American Kids and Cozumel Schools
Posted 15 August 2010 - 01:18 PM
She has some basic Spanish, so that should help her a little. My main concer is her transfering back to Vermont afterwards. Has anyone moved back to the states with school age kids after they attended school here? I just want to be sure that she will not actually lose a year of school credit.
Any certain schools that you would recommend, I live near 30 and Calle 17.
Posted 15 August 2010 - 01:52 PM
This is all stateside research. Do that first and then ask about schools here. People usually send their kids back to the states for middle and high school if they have citzenship and can do so. Not the other way around. The only advantage I can see if she would pick up Spanish fluency which is a not insignificant skill set to have in the US in this day and age.
Posted 15 August 2010 - 02:26 PM
The biggest advantage is for me to get to know my Grand Child better. I am closer to my youngest grand baby then to any of the older ones, because while my 2 older Children were raising kids...so was I. There is 22 years between my oldest and youngest.
This will give us the time to know each other better. She also loves taking Spanish so that will also help. And Kaytieanne say's it will be nice to have 12 months of summer instead of 1 month..lol
Posted 15 August 2010 - 03:08 PM
With some authority we can say that there is a shortage of qualified schools, teachers and directors, both spanish and english speaking, here on Cozumel. the only school that we think would meet your needs would be:
Location: Calle 17 Bis Sur between Avenidas 40 and 45,
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 987- 869-2176
Most of the other private schools have 1 or 2 good teachers, but over all are lacking....... I would avoid them even if they were free, My son quaified for "scholastic scholarships" for 8 of the last 9 years and last year and 1/2 we went with "public schools" with outside "math tutoring". For high school, we are going with home schooling/escuela abierta, following a SEP(Secretaría de Educación Pública) federal mandated program.
Posted 15 August 2010 - 03:30 PM
The fact that Laura, a true educational professional, chose to homeschool Benjamin says a lot about the current state of the school system here. I have heard and read that there tends to be a preponderance of busy work, lots and lots of homework and lots of rote learning opportunities.
If you want to consider your grandchild's best interests, I think I'd leave her where she is and see her in the summer on Cozumel.
Or homeschool her if you feel up to the job. You won't get a more definitive answer than you just got from Traveler, let me tell you!
Posted 15 August 2010 - 04:12 PM
Posted 15 August 2010 - 04:31 PM
Posted 15 August 2010 - 08:10 PM
i know that some of this info is not relavant to this person's specific request, but i posted it for those who may be lurking for different ages.
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Posted 15 August 2010 - 11:11 PM
Posted 16 August 2010 - 08:34 AM
Our daughter went through 7 years of Montessori and I produced a 12 part children's music vid series based on the tenets of the method. So I'm very familiar with the system as well and can't say enough good things about it.
Interestingly, the series is a huge hit with parents of autistic children. So, just for general information and in line with what Nauticab already attested, if you have a child with autism or ADHD, Montessori is ALSO something you may want to consider.
On a side note and to show what a small world we live in, Nauticab's aunt was one of the Montessori teachers I used as a consultant when I developed the Preschool Power! series back in the 90's.
Posted 16 August 2010 - 11:38 AM
Perhaps, some enterprising folks will develop a curriculum here that is based on this educational philosophy for upper grades here.
If it where me, I would work with the school in Vermont to see if they had an established program for education overseas. That way you know what elements of her education are necessary, and mandatory so that she does not loose traction in her education when she returns home. It will also tell you what you will need to do to supplement her eduction if necessary.
Not knowing the level of education here, nor what the curriculum is, and how it tracks to her US education, I would be very concerned. This one year "experience" may work out, or it may put her at a disadvantage further down the road when she returns home.
Also, aren't the US schools starting class within the next week or two?
The most important thing in life is not knowing everything, it's having the phone number of somebody who does!
Posted 16 August 2010 - 01:53 PM
Posted 16 August 2010 - 02:01 PM
We all have to make sacrifices for our kiddos -- or in this case grand kiddoes.
AJ and I, for example, delayed our move to Cozumel two years even though we already had a home here ready to move into and had sold our house in the states. We lived in an apartment for two years so our daughter could take two years of advanced placement courses in NC and get a scholarship to a good college.
The kiddo comes first in my book.
Posted 16 August 2010 - 02:13 PM
Posted 16 August 2010 - 07:27 PM
There are some decent curricula available on line if you are interested in homeschooling your granddaughter. Then she may not have to be held back. I agree that your local school would be the best source of info.
Posted 18 August 2010 - 05:59 PM
If it was me (which it's not), I'd ask my daughter (or your grand-daughter) how she would feel about having to repeat 8th grade when she gets home. If she is mature enough to want to study in a foreign country and leave her friends for a year, she might not mind having to do 8th grade when she gets back to the US. I think the experience of living in a different culture for a year might be worth being behind a grade when she returns. I think life experience outweighs anything taught in a classroom.
Alternatively, she could do the minimum requirements for Vermont online while she is here, so she isn't behind when she returns. Might cut into the social scene, as she would be doing double school, but if she wants to enter 9th grade when she gets back, it might be worth it. Depends on her personality. www.k12.com is accredited by most states as an online alternative to traditional school and some states will even cover the cost.
I wouldn't worry about colleges seeing her "year off" as a problem, only an asset. Foreign study/exchange students have a broader world perspective than their peers that set them apart. Not to mention total immersion into another language is an awesome advantage that can only help her in the long haul.
Like I said, my 2 cents on the subject. Good luck to you and your granddaughter, she's lucky to have an opportunity like this!!
Posted 18 August 2010 - 06:13 PM
Posted 18 August 2010 - 07:34 PM
For primaria (1st-4th grade) the tuition is 32,712 pesos/year, this doesn't include uniforms, books, or extras. I am assuming that the secundaria is more.
I walked right in with no notice and told them I wanted to sit in on a class, and they were very accommodating. I walked out with a packet of information (in Spanish) and a great feeling about the school. I worked with Ms. Jimena to test/place my daughter in March. Her teachers were great and made our big move a lot easier. I was worried about the daily "I hate school" battle, and it never came up, in large part because of the loving and kid focused environment that they create.
The address is Calle 17 Sur between 40 and 45 Av. phone #987-869-2176 or 869-2177. I recommend popping in and speaking with Ms. Jimena about your situation to get her take on the situation (she speaks perfect English).
Let me know if you need any other info!!
Posted 18 August 2010 - 08:39 PM
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