Argentina has an official school curriculum that must be followed and is mandatory for its schools to meet accreditation. Thus, if a student is in a bilingual program, they can typically expect to have a longer day than the traditional student, with it being split between one language in the morning classes and the other language in the afternoon.
English was officially made the second language in 1996, and thus must be taught for at least two hours per week in each school - public or private. This requirement must be met until the children reach nine years of age.
If you are used to the American school system, then you might find
the Argentinian system quite different. Many of the private schools however, follow the European
system or the American system. Thus there are different international curriculum depending upon the school. There are four
• International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)
• International Baccalaureate (IB)
• British A Levels
• American High School Diploma (for students intending to study at U.S. universities)
Many wealthy Argentines send their children to private bilingual schools and thus there will be a predominance of Spanish speaking students at some schools. However, several schools are primarily geared to non-native Spanish speaking students with Spanish being taught as the second languge.
If you want to follow the American style and schedule then you'll probably want to consider a school like Lincoln, although for many people it is quite expensive. If you are more flexible then definately consider other options that are out there, many of which are bilingual and excellent schools.
It is important to consult with the school before you and your family move to Argentina. You will want to evaluate the school as much as possible and make sure that it will be the right fit for your child.
Note * The school year in Argentina begins in March and ends in December. However, schools such as Lincoln follow the traditional American school year beginning at the end of August and ending in June.
Here are some schools to get you started on your search:
- Associacion Escuelas Lincoln, San Isidro (Elementary - Lincoln University College, American)
- Florida Day School, Belgrano (Pre-K -12, bilingual) excellent school, multiple intelligence theory
- Buenos Aires International Christian Academy, San Isidro (PreK-12, English)
- St. George's College, Quilmes (Ages 3 - 18, bilingual)
- St. George's College North, Los Polvorines (Ages 3 - 18, bilingual)
- St. Hilda's College, Hurlingham (K-12, bilingual)
- Northlands, Northern Suburbs (K-12, bilingual)
- Goethe Schule, ( Fully German/Spanish bilingual)
- Colombia School, Pilar (K-12, bilingual)
- St. Andrews Scots, Olivos (K-12, co-ed, bilingual)
- St. Catherine's Moorlands, Northern Suburbs (K-12, bilingual)
- Washington School, Buenos Aires (I.B. Diploma)
- La Scuola Italiana Cristoforo Colombo, (bilingual Spanish/Italian)
- Universidad Catolica Argentina (Argentine University)
- Universidad de San Andres, Northern Suburbs (Argentine University)
- Universidad Austral, Far Northern Suburbs (Argentine University)
Of course this is not an exhaustive list. It is merely a quick guide to some of the more popular schools for expatriates.
Here are a few other links, some are for general education, others are to universidades. Most sites are in Spanish.