindergarten to Grade 4 children and distance/online/home school programs for Grades 5 to 12. The school will base its curriculum on both the SEP (Mexican) programme and Common Core Curriculum (USA). The staff consists of Mexican, Canadian and US certified teachers. The school is also in course of accreditation with AdvancEd and the International Baccalaureate program, and will follow a globally recognized curriculum. Children will have access to weekly activities such as music, visual art, drama, theater, capoeira, yoga and even cooking.
Instituto Tepeyac Xcaret
Address: Carretera federal 307, KM 282, Playa del Carmen
Phone: 984 877 25 00
Education levels: pre-school, primary, secondary, preparatoria
Instituto Tepeyac is a SEP accredited traditional Mexican school that provides education to both national and foreign students. Its bilingual teaching system is based on an customized academic programme meant to reach the children's potential and develop their skills and aptitudes. Instituto Tepeyac Xcaret was opened in Playa del Carmen in 2008, but Instituto Tepeyac has over 33 years of experience and several other schools in Mexico. This is the newest school in Playa del Carmen, an institution backed by Xcaret, which means that it enjoys great resources and a beautiful campus. The school is equipped with sports and artistic centers, multimedia halls, a pool, an American football and soccer field, a cafeteria, parking and internal roads. It also provides scholar transport, medical services, an AulaNet and a psycho-pedagogical department.
Jardín de Niños Arte y Naturaleza Baaxal (email sent)
Address: Calle 8 sur, Zona Urbana, Puerto Morelos
Phone: 998 212 8188
Education levels: pre-school
This Waldorf based school is located 30 minutes away from Playa del Carmen, in Puerto Morelos, and is a popular choice for parents who prefer for their children to study in small-sized classrooms and enjoy a more personalized education. Their campus is an oasis of greenery and children are encouraged to spend their time outdoor.
Address: Between Av. 20 and 25 and Calles 24 and 26, Playa del Carmen
Phone: 984 873 3874
Education levels: maternal, pre-school, primary, secondary, preparatoria
Yits'Atil is a SEP certified school situated downtown Playa del Carmen, which has a mixed student body of national and foreign students. With a background of more than 10 years in this field, Yits'Atil is accredited to provide education to children of all ages, from maternal to preparatoria grades. The school offers a variety of extra-curricular activities including sports, dance, music and yoga.
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One of the most important aspects when relocating overseas with children is their education and schooling. So we wanted to be educated about the elementary schools in Playa Del Carmen and Tulum. There's good news--there are many schools to choose from. You just have to decide which ones are right for your kids.
Many schools offer Spanish and English courses and will fit your children needs and personality. Private schools in Tulum and Playa Del Carmen are affordable, and most people who can afford to send their kids to private school do.
Once you have chosen a few schools that might be great for your children, you should set up interviews for them and also arrange for your children to sit in on a few classes.
Note! Regardless of the Spanish level of your children, they will be placed in classrooms by age, so they can catch up faster and make new friends easily.
We are creating a full list and a directory of schools for use in our book, so I'll post the details as soon as possible.
Edit: we did it! you can see a complete listing of PLAYA DEL CARMEN Elementary Schools here.
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