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With the Panama Canal ensuring a thriving economy, it’s no wonder Panama is increasingly popular among expats. The country leads the way in many respects for Central America, and not just with its economy. Among many other things, you’ll find the best international schools in the region here.

The majority of international schools in Panama are located in the capital, Panama City. You’ll find some in other cities like Colon and David, but the choice available won’t be as good as here. Schools are spread across the capital city, with a cluster near Tocumen International Airport, some next to urban forest areas north of the city centre, and some located in the heart of the city itself.

You should keep in mind, however, that this broad spread of schools across the city could create a challenging commute. Remember to consider where you will be living in Panama before choosing a school. If you don’t know which part of the city you’ll be living in, consider some areas where you would like to live and try to find out how the commute would work from there. Most schools offer a bus service for students which should help.

The majority of Panama City’s international schools teach through English, with some offering a choice of instruction through English or Spanish. So if your child hasn’t started learning the local language yet, this is a great way for them to catch up. The most well-known schools in the city have native English-speaking teachers, but this can be hit-and-miss in some of the newer, lesser known international schools.

The school calendar may follow Panama’s public schools and run from February to December, (November to January are the summer months in this part of the world). Alternatively, many schools choose to follow the typical calendar of the international school’s country; i.e. a British or American international school will take a summer break during the British/American summer months, from June to August.

Like international schools all over the world, Panama City’s international schools have small class sizes to encourage student-teacher engagement and hands-on learning. 25 students or less per class is the norm here. You’ll find a mix of nationalities among the student body, with a relatively small number of local students (usually around 10-25%).

Although international schools in Panama City aren’t strictly religious, it’s important to know that the vast majority of Panama’s population are Roman Catholic. Religion plays a very important part in people’s daily lives. You should expect this to enter into school life in some way, especially if there is a high number of native teachers and staff in the school. That said, religious activities should not be forced upon your child and will usually be optional.

Below, we have compiled the top 5 international schools in Panama City according to our users. However, there are another 11 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 Panama City based on your requirements.

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Metropolitan School of Panama

The Metropolitan School of Panama offers a world-class academic program for students in Early Childhood 3 through 12th grade. With students hailing from over 45 different nationalities, our school is enriched by the wealth of its diverse community.
Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2023/2024
from: 11,909 B/.
to: 19,651 B/.
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Best 5 International Schools in Panama City

Out of a total of 16 International Schools in Panama City.

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

Colegio Alemán del Istmo

Colegio Alemán Del Istmo is a German International School in Panama City with a trilingual curriculum: German, English and Spanish.
Curriculum
German, International
Languages of instruction
English, German, Spanish
Ages
2 to 14
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: 5,750 B/.
to: 10,405 B/.

The Casco School

The Casco School is a boutique British school based in Panama. We offer an internationally recognized British bilingual curriculum that encourages students’ academic, personal and social growth. We welcome familites of all nationatities who wish their children to be educated in a caring, internationally minded and learning focused environment. Across three locations we offer Pre School, Primary, Secondary and Sixth Form for ages 2-17.
The school is fully bilingual with fluent speaking teachers in both English and Spanish. We follow both the British National Curriculum and the MEDUCA Curriculum. Based on the British school system, our learning philosophy at The Casco School provides a range of learning experiences, developing a broad skill set along with high academic standards. Social development is of high importance, and our small groups allow us to support children through personalised learning. We also offer an after-school program with, among others, French and robotics classes.

Our school year is based on the international school calendar, and we accept students throughout the year. The academic year starts in September until June with summer camp running in July.
Please visit our websites, www.thecascoschool and www.thecascohighschool.com, for more information.
Curriculum
British
Languages of instruction
English, Spanish
Ages
2 to 17
Yearly fees - 2023/2024
from: 6,989 B/.
to: 8,486 B/.

TRAIL School

Our school’s founders are from the United States. They brought the culture and mentality of the school being a large part of the community’s life and offering students an academic and life experience not normally seen in Panama.
Curriculum
American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 15
Yearly fees - 2023/2024
from: 6,303 B/.
to: 9,305 B/.

Boston School International

Boston School International is a private international bilingual, college preparatory, IB World School school in Panama.
Curriculum
IB
Languages of instruction
English, Spanish
Ages
3 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.

Lycée Français International de Panama

The Liceo Francés Internacional de Panama is a plurilingual school. We offer education in French, English and Spanish to 480 students form over 40 differents countries. We are part of the AEFE, he Agency for French Education Abroad (www.aefe.fr), an institution supervised by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs that coordinates and supports nearly 522 schools in 139 countries.
Curriculum
French
Language of instruction
French
Ages
2 to 18
Yearly fees - 2023/2024
from: 6,614 B/.
to: 9,372 B/.

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