The Winter break is over, we are all back to our new country, settling in on the everyday routine. If you have kids you might or might not be aware that for kids starting school in August 2018 enrollment must be done during the month of February 2018.

That means that if you are moving to SLP or just moved with school aged kids, you should be on the look out for schools right about now and be ready with a school picked up and all documentation required by the end of the month. With that in mind I have prepared a brief guide based on my own personal experience so that you all are prepared and can secure a spot for your little blessings in your school of choice.

Little Professor

Glossary of terms:

  • SEP: Stands for Secretaría de Educación Pública, it is the Mexican Education authority that oversees and regulates basic Education in Mexico.
  • Inscripciones: Enrollment
  • CURP: Stands for Clave Única de Registro de Población, is a personal ID Code Number used for both citizens and residents of México. This document is a must have for enrollment. It can be printed online but first one must get enrolled on the registry here.
  • Guardería: Daycare for babies and kids 45 days old up to three years old. Hours vary, they typically go from 9 am to 12 pm and some offer extended hours from 7 am until 5-6 pm.
  • Kinder: Preschool, this is when kids start formal education although only one year is required by law. For kids 3 to 5., Primaria: School for ages 6 to 12, Secundaria: School ages 12 to 15, Preparatoria: School for ages 15 to 18.

 

Public School System

I Interviewed a Local mom Jenn Guerrero who recently enrolled her daughter in a local public school. According to her account, the schools give out a pre-enrollment date, on that date one must show up and typically you are put on the list of enrollees, the family is interviewed and the kid is “evaluated”. After that the school provides an enrollment date where payment is completed and documentation submitted. Foreign kids are allowed to be enrolled in Mexican public schools.

 

Private Schools

San Luis Potosí is considered one of the best cities to raise children due in part to the number of schools it has. There are schools of all kinds and types, Bilingual, International, Constructivist, Montessori, Finnish, Pierre Faure, Traditional, All girls, All boys, Catholic and even some alternative education projects such as Amara  and Mauna Kea.

The process of finding the right school is fairly simple, pick your top schools, visit them (ASAP, remember enrollment starts on February 1st), ask for pricing, paperwork and other requirements and secure your spot (By paying the enrollment fee) as soon as possible.

Before the current school year ends you will be contacted by the school with the “lista de útiles escolares”. A long list of books and other school supplies that one must bring at a specific day (first day of school or sometimes a week or couple of days before).

Easy peasy, right? Well, here comes the tricky part, there are many expats and people from other Mexican states coming to SLP in recent years due to the industrial development momentum the city is having. I can assure you that there are enough schools for every kid in town, however, you might not be able to secure a spot in your school of preference. In that case make sure you get yourself on a waiting list and follow up every quarter to make yourself visible and make sure you are aware of any changes.

From what I see within the local expat community foreigners tend to favor Terranova, the only international school in SLP, Areté, Apostólica, Instituto Andes and Colegio del Bosque (same school but Andes for Boys and Bosque for Girls) and Sierra Vista. However these are just a few of the wide variety of options SLP has to offer, do your research and find what is best for your family.

Planning on homeschooling or unschooling? I suggest you join the community of homeschooling parents in SLP.

 

Note 1: Some private schools reserve a couple of spots for families moving in the middle of the school year.

Note 2: Rumor has it some private schools have reserved spots for foreigner families from certain large manufacturing plants.

Note 3: Validation of studies completed abroad: It is managed by each school, no need to submit any type of paperwork to the Education Authority (SEP).

Note 4: Once the school year start be prepared for LOTS of homework, the Mexican school system is way too heavy on homework, especially in schools using traditional methods.

 

Have you already enrolled your kids in a Mexican school? Was it an easy process? Let us know in the comments section.