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Education in the Dominican Republic.

There is a large selection of schooling options in the Dominican Republic, and quality can be found in public, private, and religious schools. Along with the many options for grade school education, the Dominican Republic also offers a large selection for higher education, with curriculums linked to American and European programs.

Instruction in foreign languages is available in Santo Domingo for children of all ages, where curriculums are available in Spanish and other languages. While there are students enrolled from all over the world, the majority are Dominican.

Schools accredited by the Dominican Ministry of Education offer certificates which are valid for entrance to Dominican, European and US universities.

However, students planning to attend college in the US may wish to attend a school which has been accredited by the US Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Those interested in studying in Europe should consider a school where the International Baccalaureate (I.B.) curriculum is used.

Some schools also offer curriculums that are entirely in English, like the American School of Santo Domingo or The Carol Morgan School. Students are required to take the PSAT exams, followed by the SAT exam. These are examples of schools accredited by the US Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Bilingual education is also offered at St. Thomas School, St. George’s School (offers I.B.), New Horizons Bilingual School, The Americas Bicultural School (ABC School) The Colegio Dominico-Americano, and the Ashton School of Santo Domingo.

La Escuela Caribe (Caribe - Vista School), founded in 1971, is a school for children with special needs, and is located in Jarabacoa, in La Vega province. This boarding school takes children from kindergarten to 12th grade

There is also pre-school education in the Dominican Republic. You can find quality education at the Froebel Nursery School, Kids Create, My Little School, and Tiny Ones.

For those looking for religious schools there are a variety of choices. Colegio Calasanz, or the Salesiano (i.e. ITESA, Don Bosco) parochial schools are good educational alternatives.

Education in English can be found outside Santo Domingo. There are schools in La Romana, Santiago, Punta Cana and Puerto Plata.

The International School of Sosua (ISS) is accredited by SACS, and is located in Sosua. It serves the communities of Sosua, Cabarete and Puerto Plata. It has grades Pre-K through 12, and offers diploma programs from both the US and the Dominican Republic. Courses are taught in English, and teachers are certified in their field.

In Santiago there is the Santiago Christian School, and is the only US accredited American style Christian school in the DR. It has about 515 students in Pre K through 12th grade. There is also the Centro Cultural Dominico-Americano in Santiago, and is affiliated with the Instituto Cultural Dominico-Americano (ICDA) in Santo Domingo.

In La Romana there is the Abraham Lincoln School, which provides education services from kindergarten through 12th grade.

For those looking for instruction in French, there is the Lycee Francais, along with other schools that offer primary instruction in Italian and German. There are also programs offered by the Alianza Francesa, which offers French study programs, and the Academia Europea, which offers language study in many European languages.

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