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Education, Teaching & Schooling

After periods of mass inflation and political insurrection through the 1980s and 1990s, Peru has blossomed economically over the last few years and has become a major tourist destination. In the educational realm, this is reflected by an ever-increasing number of overseas students coming to the country to study for short- and long-term programs. The country still faces challenges in offering equal educational opportunities to all its citizens.

While public education is free, private schools operate at all levels of the education system. Schools in both the public and private sectors follow the national curriculum, set federally and overseen by local education authorities, as mandated in a 2008 ministerial decree.

The academic school year is entirely contained with one calendar year, running from the beginning of March through to November/December. The reason for this is that Peru sits in the southern hemisphere, so autumn there begins in March and the summer holidays are taken from the end of December to February. There is also a winter holiday in July, although the exact timing varies by region.

The language of instruction is Spanish. However, in some regional primary schools, a local language such as Aymará or Quechua is the language of instruction with Spanish offered as a second language.

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Hiram Bingham

International Schools in Peru
Hiram Bingham is a British International School influenced by Peru’s national curriculum.
British International School in Lima

British First School

International Schools in Peru
British First School is a small select British International School in Lima with a policy of total immersion in the English language. Class sizes are small and the school provides the highest quality education and care for its pupils.
British International School in Lima

Colegio Peruano Aleman Alexander von Humboldt

International Schools in Peru
The Alexander von Humboldt School is an official German school abroad (Deutsche Auslandsschule) in Lima open to all nationalities. The school follows the German and Peruvian curriculum offering all grades from Kindergarten up to the Peruvian and German diploma.
German School in Lima

Colegio Pestalozzi

International Schools in Peru
Colegio Pestalozzi is a Swiss International School aiming at being an “encounter” school (Begegnungsschule) where the Swiss and Peruvian culture intermingle.
Swiss School in Lima

Colegio Italiano Antonio Raimondi

International Schools in Peru
The Colegio Antonio Raimondi is the Italian school in Lima. The aim is that students live in and share a multicultural environment and accept diversity in other people as enrichment.
Italian School in Lima

Colegio Franco Peruano

International Schools in Peru
The Lycée Franco-Péruvien is a French international school in Lima. The school follows the French and the Peruvian curriculum.
French School in Lima

Casuarinas College

International Schools in Peru
Casuarinas International College is an international school following the International Baccalaureate (IB) education program.
International School in Lima

Colegio Alpamayo / Colegio Salcantay

International Schools in Peru
The education at the boys-only Colegio Alpamayo and affiliated girls-only Colegio Salcantay is based on the International Baccalaureate (IB) program and inspired by the teachings of Saint Josemaría Escrivá, founder of Opus Dei.
Christian boys and girls School in Lima

Villa Per Se

International Schools in Peru
Villa Per Se is an educational institution whose pedagogy is based on promoting values and principles for the formation of free, happy, safe and sensitive beings, capable of expressing their emotions and exploiting their spiritual and intellectual potential.
Alternative School in Lima

Colegio Waldorf

International Schools in Peru
The Colegio Waldorf Lima is the oldest Waldorf School in Peru educating the children based on the pedagogical philosophy of Rudolf Steiner which emphasizes the role of imagination in learning and aims at integrating holistically the intellectual and the practical and artistic development of pupils
Waldorf School in Lima
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