“Kathleen, my wife and I are considering Panama, but we have young children. Could you advise on any decent English-speaking primary and high schools?”
–Michael R., United States
Panama City boasts much better than “decent” English-language schools. Your kids could get a top-notch international-standard education in this town, in English, Spanish, or French.
The International School of Panama (www.isp.edu.pa), the Oxford School (http://www.oxfordpanama.com/), and the Balboa Academy (www.balboaacademy.org) are generally considered the best bilingual (English/Spanish) choices. Instruction at the Academia Interamericana (www.aip.edu.pa), on the other hand, is almost entirely in English.
All four schools are cheaper than comparable schools in the States but not cheap. More affordable is the Crossroads Christian Academy (www.ccapanama.com).
In addition, a new international school is opening in Coronado.