List of schools in the Dominican
Public Schools in the Dominican Republic
The primary language of instruction in public schools in the Dominican Republic
is Spanish. There are generally not enough teachers, facilities or funding to
meet the demands of the unusually large Dominican school-age population. Many
private and religious schools supplement the state-financed schools. Children
aged 7 to 14 years are required to attend, and almost every large community has
elementary and secondary schools.
The University of Santo Domingo is the oldest university in the Americas; it was
founded in 1538.
Going to school in English
Instruction in foreign languages is available in Dominican schools for children
of all ages. Curriculum is available in Spanish and other languages. Some
schools will offer education in one language whilst others may be bilingual.
While there are students enrolled from all over the world, the majority is
Dominican. This means that much of the school’s informal social life will take
place in Spanish, regardless of the educational facility’s policies.
Private schools in the Dominican Republic normally have the medium of
instruction in English and usually take children from many nationalities.
Students must meet a certain level of English fluency for entrance. The school
year is normally divided into two semesters which begin in mid-late August and
finish early-mid June.
Tuition fees for students vary from school to school, the maximum being US$7,000
per academic year. As a general rule the older the child, the higher the fees.
There may be additional charges for school lunches, uniforms and schoolbooks and
Will their qualifications be valid once we leave the Dominican Republic?
Schools which are accredited by the Dominican Ministry of Education offer
certificates which are valid for entrance to Dominican, European and US
universities. However, students planning to undertake higher education in the US
may wish to attend a school which has been accredited by the US Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Those interested in studying in
Europe, should consider a school where the International Baccaulaureate
curriculum is used.
Are there English or bilingual schools outside Santo Domingo?
Education in English is available outside of Santo Domingo in most regions; La
Romana, Santiago, Punta Cana and Puerto Plata.
Santiago Christian School
The only fully US accredited school in Santiago. All classes are in English with
most teachers from the US (Pre-K through 12th grade) although all students must
take Spanish as either a second or first language and Dominican students must
take Dominican social studies/history in Spanish. The majority of students are
Dominican, and about 25% are from the US with no Dominican parent. This school
is very similar to what you would find in the States in terms of classroom
order, homework worksheets, etc. This is an Evangelical school but the majority
of students are Catholic. Bible classes are required.
It is located off the main highway near the Rica factory, just past the new
Tuition (includes registration fees but not admission fees or multi child
Kinder-5th: RD$114940RD (US$3,591)
6th-8th: RD$164,191 (US$5,130)
Offers Pre-K through Grade 12, located downtown, close to the Malecon.
Oldest, and respected school, religious (Catholic) influences.
Spanish speaking, many foreigners attend this school nonetheless.
Costs about RD$2,000 per month, excl. books, uniforms, meals and registration
Offers Pre-K through Grade 12, located downtown.
Spanish speaking, with about 10% foreigners.
English and French lessons.
Costs about RD$1,200 per month, excl. books, uniforms, meals and registration
Colegio San José
Most respected school in the city, Pre-K through Grade 12.
Spanish speaking only, with English and French lessons
A lot of practical work, outdoor education combined with classroom education.
Costs approx. RD$2,500 per month. Excl. meals, uniforms, books and registration
Alic New World School
Grades Pre-K through Grade 12.
Bilingual school, not all teachers are educated, certified teachers though
(usually the foreigners are not, and the local teachers are )
French lessons offered.
Costs around RD$2,500 per month, excl. books, uniforms, meals and registration
Colegio Carlos Maria Hernandez
Offers Pre-K through Grade 12, small children in a separate building.
Located on Avenida 27 de Febrero, close to Tropical supermarket.
Spanish Speaking. Several foreigners attending this school.
Non-religious. Good reputation.
Costs around RD$1,500 per month, excl. books, uniforms, meals and registration
Torre Alta Montessori School
Pre-school located in Torre Alta area of Puerto Plata.
Half days, bilingual. Good reputation.
Costs around RD$5,000 per month excl. meals, diapers, etc.
Small school, close to supermercado Jose Luis.
Only half day, religious (Evangelical) and Spanish speaking.
Quite a lot of foreigners put their children here, if they live close by, to
allow them to learn the language and integrate into the local social life.
Costs around RD$400 per month, excl. books, uniforms (shirts only here) and
Located close to the fire station.
For children with learning difficulties.
Pre-school Hermanas Pierret
Located by Parque Luperon downtown.
Solid school with good reputation.
John’s English School
Afternoon/evening English language school.
Located close to the cemetery.
Foreigners and Dominican children, grade 1-9.
Many foreigners have this as a supplement, to keep their children’s English
alive and correct.
Colegio Mary Lithgow
Large school on Calle Kennedy downtown.
Offers pre-K through grade 12.
Good reputation, and a few foreigners attending.
Religious influences (Evangelical).
Costs around RD$2,000 per month excl. books, uniforms, meals and registration
Escuela De Educación Especial
Located by Parque Luperon, in the Victorian building where Arthur Roderick (the
architect who designed Central Park and most of Puerto Plata’s Victorian
School for children with special needs. Good reputation.
The Garden Kids School
Children aged 5–11 years (pre-kindergarten to Grade 4).
The International School of Sosua
ISS is accredited by SACS, located in Sosua, and serves the communities of
Sosua, Cabarete, and Puerto Plata. It has Grades Pre-K through Grade 12 and
offers diploma programs from both the US and Dominican Republic. Courses are
taught in English and teachers are certified in their field.
ABC (Americas Bi-cultural Academy)
Bilingual, pre-school to bachillerato, traditional style
Calle Fernando Valeria, Ens. La Julia, Santo Domingo
DR Education Ministry, internationally recognized
Tels (809) 535 3371/535 3376/535 3354/533 0056
Fax (809) 535 3342
Cost: RD$92,000 (2005-6) varies according to grade.
Bilingual, pre-school to bachillerato
US curriculum, accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Ave. Sarasota 51, Santo Domingo
Tel. (809) 533 4915
Cost: US$4000 per annum (2007-7) varies according to grade.
St Patrick School
Bilingual, US curriculum, pre-school to bachillerato
Calle Jose Andres Aybar Castellanos 163
La Esperilla, Santo Domingo
Tel. (809) 567 5995
The rates are RD$53,000 for nursery - kindergarten, RD$73,000 for grades 1
through 6, and RD$93,000 for grades 7 through 12. The instruction is in English,
but there is also a bilingual option. The school is very international, with
many students having a foreign-born parent.
St Michael’s School
Primary and secondary
Bilingual, US curriculum
H Incháustegui 8, Piantini
Cost: US$ 4,000 – 5,500 per annum, depending on grade and payment plan (2007-7)
St Joseph School
Pre-school to bachillerato
Bilingual, US curriculum
Roberto Pastoriza 701 (Primary) Rafael F Bonelli 6 (Pre-School)
Tels: (809) 540 8992, 732 3270
Fax: (809) 540 8267
Cost: no details available (under RD$100,000 per annum).
Centro Pedagogico Infantil Maria Montessori
Pre-school and primary
Montessori education in Spanish with bilingual option
Calle Francisco Prats Ramirez esq Olegario Tenares
Tels: (809) 530 1837,8
Fax: (809) 530 1978
Cost: RD$33,000 to 82,000 per annum depending on grade, payment plan and
Spanish/bilingual option (2005-6).
Pre-school to bachillerato
Bilingual, US curriculum, accredited by recognized US educational body
(Instituto Cultural Domínico-Americano)
Ave. Abraham Lincoln 21
Tel: (809) 535 0665
The Community for Learning
Bilingual, pre-school to bachillerato
Carretera La Isabela #101
La Meseta de Arroyo Hondo
Tel: (809) 563 2708
Cost: over RD$100,000 per annum (approx).
St George School
Calle Porfirio Herrera #6 casi
Ave. Abraham Lincoln
preschool through high school, and 2 years pre-university studies
Bilingual, and accredited in the US
Cost is about RD$12,000 per month
Von Wedel Montessori School
Calle 4, #21
Entre calles 3 y 5
Santo Domingo ESTE
Bilingual, Montessori pre-school and kindergarten.
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