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    Default private schools in DR

    Several DR1 posters have metioned that good private schools in the DR can cost just as much as good private schools in the USA. I dont undersatand how the free market has not stepped in with equally good, but lower priced private schools.

    1. Am I wrong in assuming that the all the very good schools are also very expensive?

    2. Since there is a large number of college graduates in the DR, it should be realtively easy to gather good talent at a lower cost.

    3. is it the case that there are only so many families who can afford to pay even a small amount for private schools?

    4. Is there a market for good schools at a reasonable price?


    Heck, I can think of many people on this board living in the DR who are supremely qualified (although they may not come cheap).

    What am I missing?

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    Default #2's got it !

    There have been/are two or three private schools operating in the area I live in. While these schools are definitely "better" than the public schools they are not the "best" available. They are affordable but only to upper middleclass families (mostly extranjeros who either own their own business or work for "foreign companies" that pay them in equivalent to US$).
    The average Dominican can not afford these schools or can afford to send their children on a "part-time" basis only (usually a 1/2 day every Saturday)

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    Default mommc

    thanks for the response....

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    Default Just my experience....

    From talking to ppl at Metro Golf Club (usually Americans), from talking to ppl in our building (mostly Italians who own restaurants), my maid (who works for two other ppl as well and sends her daughter part-time) and a nanny like myself (Spanish) whose grandson attends an "English" (American run) school and from talking to several teachers I know who teach in a couple different schools.
    I'm surprised you haven't had more responses to this yet......
    Everyone must be "off" for Semana Santa!!

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    Santiago has three or four bilingual or English language schools that cost more than a University degree.
    The Spanish language schools- De La Salle, Sacred Heart, Colegio Dominicano also cost more than the University.
    To my way of thinking, they are basically stealing the money. There is no such thing as quality education. The kids graduate with a terribly limited vocabulary-un able to read and comprehend a newspaper and very poor math skills.
    Oh the curriculum 'looks' great, but the delivery, content and application leave too much to be desired. I jokingly call them "bachiburros" and ask them to go back to their schools and demand their money back.
    Yet, there are some very bright kids that do not let themselves get caught up in the pay your money and get your degree syndrome of the high schools. A good example is the PIB. Taught by nuns in a little school in a tiny town, she emerged to success at the university level and in business as well. However, she had a Mom that was / is a teacher and who demanded a lot from her. She is more the exception than the rule.
    You can go to any classroom in any university in the country
    and find an incredible number of students just filling seats. If you were to give them any of the daily newspapers and asked them to read an article from the OP-ED page, they might stumble thru, but would be unable to tell you what they just 'read' .
    i have oftentimes day dreampt of starting a good highschool, just to teach reading and writing and 'rithmatic......Costs are very high... But I still dream..

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    Default HB......

    Maybe the RN who's thinking of bringing her young children down here (especially the "special" needs child) should read the above post. Did you post it on that thread as well??

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    Unhappy "good" is relative...

    Well, my kid is at CMS, which is supposed to be one of the best private schools here. I don't like it. If I knew then what I know now, I would have seriously considered an alternative school here (Montessori, Community for Learning). (This is what we are doing for our next posting). I think they charge a lot at CMS because there isn't really any alternative. It is the only school with info on the internet (or it was when we arrived). They do have the most resources (playgrounds, attractive classrooms, computers, what I hear is a really good optimal learning center for kids with difficulties) but I have some issues with the school itself...

    I think there might be a market for a small and truly GOOD private school here, at least among the diplomatic crowd and middle class (not stinking rich) dominicans... Not all of us want our kids to go to an "american" international school--an alternative using european and canadian ;-) curriculi could be very welcome...

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    Carol Morgan is by far the best of the English language schools. The question is, is it worth it if you are not going to live in the States or Canada? I would prefer Loyola or Calazanz(?) there in Santo Domingo. Most of the other schools are rather yuppy, in bred, and only give token value to being human.

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    Question

    What are the good bilingual schools in the Santo Domingo area.

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    Question St.Thomas School?

    I visited St Thomas School last week.Only to take a quick "look-see" and pick-up their manual.It is immaculate! Saw a "large" are that was their "clinic",and the Counselors" office.Tuition runs from about 38,000 pesos/year for "Kindergarden",to around 70,000 for a new student in 19th. grade!Anyone have more experiance with this school?

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