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Lima, Peru’s capital city, is attracting an increasing number of expats nowadays thanks to economic growth, improved infrastructure, and many other factors. But for expat families in particular, one big roadblock remains: education.

Peru’s public education system needs a lot of improvement. While the economy has gotten better in recent years, school facilities and teaching standards, even in Lima, are not the same as you see in other world regions. International schools are often the best option for expats, so here’s what you need to know.

Most international schools in Peru are in Lima, but you’ll find some in other large cities like Arequipa or Cusco. Most of Lima’s international schools are situated south of the city centre in neighbourhoods such as Surquillo, Monterrico and San Juan Bautista. Some schools provide a school bus to the surrounding neighbourhoods, but it’s not a standard feature.

Peru has a very young population. Public schools tend to be crowded, so many Peruvian families who can afford it will send their child to an international school. This means that competition for school places can be high. On the plus side however, it also means your child gets a chance to mingle with local kids too.

By law, all schools in Peru must incorporate the Peruvian curriculum into their teaching. So it’s not uncommon for international schools in Lima to offer multiple curricula. This usually ends up being the International Baccalaureate, the Peruvian curriculum and the curriculum from the country the school is associated with (British, French, German, Swiss, American - there’s a wide choice here).

Part of this Peruvian curriculum requirement includes teaching through Spanish, as well as lessons on Peruvian history and social studies. As a result bilingual international schools are very common in Lima. English and Spanish is the most common bilingual combination.

Lima’s international schools tend to be larger than average - some could have up to 2,000 students. However class sizes remain reasonable with around 25 students per class (sometimes less). Native English and Spanish speaking teachers are a standard feature, as are extracurricular programs.

The admissions process for a typical international school in Lima is rigorous. You’ll be asked for previous academic reports, your child will need to sit an entrance exam, you will be interviewed by a member of staff, and you may have to pay a one-off admission fee. That’s just the start - schools often require additional documentation too such as a letter of recommendation, income certificates and more.

For some reason the once-off admission fee is often charged in US dollars, but the monthly tuition fees and yearly enrollment fees are charged in Peruvian soles. Remember to double-check this when you’re looking at school costs. Also keep in mind that in some schools, you will be expected to cover the cost of school books and materials yourself.

Below, we have compiled our top 10 international schools in Lima. However, there are another 12 schools to choose from in the city. You can find the best international school for your child by personalising your results. Just fill in your search criteria, and we will calculate a personal score for every international school in Lima based on your requirements.

Best 10 International Schools in Lima

Out of a total of 22 International Schools in Lima.

Based on the aggregated preferences of our users in the last 30 days.

Casuarinas International College

Since its founding, Casuarinas International College has experienced a process of innovation and continuous improvement in order to fulfill the educational demands that arose from social, scientific and technological changes; as well as the challenges of a globalized world, within an environment of joy, compromise and good spirit.
Curriculum
IB, British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
1 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.
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Hiram Bingham, The British International School of Lima

Hiram Bingham, The British International School of Lima, offers a multilingual and international education through an inquiry-based curriculum inspired by British education. HB has professional staff, students who are eager to learn and committed families who interact in a positive, caring and safe environment.
Curriculum
IB, British
Languages of instruction
English, Spanish
Ages
3 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.
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Colegio Pestalozzi (Swiss School)

Colegio Pestalozzi (Swiss School) is a Swiss international school. It serves preschool through high school.
Curriculum
IB, Swiss, Peruvian
Languages of instruction
German, Spanish
Ages
4 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.
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St. George's College

We are a bilingual educational institution with British bases committed to form people with values that can be part of a globalize world.
Curriculum
IB, British
Languages of instruction
English, Spanish
Ages
3 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.
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Colegio Italiano Antonio Raimondi

Colegio Italiano Antonio Raimondi is a bicultural school with renowned educational past, which imparts a democratic education, focused on the development of the human person, in the framework of knowledge and appreciation of Italian and Peruvian cultures.
Curriculum
Peruvian, Italian
Languages of instruction
English, Italian, Spanish
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2018/2019
from: S/. 0
to: S/. 27,390
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Colegio Franklin Delano Roosevelt, The American School of Lima

The American School of Lima, is an independent international school providing a college preparatory program in English for students from age 3 through grade 12.
Curriculum
IB, American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: S/. 58,158
to: S/. 65,894
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Markham College

Markham College is one of Peru’s leading schools, helping students reach their full potential. Markham provides a bilingual education leading to a high degree of success in international public examinations.
Markham values honesty, hard work, compassion, community responsibility and respect and instils this in its pupils from an early age to help them become successful, highly skilled, positive and adaptable young adults.
Curriculum
IB
Languages of instruction
English, Spanish
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2019/2020
from: S/. 37,192
to: S/. 46,490
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San Silvestre School

San Silvestre School is a prestigious private all-girls British school and academic excellence is our hallmark.
San Silvestre School takes pride in providing a well-balanced education which places the formation of the values of the child at the centre. San Silvestre believes in creating a warm caring environment where the girls can develop their individual personalities and talents such that they are prepared to take their place in a global society.
Curriculum
IB, British, Peruvian
Languages of instruction
English, Spanish
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: S/. 32,100
to: S/. 37,350
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Monterrico Christian School

Monterrico Christian School is an international school in Lima, Peru. We offer English immersion in Early Years and Primary, and a bilingual approach in Secondary.
Curriculum
Christian, International
Languages of instruction
English, Spanish
Ages
3 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.
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International Christian School of Lima

International Christian School of Lima is an independent, tuition-based, co-educational day school that offers an international curriculum for expatriates from kindergarten through grade twelve residing in and around Lima.
Curriculum
American, Christian
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: S/. 28,784
to: S/. 44,616
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