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What is the availability of international schools? What has been your general experience with them, if any?

ACS Calvert is the American embassy sponsored school. It is fully accredited and most of the embassy folks attend. The school has above average MAP scores for the region and for the U.S. The school is sending its seniors to very good schools in the States, including some recent Ivy League acceptances. Class sizes are higher in the primary grades. It offers K-12 and has over 500 students. Due to political changes over the last decade or so, the school has experienced a shift in demographics to more of a host country makeup. However, the school employs many high quality American staff, and is making a concerted effort to focus more on its international (read: American) clientele. After school, team sports, and extracurricular activites include: soccer (of course!), volleyball, basketball, swimming (the pool is the best in La Paz), drama, among others. - Sep 2, 2016
They are here. French, German, US. - we chose a local school as we were unhappy with ACS. - Jun 9, 2015
Most embassy children go to the American Cooperative School (ACS). There is also Highlands as an option, and a Montessori school. Our son is in 1st grade, so our experience is fine at ACS. - Apr 6, 2015
There are two or three options but most Embassy families attend ACS. Some others attend Highlands. It seems like most parents are satisfied but there does seem to be a lack of extracurricular or academic enrichment activities. - Jan 1, 2014
ACS has been improving over the years. The administration is currently very strong and there will be more American teachers in this coming year. I don't really have experience with the other schools, but there are a few. - Jul 22, 2013
Take your time when choosing. You do have options here. There is a German school, two International Schools (ACS and The Highlands- Christian School) and Montessori Schools. Lots of parents complain about ACS, but they send their kids there because it seems to be the easier thing to do. Most of the complaints involve the Middle School-High School. Just take your time and really visit the schools before enrolling. - Jun 22, 2013
Not sure. - Feb 9, 2012
Schools are really good. Excellent campus with lots of features including a swimming pool, gym, libraries, sports fields, etc. Lots of afterschool activities and great preschool program. Caring staff and administration. - May 27, 2011
I don't have kids but I heard very good comments about the high standard of the American school. the German and the French school are also good options. - May 26, 2011
American Cooperative School is the international school here. There is a good mix of many nationalities as well as many Bolivian families that attend ACS. I have three children there, and they all seem to like it. It seems to be a good school, but they are having problems now keeping enrollment up, not as many families coming from outside Bolivia to join the school. - Mar 14, 2011
American Cooperative School. - Aug 25, 2010
My kids were too young - Jan 7, 2010
The American School (ACS) is excellent. Wonderful teachers and administration. Active community life at the school and a broad range of after school activities for all ages. - Aug 21, 2009