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CABO SCHOOL SYSTEM
information obtained through icfdn.org
A high percentage of Baja California Sur’s budget is allocated to education, reflecting its status as a top priority for the state government. In 2003, a variety of government-sponsored sources invested approximately US$5.25 million into building 214 structures, renovating 80 structures, and equipping an additional 64 spaces dedicated to educational purposes. Further, in December 2003, US$2.84 million was allocated for additional programs (with an additional $785,176 being spent on pencils, notebooks, and teacher training) to improve educational equity and infrastructure. According to SEPE’s former administrator, Prof. Víctor Castro Cosío (current Municipal President of La Paz), the federal government must pay for 500 teaching positions that the state government is currently covering to ensure that each classroom has a teacher. The annual impact of this federal unfunded mandate is USD$2.78 million.
The state government’s response to students dropping out for financial reasons has been to increase the number of scholarships per year. During 2005, there were 23,718 scholarships (up from 23,102 scholarships in 2003-2004), and one out of every ten students had a scholarship. There is also a special scholarship program for pregnant women and girls who have not completed their general education. Thirty-three percent of the state’s population is part of the education system, ranging from primary education to the graduate level.
Addressing the domestic and foreign migration phenomenon is another important issue for the municipality’s educational services, as the 2000 census showed that almost half of the municipality’s population is originally from outside of the state. There is a clear need for informal education to accommodate the diverse social groups in the region so that people can better face social, economic, cultural, and labor issues.
Another interest is to improve the management of “volunteer fees” that parents contribute at the beginning of the school year to help with expenses to maintain the school. Not only are the fees mismanaged due to a lack of community oversight, but parents have expressed their discontent because some schools require these contributions in order to register the child and to deliver school reports, when such contributions are supposed to be voluntary. Because these are now matched by state programs, it is even more important to monitor these investments.
In Baja California Sur, a school is not limited to the education of a student population, but it also often functions as a de facto community center. It serves as a home for social gatherings, sports and cultural events, as well as a shelter in case of natural disasters. Authorities from the state system for civilian protection and SEPE assigned 64 school buildings to accommodate geographically and socially vulnerable people in case of hurricanes, a frequent phenomenon in the state during the second half of the year. In each school there is a sign indicating the number of people it can accommodate, as well as the corresponding surrounding neighborhoods.
Many ex-pat families living in Los Cabos prefer to either home-school, or enroll their children in local private schools in order to ‘immerse’ them in the culture and language. Though colleges here are more than adequate, ‘degrees’ are not classified here as they are north of the border. Frequently, for continued education after graduating 12th grade in Mexico, these now independent young adults will attend schools in the USA or Canada.
You’ll need to be aware that a certificate of completion is required after graduating 6th grade in mexico. Without it, your child will not be allowed to attend 7th grade classes, and it may be required for enrollment into higher education schools in the USA/Canada for children coming from the Mexican educational system.
Provided below is a partial list of private schools in the Los Cabos area. There are many public schools as well, which do not require attendance fees, but you should be aware that your child will be expected to have some spanish speaking skills to succeed, and cross-over bi-lingual classes are mandatory here. Sessions are required daily for spanish/english lessons whether the school is private or publicly funded. Classes run in shifts of 4-6 hours, and all students are required to wear uniforms specific to the school (and grade) they attend. A word of warning; the children here are allowed to experience life without fear for their safety. If you are renting a car for transportation, you must be very alert and aware that children will not be looking in both directions prior to crossing, and they will walk down the center of the street, due to a lack of sidewalks in many urban areas. If you find yourself in a school neighborhood, slow down;be alert;be prepared.
Additional detailed information can be found at the icfdn.org website
Colegio Amaranto (Eng/Spanish)Pre-kindergarten through 6thSan Jose del Cabo – Tel: (624) 145-8701
Colegio Particular Mariangel (Spanish) Pre-kindergarten through 6th.Cabo San Lucas, BCS – Tel: (624)143.2445
Centro Escolar Picacho/Colegio McGregor (Eng/Spanish)Pre-kindergarten-12San Jose del Cabo – Tel: (624) 144-5595
Instituto Internacional Libertad Pre-kindergarten-12San Jose del Cabo – Tel: (624) 142-0428
Colegio El Camino (Eng/Spanish)Kindergarten through 12th gradeCabo San Lucas – Tel: (624) 143-2100
Centro Educativo Integral Juan Bosco (Spanish)Grades 7-9Cabo San Lucas – Tel: (624) 173-0042 Cel: (624) 155-7918
Instituto Peninsular (Eng/Spanish)Grades 7-12San Jose del Cabo – Tel: (624) 104-3454
Instituto Baldor (Eng/Spanish)Grades 7-12San Jose del Cabo – Tel: (624) 104-3700
Los Cabos Jewish Community Hebrew SchoolCabo San Lucas – Tel: (624) 143-1951
Montessori Casa de Los Niños Cipactlicali (Spanish)Bilingual Kindergarten through 6th grade. Cabo San Lucas – Tel: (624) 144-4716 Cel: (624) 111-3236
Greengate School (Eng/Spanish) Cabo San Lucas – Tel: From U.S. & Canada: 011 521 624 168 6939
From Mexico: 044 624 168 email@example.com/http://www.greengateschoolcabo.com/index.html