International Education in Mexico City
International schools in Mexico City have existed in some shape or form since way back in 1888. The city has a truly admirable variety of international schools, offering a range of educational choices and curricula.
With plenty of international schools to choose from, your search for a suitable school in Mexico City need not be about picking ‘the best one’. The city has a number of excellent schools that could all be considered among the best. Instead, you should focus on which international school best meets your child’s and your family’s needs.
Commuting in Mexico City is no joke. Depending on your start and end point, a commute of 2 hours or more is not uncommon. So like it or not, location will be an important factor of your international school search. A school located relatively close to your home or workplace may make life easier for the whole family. Some schools do provide a bus service to help with the commuting burden, but not all.
As for specific locations, there are plenty of international schools dotted throughout Mexico City. Most are located west or south west of the city centre, but don’t worry - Mexico City is huge, and ‘west to south west’ still covers a very large area.
Some areas to look out for include the western end of Avenida Paseo de la Reforma and Avenida Paseo de las Palmas, Santa Fe, and around the military base 10km west of the city centre. This is just a small sample however; there are many more international schools spread through this sprawling city.
Some international schools in Mexico City can have a student body of 1000+ students, while some have just a few hundred students in total. Either way, class sizes remain small with 15 - 25 students per class considered average. Native English-speaking teachers are the norm in almost all international schools, as are extracurricular programs and all the other features you’d expect from a school of this type.
Next, there’s the issue of curriculum. Mexico City’s international schools and their curricula represent a wide spectrum, from the globally recognised International Baccalaureate to a selection from across Europe, America and of course Mexico. Teaching is often bilingual, with classes offered in both English and Spanish. Religious schools (Christian, Catholic and even Jewish) are also quite common in the city.
While public schools in Mexico City are free, they are often overcrowded. That’s why many local families who can afford to do so will send their children to international or private schools, where class sizes are much smaller and teaching standards higher. No matter what international school you choose, you can expect to find a lot of local as well as international students. In fact in many schools, local students outnumber expat children by quite a lot.
Below, we have compiled our top 10 international schools in Mexico City. However, there are another 13 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 Mexico City based on your requirements.