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

Our daughter goes to Les Alizes, the French School. Although she's had a couple of good teachers, there's no way I'd recommend this school. They've had constant changes in administration, classes are crowded, and a curriculum that doesn't seem to be followed. There are no English-language schools here. Some new Portuguese schools that appear to be promising. The quality of education and medical care are two very important factors to consider if you're looking at this post. I would not bring an older child here unless you plan to homeschool. If you bring a younger child here, plan to supplement their education. - Dec 27, 2017
We don't have children; most families tend to send their young children to the local French or Portuguese school, or do homeschool. - Oct 30, 2016
Currently there are not any children at post older than 5. There are currently no English speaking schools but rumor has it, one is on the way. - May 18, 2014
There is a French School that has received very mixed reviews. I do not have children, so I do not have first-hand experience with the school. However, mothers I am friendly with have pulled their children out of the school and home-school their children instead. The U.S. Embassy will warn families with school-aged children that this may not be a post for them. - Feb 2, 2011
French and Portuguese. I hear the French are militant but good and the Portuguese are OK. I dont have any kids in the schools here. - Sep 8, 2012
There are two schools Embassy kids attend: one French and one Portuguese. Parents seem moderately pleased. There is nothing fancy about either school. There is no option for older kids. - May 23, 2012
From my understanding, there are no international schools, but for preschool and very elementary grades there is a fairly reputable French school. - Sep 19, 2009
There is a French elementary school that some expats send there kids to but I have heard that many have been very unhappy and have moved their children back to their countries of origin for their education. - Feb 6, 2008