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

Schools in Tijuana are good for preschoolers and kids up to about third grade. After that the education officers recommends schools in the U.S. Consulate kids attend Coronado Public schools and a few private schools in San Diego. - Nov 5, 2017
Most kids who are older than 2-3 grade go to school in San Diego. But there is a great little bilingual school that our child really liked. I think it goes through 8th grade. The teachers were wonderful and she was totally bilingual by the time we left. Some people left their kids there into grade school and it worked out, but others mentioned that in later posts their kids were behind in English reading, writing and math. Our daughter was only there for pre-K. - May 31, 2015
Consulate staff tend to send older school age children to school in the U.S. - Mar 25, 2015
Parents seem happy with the private preschools and kindergarten. Most parents I know send their elementary school-age kids and older to schools across the border because of bullying or other difficult social situations and because the schools here do not seem to be amendable to working with expat parents. - Apr 30, 2014
They are okay. I won't name any here, but if your kids have English as a native language, find a school whose purpose is NOT to teach solely English. - Feb 15, 2014
Most children go to school in San Diego, CA. Some of the families with kids who attend school in Tijuana are fairly pleased with the education given at the international school. - Dec 29, 2010
Most families send their kids to school in San Diego, with the consulate providing a shuttle to select public schools. Expect at least an hour commute each way (with SENTRI passes) with the ever present chance of cars being held up in secondary. In Tijuana, Reina Isabel and British American provide classes in Spanish with up to half of the day in English. Neither one is equipped to teach Spanish as a second language or communicate with parents in anything but Spanish. That said they both offer relatively good pre-K programs and acceptable lower elementary programs. Having experienced schools on both sides I found the public schools in Chula Vista to be excellent and the schools in Tijuana to be vastly different in standards and culture. - Aug 11, 2010
Most families with school-age children (elementary and up) send their kids to schools in San Diego. The Consulate provides shuttle service and it seems that school choice is fairly flexible; it just needs to be within a certain distance of the border. There are some English/Spanish schools such as the British-American School (which seems to be mainly preschool and elementary) and Reina Isabel (which includes daycare through high school). People seem pretty satisfied with these schools, although I have no direct experience. - Mar 11, 2008