International Schools in Uruguay

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You will find below a list of the most popular international and bilingual schools for expats in Uruguay with fee information. The list includes nursery schools, primary and secondary (high) schools for you to find the right school to prepare for the International Baccalaureate and other accreditation in Uruguay. Some schools may follow the American or British curriculums with English speaking programs while others are regulated under the French, German or Italian language and system.

Education in Uruguay

Education is compulsory and free for all children aged 6 to 14. Uruguay has an enviable record of compliance as well as of the high number of primary school pupils who enrol in secondary school.

Children enter the school at age of 6 where they receive their grounding in academic subjects.

Primary education in Uruguay is free and compulsory; it encompasses six years of instruction.

General education in secondary schools encompassed six years of instruction divided into two three-year cycles. The first, or basic, cycle is compulsory; the second cycle is geared to university preparation.

Education System in Uruguay:

  • Pre-Primary education: 3 years. Students aged 3 to 5 years.
  • Primary education: 6 years. Students aged 6 to 12 years.
  • Secondary education (Liceo):
    • Basic cycle: 3 years. Students aged 12 to 14 years.
    • Baccalaureate (bachillerato): 3 years. Students aged 14 to 17 years.
  • Vocational Education or University studies

International Schools

International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student (multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff) in Uruguay. Many schools provide similar standards of schooling around the globe, providing for an easy transition between schools whether they are in France or Vietnam. There may be some local population, but the schools are usually geared for an international student body. Schools may follow a curriculum model from the US, UK, France, etc. Primary instruction may be any language (and multiple languages are usually taught), but it is usually in English, French, Spanish, German, or Japanese. Schools also provide internationally accepted accreditation such as the international baccalaureate.

Admission and enrolment 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.

Accreditation & Membership

  • 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.
  • European Council of International Schools (ECIS) is a collaborative network promoting the ideals and best practice of international education, complemented by grants and awards.
  • Council of British International Schools (COBIS) is a responsive organisation that serves, supports and represents its member schools.
  • New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC) is a regional accrediting association which establishes standards for all levels of education, from pre-K to doctoral.
  • Agency for French Education Abroad (Agence pour l'enseignement français à l'étranger, AEFE) is a national public agency under the administration of the French government that assures the quality of schools teaching the French national curriculum outside France.
  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) represents over 1100 independent schools and associations in the United States and abroad.

International schools in Montevideo

Uruguayan American School
Address: Mercedes y Louvre, Barrio Cantegri, Punta del Este
Tel: +598 4223 2298
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The Uruguayan American School (UAS) is a private college preparatory day school enrolling approximately 320 students from Nursery through Grade 12. High School students study a U.S. curriculum in Grades 9 and 10 and the International Baccalaureate program in Grades 11 & 12. The school is located on a three-hectare campus in the eastern Montevideo suburb of Carrasco. Facilities include an elementary and a secondary wing, a large library, computer labs, a Design Lab, fully equipped science laboratories, two gymnasiums and fitness center, outdoor sports fields, an auditorium, and a cafeteria.

St Brendan's School International School
Address: Av. Rivera 2314
Montevideo, Uruguay
Tel: +598 409 4939
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St. Brendan's School is the only school in the country authorized to develop the four full programs of the International Baccalaureate Organization, which are:

  • The Diploma Program – Pre-university course for students between 16 and 19 years old. It has a duration of 2 years.
  • The Professional Orientation Program - Pre-university course for students between 16 and 19 years old. It has a duration of 2 years.
  • MYP – Middle Years Program. Designed for students between 12 and 16 years old.
  • PYP – Primary Years Program. Designed for students between 3 and 12 years old.

St George's School International School
Address: Juana Pereyra 1
Montevideo, Uruguay
Tel: +598 2613 5338
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St George's School International School students are trained in a bilingual educational system from nursery school to Baccalaureate grade, enrolling two primary curricular programs in parallel. The school works together with Uruguay’s educational system program and with the international primary program: "Cambridge Primary".
The English program is enriched by following the UK National Curriculum and years of experience in bilingual teaching. The educational plan also includes physical education, hockey, football, athletics, rugby, handball, dance, garden, music, plastic arts, theatre, walks, visits, exhibitions, camps, computers, sex education and values ​​education.

The Anglo School International School
Address: Anglo School Carrasco: Saldún de Rodríguez 2195
Anglo School Centro: Barrios Amorín 1275
Montevideo, Uruguay
Tel: +598 2600 6452 / +598 2902 3773
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The Anglo School is a bilingual, secular and authorized school committed to the highest quality education both in human and academic terms. The Anglo School, has two locations, one in Carrasco and the other in the Montevideo centre. Dual schooling is made up of 20 weekly hours of Spanish and 17 weekly hours of English, to maximize the learning process that will allow the students to handle themselves with the same naturalness and fluency in both English and Spanish. With the Cambridge University program developing content in English, the school offers international certification both in primary and secondary education (CIPP – Cambridge International Primary Program and IGCSE – International General Certificate of Secondary Education).

Escuela Integral Hebreo Uruguaya
Address: J. Benito Lamas 2835/45 – C.P. 11300
Montevideo, Uruguay
Tel: +598 2708 1712
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Escuela Integral Hebreo Uruguaya aims for students to be competent communicators and graduate with a high level of English. They also have the opportunity to take the IB Diploma in English, in addition to the international exams of the University of Cambridge and Michigan. The student can choose between the National Baccalaureate or the International Baccalaureate (IB).

British School of Montevideo
Address: Máximo Tajes 6421, Montevideo, Uruguay
Tel: +598 2600 3421
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The British Schools of Montevideo is a private, coeducational, non-profit school, which aims to give an intensive bilingual education, combining the Uruguayan national curriculum with an English language program. The school offers various English and international examinations, such as the IGCSE and IB (International Baccalaureate) programs and it also provides Portuguese classes for High School students. The School is governed by the Board of Governors, elected by the British Schools Society in Uruguay, whose honorary President is the British Ambassador to Uruguay.

French Schools in Montevideo

Lycée Français Jules Supervielle de Montevideo
Address: Benigno Paiva 1160 - 11300 Montevideo, Uruguay
Tel: +598 2628 5544
Tuition Rates: From165,950 UYU (Uruguayan pesos) ($3,780) to 364,680 UYU (Uruguayan pesos) ($8,300) [school year 2022-2023]

Jules Supervielle French Lyceum, based today in the Buceo neighborhood, is the oldest French Lyceum in America with more than 120 years of history. The French Lyceum was created after the agreement of two associations: the French Teaching Society (SFE), a non-profit Uruguayan institution that is in charge of the financial and administrative management of the school, and the Agency for the French Education Abroad (AEFE). The Jules Supervielle French Lyceum is approved by France and in turn authorized by the Uruguayan educational system.

German Schools in Montevideo

German School of Montevideo (Deutsche Schule Motevideo)
Address: Av. Dr. Fco. Soca 1356
Cod. Postal 11300 Montevideo
Tel: +598 2708 4381
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Colegio y Liceo Alemán de Montevideo (Spanish name) is one of the most prestigious schools in Uruguay. First, the school was only located in the neighborhood of Pocitos. Later on, it opened another location at Barra de Carrasco. The school is also well known for having the best handball team in the country, having won most of the national tournaments. One of the most notable characteristics of the school is the availability of a German Abitur-based high school diploma program, with most lessons taught in German, which is accepted by both Germany and Uruguay universities as a valid high school certificate. It is a trilingual, bicultural baccalaureate, teaching German, Spanish, and English classes, and teaching culture of both Germany and Uruguay. It is considered more challenging than the standard program, and its admission is dependent on grades and language skills.

Italian Schools in Montevideo

Scuola Italiana di Montevideo
Address: Gral. French 2380
CP 11500 - Montevideo, Uruguay
Tel: +598 2600 1527
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Scuola Italiana di Montevideo integrates both the Italian and the Uruguayan National curriculum. It caters for children from 3 months of age to 18 years old. The school is located in stimulating surroundings, enabling children and teenagers to learn in a friendly environment that promotes contact with nature and fosters inquiry-minded learners.

International schools in Punta del Este

Woodside School International School
Address: Mercedes y Louvre, Barrio Cantegri, Punta del Este
Tel: +598 4223 2298
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Woodside School is an IB World School. The school is also part of the International Schools Association since 2006 as well as of the University of Cambridge from primary to 4th grade and its international qualifications are recognized by the best universities and employers around the world; providing the students with a wide range of options for their education and career. Woodside School International School is formed by 3 different quarters:

  • Primary education Grade 1 – 4: Address: Louvre y Pascal, Punta del Este
  • Secondary education – Grade 1 – 4 (Woodside quarters): Address: Mercedes and Louvre, Punta del Este
  • PreU and administration (Grade 5 & 6): Address: Shakespeare y Calderón de la Barca offices, Punta del Este

St Clare's College International School
Address: California y Los Médanos, San Rafael
Punta del Este, Uruguay
Tel: +598 4249 0200
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St. Clare's College was founded in 2004 with the purpose of offering the community bilingual education both in Spanish and English. Under the seal of the University of Cambridge and the International Baccalaureate Organization, the school carries out English programs from primary education, as well as the International Baccalaureate system.