Panama City has three international schools that are fully accredited by an American School Association: The International School of Panama, Balboa Academy and the Oxford International School (not to be confused with the Oxford School).
The International School of Panama (ISP)
This is Panama's most expensive international school. The high school has the best academic level of the three American accredited schools. It also offers the International Baccalaureate. The location is far away from everything but well connected by the beltway. With many US companies like Proctor and Gamble setting up their Latin American headquarters in Panama. ISP also has the same school year as the States- but begins a bit earlier in mid August.
Balboa Academy (BA) in the former Canal Zone
Located in Clayton, Balboa is an accredited International school which provides a more laid back American style education. It also accommodates kids with learning problems. Kids adjust well to this school and are generally very happy. Balboa offers AP courses the same as any American school. Balboa is expensive, but a bit less than ISP. Same school year as the States.
Metropolitan School in Clayton
This school is one of the top three choices for international students. It offers an International Baccalaureate. It's in the process of getting it's USA accreditation most likely in the next year. It is in the very expensive price range as ISP and Balboa. It's on the American school schedule starting in August.
King's College: the British School of Panama
The British School of Panama is a part of King´s Group, one of the largest international school groups that deliver the National Curriculum of England and Wales with over 40 years of experience. It follows the English National Curriculum and the teachers are qualified and experienced British teachers. Located in Clayton, just 20 minutes from the center of Panama City. Website: www.kingscollege.com.pa
Boston School International
Offering a quality international English language education, Boston School offers an integrated classroom technology including online curriculum and books, Smartboards and touch screen laptops.
Classes are Pre-K3 through 9th grade.and eventually we will be through 12th grade. Located in Balboa, it follows and American school calendar.
It's currently going through an accreditation process by the North West Accreditation Commission and the International Baccalaureate.
Panama City: Other options:
The Episcopal School in El Carmen (CEP)
CEP is top academically- the best bi-lingual school in Panama in our opinion. It is also very inexpensive. But it is a very tough, traditional style school and not for every kid. It's also hard to get into, but you can get on the waiting list. Your child must speak Spanish unless he is a kindergartener.
In high school, all the students learn French as a third language plus some Japanese. The school has excellent families, parent involvement and students don't have drugs and drinking problems. CEP has the best after school activities program of any school in Panama- the debate club, folkloric dance clubs, soccer teams, eco-club, school newspaper etc. are all outstanding.
St Mary's School in Albrook
This is the most inexpensive school in English- a good school though not top academically. St. Mary's is a Catholic school but children of other religions are welcome. One advantage of St. Mary's is that it has the American school year schedule. Located in Albrook in the former American Canal Zone area.
Crossroads Christian Academy in Cardenas
A small school connected to Panama's largest English speaking evangelical Christian church. Does not have the facilities of a regular school but it is very inexpensive. It is a Christian school and includes bible in its curriculum but the school has people of all walks of life including many non Christians attending. Students are prepared for US schools and universities. Grades Offered PK4 - 12.
Located in Cardenas in the former American Canal Zone.
Colegio Isaac Rabin
Jewish school primary through high school located in Clayton. You don't have to be Jewish to attend. .
Schools Outside Panama City:
Knightsbridge School International, Panama Pacifico
Located across the Bridge of the Americas in Panama Pacifico, it offers classes for students aged 3 to 18. It offers the International Baccalaureate. It also has Special Educational and Learning Services Programs/
Coronado International School:
In the Coronado beach area 1.5 hours from Panama City starting with Pre-K and the primary grades.
International Academy Boquete
An excellent school in downtown Boquete where kids study in both English and Spanish. Not internationally accredited. Reasonably priced.
Boquete also has an active community of American homeschooling parents.