If you’re moving to Puerto Rico with kids or already live here, great chances are you’d not only want the best education for your children, but one that’s affordable and an easy transition for your child. Puerto Rico boasts a 94% literacy rate and some of the highest college rates in the world. Education is given top priority on the island so much so that this sector receives 40% of budget spending, though much of that doesn’t actually go to the schools.
There are over 44 universities, 1530 public schools and 570 private schools, with most located in the capital, San Juan. The primary language in most schools is Spanish, with some institutions offering English as a primary language and many that are bilingual. Public schools are free for the residents of Puerto Rico, but vary greatly in quality. They also are predominantly Spanish speaking which can be a difficult transition for kids coming from the U.S.
Below your will find a long list of the best private schools in Puerto Rico (in alphabetical order). Do you have a top school that you would like to add to the list? Please comment in the section below.
General school stats:
- The school term starts in August through mid-December and January through late May.
- Puerto Rico is the #25 largest school system in the United States.
- There are 23 special education schools.
- The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 is less than the 14:1 national average.
The Best Private Schools
Academia Menonita – Located on the outskirts of San Juan, in Guaynabo, this school was founded in the Mennonite doctrine. It teaches in English with an emphasis on Spanish arts and spiritual teachings.
Academia Perpetuo Socorro – If you’re looking for a private school, Perpetuo Socorro in the Miramar neighborhood is a great institution to investigate. Founded in 1921, this bilingual Catholic school offers a varied mix of courses including English, Spanish, math, science, religion, music and math. They offer elementary as well as secondary school courses and admissions begin February 11th to April 14, 2015. Yearly tuition runs between $7,500 and $9,000.