While schools in Mexico offer many similarities to those in other countries, there are some differences worth noting.
The start time and duration of the typical school day in Mexico may vary, depending on the grade level of the student. For example, preschool usually starts at 9:00 a.m. and lasts until 1:00 p.m.; however, elementary and high school can start around 8:00 a.m. and go until 2:00 p.m.
Students in public and religious schools wear uniforms, but those in private schools do not.
Students have the choice whether or not they want to bring their lunch. Many schools have cafeterias where they can purchase a lunch the school is serving that day.
In addition to the one-day holiday breaks during the school year, students also have off for Christmas break, spring break, and summer vacation.
Expatriates are often surprised at how competitive and in-demand international schools are, with many having waiting lists. Unfortunately, neither Destination Service Consultants nor Corporate Executives have any pull in the school systems. Parents must follow the strict protocols private schools place on the admissions process. Admissions evaluations are performed on set dates throughout the year, with February generally being the busiest time for admissions.
The following steps are recommended so parents can avoid surprises or disappointments regarding school placements:
- Research schools online as soon as the relocation assignment is offered
- Apply online in advance to the homefinding tour
- Apply to more than one school
- Be prepared to act on acceptance with short notice, as admittance is on a rolling basis and availability is subject to frequent changes
- Be ready to talk to schools directly regarding individual student applications; schools will only talk to parents and guardians
With an understanding of the school system, advance preparation, and contacting schools as soon as possible, relocating families can increase their chances of securing schooling for their children in a timely matter.
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