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With a low cost of living, incredible natural landscape and welcoming locals, it’s hard not to fall in love with expat life in Quito. Ecuador’s capital city is the place to be in terms of employment and education, with a choice of international schools for expat families to consider.

In fact, the international school scene in Ecuador is almost entirely based in Quito. While the two other big cities in the country - Guayaquil and Cuenca - do have a small number of international schools, the biggest choice and best schools are located in the capital.

Public education in Ecuador is free, but unfortunately the standards of education are much lower than other parts of the world. Furthermore, the language of instruction is Spanish. This can be a significant issue for many expat families coming from outside South America. As a result, international schooling is usually the only (or best) option for expats with school-going children.

The majority of locals in Quito speak Spanish, but English is not very widespread. It’s advisable to learn at least a few basic phrases in Spanish before you move. Luckily many of Quito’s international schools offer Spanish as an additional language, so your child will have plenty of opportunities to gain an understanding of it.

In Quito the summer months are November, December and January. The academic year for public schools runs from April to December, and some international schools in the city reflect this. However others choose to mirror the academic year followed by international schools in the rest of the world, which begins in September/October and runs until June/July.

The choice of curricula in Quito’s international schools reflects the range of expats living in the city. Most schools teach either the International Baccalaureate, the American or the British curriculum, although some schools offer more than one. The German and French curricula are also represented.

Quito is nestled between mountains, stretching north, south and east on a narrow sliver of land. Most of the city’s international schools are located to the north or east, in areas such as Carcelen, Cumbaya, Los Laureles and La Carolina. Most schools offer a school bus to pick up/drop off students in the surrounding neighbourhoods.

All of Quito’s international schools cater for children right up until age 18. Your child will receive a full primary and secondary education and be well prepared for heading to university anywhere in the world. Most schools take in children from age 3, although some accept children even younger for nursery school. Extracurricular activities are common, although they may not be included in the yearly fees you pay.

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

Best 5 International Schools in Quito

Out of a total of 10 International Schools in Quito.

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

Academia Cotopaxi American International School

Established in 1959, we are a non-profit, co-educational day school that welcomes children from Preschool to Grade 12. We are an English-based international learning community that promotes inclusion and diversity, embraces innovation and a culture of collaboration, and inspires empathetic and ethical leaders.
Academia Cotopaxi is known for its unique access to an international and accepting community where inquiry is a part of each child’s journey. Our child-centered approach allows us to personalize their learning, nurture their critical thinking and coach them to take ownership of their learning.
We are an IB school. We follow the Primary Years Program (PYP) in the younger grades and the Diploma Program (DP) in High School. We are aligned with AERO standards and are a member of the Common Ground Collaborative (CGC).
Academia Cotopaxi is a community that believes in each child and is committed to providing a positive and rewarding experience. Our resources for learning are extensive with highly skilled teachers, a comprehensive arts program, innovative programs like Design Tech and Robotics, and our accreditations from leading learning organizations, New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) and the Ecuadorian Ministry of Education.
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Academia Cotopaxi (AC) affiliates include:
IMAGINE - Preschool Program by AC - https://imagine.cotopaxi.k12.ec/
The ONE Institute – Language Learning Center by AC - http://www.theoneinstitute.com.ec/
Curriculum
IB, American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
1 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.

Alliance Academy International

The Alliance Academy International was founded in 1929 to provide a quality,U.S. style education for the children of missionaries from across Latin America.Since then, the school has grown significantly and we can serve up to 600 students on our Quito campus from Preschool 3 through 12th grade. Today the majority of our students come from Ecuador and the United States but we continue to educate students from many other cultural backgrounds.
Curriculum
American, Christian
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.

British School Quito

British School Quito is Ecuador's only truly British international school, where the English National Curriculum is taught with strong links to local language and culture. BSQ is proud of its joint British-Ecuadorian roots and has a very strong reputation in the local and international community. The curriculum is student-centred, so that each individual can reach their full potential.
BSQ's students prepare for the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (iGCSE) in Years 10 and 11, and the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Years 12 and 13 and achieve results above the world averages. Many graduates go to the world's top universities.
Curriculum
IB, British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.

Colegio Einstein

Founded in 1973, Colegio Einstein was created to deliver international education for the Ecuadorian community. It fosters an environment in which all members of the Einstein family belong, learn, grow, and serve.
Curriculum
IB, American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2023/2024
from: $6,890
to: $9,390

Colegio Americano de Quito

Colegio Americano de Quito is a mixed, private, secular and non-profit institution.
Curriculum
IB, American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.

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