Question: We are relocating to the Playa del Carmen area and hope to be settled by August 2016. We are headed to the area in April to search for homes and check our private schools. We have a 16 year old son. He speaks English and French. No Spanish (at this point). Is there a private school that teaches all the core subjects in English with the option of learning Spanish? We are concerned about this. He would be going into grade 11 this year.
Answer: Hello Robert! I don't have any personal experience with the high schools in Playa, because our oldest son is only 9 years old. However, there are plenty of expats in the area that send their teens to private schools in the area. You have several to choose from. Colegio Ingles is a private school that is recommended by other expats and is suitable for older children and teens. I would try them first. That is my best suggestion, but there are several schools that you should consider and pay a visit in-person so you can feel comfortable with their staff, location, and educational offerings.
Your son will learn Spanish very quickly if he speaks fluent French. Both are romance languages and are very similar. Living in Playa will be an immediate Spanish-Immersion and he should pick up the language speaking with other kids, probably within a year or two he will be speaking fluently.
Contact info for Colegio Ingles in Playa Del Carmen:
Address: Lote 4 Fraccion 24 Col Ejidal, Sin Nombre, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
Phone:+52 984 267 2999
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