You will find below a list of the most popular international and bilingual schools for expats in Aruba with fee information. It includes nursery schools, primary and secondary (high) schools and you will find the right school to prepare for International Baccalaureate, and other diploma in Aruba. Some schools may follow the American or British curriculums with English speaking programs.
International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student (multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff). There may be some local population, but the schools are geared for an international student body. Schools usually follow a curriculum model from the US, UK, France, Canada or Australia/New Zealand. Primary instruction may be any language (and multiple languages are usually taught), but it is usually in English, French, Spanish, German, or Japanese. Many schools provide similar standards of schooling around the globe, providing for an easy transition between schools whether they are in France or Vietnam. Schools often provide internationally accepted accreditation such as the international baccalaureate.
Admission and enrollment procedures vary from school to school. Space is often limited and preference may be given to students based on nationality. Tuition tends to be expensive based on local standards, but offers high standards of learning, boast smaller class sizes, first-rate facilities, and extracurricular. Boarding facilities are available at some schools, but most only provide day classes.
The literacy rate in Aruba is 98%, however education is not compulsory. The Aruban education system is modeled on the Dutch system.
The CoIS (Council of International Schools) is a non-profit association of international schools and post-secondary institutions which provides educational accreditation, teacher and leadership recruitment services, links to higher education, governance assistance and help with founding new schools.
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), a U.S. State Department agency. Tri-Association is The Association of American Schools of Central America which accrediting Colombia, Caribbean, and Mexico. Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE) offers overview for curriculum. Nederlands Onderwijs in het Buitenland (NOB) is the Foundation for Dutch Education Worldwide.
International School of Aruba (ISA)
Address: Wayaca 238A
Annual Tuition Rates: 13,600 - 30,100 Aruban Florin (AWG)
This English language school offers montessori, elementary, middle school, and high school. This is the only school on the island with both a Native Spanish Language Program and a Native Dutch Language Program. Both programs enable students to study their respective languages as they would in their home countries: writing essays as well as reading classic and modern literature. The school is accredited by SACS, AAIE, NOB.
Beautiful Sun Monterossi School
Address: Balashi Web 6
Tel: (297) 7389277
Annual Tuition Rates: Inquire at school
This is the first dedicated Montessori school in Aruba serving children ages 3-6. It offers a fully bilingual program (English and Dutch) combined with an integrated and rich learning curriculum in subjects such as language (reading and writing), mathematics, science, geography, music and art.