Read about the curricula, exams and tests commonly encountered at international schools, including the UK and US systems, International Baccalaureate and International Primary Curriculum.
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A developing country with a young and diverse population, Ecuador has invested in a series of education reforms aimed at strengthening the economy and reducing poverty. Its well-established and growing international school sector caters to both local elites and expatriates.
Schools are clustered around the capital Quito and port city of Guayaquil, with a scattering of institutions in other major cities. Among the oldest are schools following an American-style education; former embassy schools offering the curriculums of Germany, France and the UK; and Catholic religious foundations. The vast majority offer coeducational day schooling.
Ecuador also has a very large number of state schools and private high schools offering the curriculum of the International Baccalaureate Office in Spanish. There 270 IB World Schools, of which 268 are authorised to offer the IB Diploma, with 228 teaching in Spanish, 36 in English and Spanish, and six in English.
The English-medium American School of Quito and bilingual Colegio Internacional SEK-Ecuador, Quito, are among schools offering all three stages of the IB programme. Spain’s SEK Education Group has three international school campuses in Ecuador.
Accrediting bodies active in the country include the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Association of Christian Schools International.
Under the Ecuadorian constitution, education is compulsory until students achieve a “basic level of education”, which is estimated to take nine years. Primary education, which begins at age six and lasts six years, is followed by three years of middle school, and three years of optional high school, leading to the bachillerato exam. An aptitude test determines admission to Ecuador’s 29 universities, which are free to attend.
Education spending accounted for five per cent of GDP in 2015, when gross tertiary enrolment reached 45 per cent. In 2018, net enrolment was 67 per cent in pre-primary settings, 91 per cent for primary schools and 85 per cent for secondary schools.