Ensenada offers many educational options for your family, including public, private and international schools. Homeschooling is also allowed in Mexico.
The public school system in Mexico is overseen by the Secretariat of Public Instruction (Secretaría de Educación Pública). Attendance is mandatory for all students ages 6 to15. Basic education includes pre-primary school for children ages 3 to 5, elementary school for children ages 6 to12 and secondary school for those13 to15.
At the age of 16, students are given the option to continue schooling at the high school level, though continuing beyond secondary school is not legally required. There are two possible degree options. The first is a qualified technician degree, or profesional técnico, which is chosen by less than 10 percent of all students. The other is a high school diploma, or bachillerato, a much more popular option.
The school year in Mexico starts in mid-August and ends the first days of July and, by law, must cover 200 days.
Many expats elect to enroll their children in bilingual schools to ease their transitions into the Spanish language and Mexican culture. CALP International Academy, Colegio de las Americas and Colegio Inglés are popular choices in Ensenada.
American college entrance examinations (SAT, ACT and AP) and/or British GSCE A-level examinations are available through most international schools. Many international schools also offer either the globally recognized International Baccalaureate (IB) Program or the Cambridge IGCSE. Certification from these schools is accepted worldwide for university entrance.
Homeschooling is another option for expats in Ensenada. There are no laws prohibiting homeschooling in the country if you choose to do this. You can find out details at the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA).