Education in the Dominican Republic
Public and private schools in the Dominican Republic
The primary language in public schools in the Dominican Republic is Spanish. Private schools normally teach in English, but they are bilingual and usually kids from all over the world are enrolled. Tuition fees for students differ from school to school. The maximum tuition is usually around US $7,000 per academic year and varies with the age of the child. As a general rule the older the child, the higher the fees. There may be additional charges for school lunches, uniforms, school books, and materials.
Will their qualifications be valid once we leave the Dominican Republic?
Schools that are accredited by the Dominican Ministry of Education offer certificates, which are valid for entrance to Dominican, European, and U.S. universities. However, those planning to undertake higher education in the U.S. may wish to attend a school which has been accredited by the U.S. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Those interested in studying in Europe should consider a school where the International Baccalaureate curriculum is used.
A Variety of Schools Across the Island
The International School of Sosua is located in Sosua, close to the international airport Puerto Plata and serves the communities of Sosua, Cabarete, and Puerto Plata. It has Grades Pre-K through Grade 12 and offers diploma programmes from both the US and Dominican Republic. Courses are taught in English and teachers are certified in their field.
The Garden Kids International School is a privately owned bilingual school. It is located in El Batey, Sosúa, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. It was founded in 1998 by Mr. Joel Fajardo and Mrs Yvis Castillo Fajardo (Academic Principal) to meet the needs of Dominican and foreign families who reside in the Dominican Republic and who are interested in obtaining a quality education in the English and Spanish languages. GKIS offers all levels of education from nursery (2 years-old) through tenth grade with eleventh and twelfth opening soon.
Santiago Christian School in Santiago is the only US accredited American style Christian school in the DR. It has about 515 students in the PK-12th grade.
La Romana. Abraham Lincoln School .
Kindergarten to 12th grade. Located at Central Romana Corporation.
Tel. 809 523-3333 or 1 809 687 7787.
Centro Cultural Dominico-Americano is affiliated with the Instituto Cultural Dominico-Americano (ICDA) in Santo Domingo.
Tel. 809 582 6627
International School of Santo Domingo
The Carol Morgan School ( Santo Domingo ), founded in 1933, has around 850 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. All teachers are certified in their field, and many of the faculty are from the U.S. The school is accredited by SACS, sponsored by the U.S. State Department.
The American School of Santo Domingo, founded in 1981, offers U.S.-style instruction to a total of around 700 students, from pre-kindergarten to the 12th grade. The school is SACS accredited.
If you are a looking for a school where you or your kids can improve your Spanish language skills, you can always have a look at Cabarete Language Institute. Based on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, their qualified teachers from Spain and Latin America will help you learn Spanish in the Dominican Republic.