Manzanillo offers many educational options for your family, including public schools, private schools and international schools. Homeschooling is also allowed everywhere in Mexico.
The public school system in Mexico is overseen by the Ministry of Public Education (Secretaría de Educación Pública). Attendance is mandatory for all students ages 6 to15. Basic education includes pre-primary school for children 3 to 5, elementary school for children 6 to12 and secondary school for those 13 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 professional 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 in the first days of July and, by law, must cover 200 days.
Many expats elect to enroll their children in private bilingual schools to help ease their transition into the Spanish language and Mexican culture. While there are currently no international schools in Manzanillo, there are several bilingual schools in which at least some of the classes are given in English, like Colegio Terranova, Colegio Campo Verde or Colegio St. John’s.
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. That said, it may be necessary to travel about an hour and 15 minutes away to the city of Colima to take these exams. Certification from these schools is accepted worldwide for university entrance.
Homeschooling is another option for expats in Manzanillo. There are no laws prohibiting homeschooling in the country if you choose to do so. You can find out details at Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA).