The number one concern most expats have when they move to Punta Cana is finding quality education for their children. Happily, there are many more options now than there were just six years ago!
Expats considering a move to Punta Cana concerned about finding quality education for their children can rest easy knowing there are many school options in the area. The following is a list of private schools. Private schools do have a cost, of course, and that should be accounted for in your plans, as you consider the cost of living in Punta Cana for you and your family. Here are some local expat favorites:
Bávaro Bilingual School / BBS offers a bilingual curriculum of academic courses in English and Spanish, with the proper accreditation nationwide. The curriculum focuses on Science, Art, and Music, as well as a rigorous Reading and Writing program. There is also an emphasis placed on the importance of Sport for teaching teamwork, responsibility and respect. BBS offers classes for all ages, from Day Care through Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle and High School.
Punta Cana International School offers an international curriculum across a wide range of studisstudiescaters to both international and domestic students. Class sizes are small and the school atmosphere is relaxed. The Faculty includes teachers from the Dominican Republic, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, Mexico, Chile and Venezuela.
As well as being accredited by the Dominican Board of Education, Punta Cana International School is accredited with two educational agencies: New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Council of International Schools. They are both recognized institutions known for their high standards of excellence in international education and accreditation. The school offers a rigorous bilingual curriculum from grades Pre-School to 12th.
Established in August 2007, Cap Cana Heritage School (CCHS) was founded with the mission to provide a holistic, research-based education that promotes lifelong learning, critical thinking skills, leadership, wisdom and integrity. In 2011, CCHS received accreditation with US-based AdvancEd/SACS-CASI.
CCHS consists of a preschool program (ages 1-5), an elementary program (grades 1-5), and middle/high school program (grades 6-12). The School community is culturally and internationally diverse, with small classes (average: 21 students) and a student-teacher ratio of 8:1.
Located in Cap Cana, Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) was founded in 1982. The University is fully accredited by the government of the Dominican Republic (Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology), and offers a diverse range of courses, and is well-known in the Dominican Republic for its innovative and avant-garde approach to education. It currently offers nine Bachelor’s degrees, including Architecture, Advertising, Tourism and Hospitality Management, Marketing, Business Administration, Psychology, Law, and Early Childhood Education.
El Arca de Noé (Noah's Ark) was one of the first elementary schools and Kindergartens founded in Bavaro, and has 11 years of experience and standing in the community. It is well known for its achievements in multicultural education. Open Monday to Saturday, 7.45 am to 7 pm, the school provides a service for parents seeking a second home for their children, where the same loving care and family values are present.
They offer an early stimulation room, unique in Bavaro, specially equipped for children from birth to 2 years of age, which includes safe and secure installations, video-surveillance and above all educational experiences; classes are taught in Spanish and English, which is necessary in order for younger students to have the best possible educational base, allowing them the possibility of accessing any other center both within the country and abroad.
“In our experience, living in a place where residents come and go from different countries, we have learned to deal with cultural differences such as language, and eating habits… helping and supporting all the families that have come to live in Bavaro, so their children don't suffer from shifting countries or routines,” explains the founder of Arca de Noé Mrs. Christiana Staempfli.
Here is an additional list of school options across our community:
Dominico Cambridge School
Av. Estados Unidos, Bavaro
Centro Educativo 2nd Mile
Calle Los Tainos, Friusa
Colegio Caritas Felices
Villa Europa, Veron
Residencial Regla Maria 1
Tel: (829) 414-1106
El Arca de Noe
Colegio Calasanz Pueblo Bavaro
C/128, Manzana 74B, Pueblo Bavaro
Tel: (809) 455-1559
Centro de Estimulación Temprana & Preescolar "Little Ones"
Avenida Barcelo Km 51/2, Bavaro
Tel: (809) 455-3799