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Postby koplinfamilia » Mon Sep 13, 2010 12:38 pm

Is there anyone on here who homeschools or knows anyone in Lima who does. I plan to home school both of our children and here in the States we have so many resources to do so including home-schooling groups, sports leagues ect. I know in Peru this is not an option for naives but I was wondering if there are expats that would like to meet up who have similar interests?

PS we won't be in Lima until Oct/Nov.


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Re: Home Schooling

Postby Remigius » Mon Sep 13, 2010 1:16 pm

koplinfamilia wrote:Is there anyone on here who homeschools or knows anyone in Lima who does. I plan to home school both of our children and here in the States we have so many resources to do so including home-schooling groups, sports leagues ect. I know in Peru this is not an option for naives but I was wondering if there are expats that would like to meet up who have similar interests?


If you are going to live in Peru with your children, then you children are obliged to attend an educational institution from the age of 3.
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Re: Home Schooling

Postby MartitaAQP » Mon Sep 13, 2010 1:29 pm

I don't have a lot of answers but I hope you get some cause I am very interested and plan to homeschool my children when I have them so I hope the legal system and culture adapts to this in Peru soon!

I know 1 expat who is now a dual citizen, married to a Peruvian, all their three children were born here and are duel citizens and she homeschools them using old-school Abeka video system. They've been doing this for 10 years now. I wouldn't choose that route personally, but it has worked for them. THeya re in Arequipa but other than missionary expats I don't know any other homeschoolers. Peruvians will just say it is "illegal" but that one family's children are Peruvians too and have never had any legal issues. It's more like not legalized than it "illegal" just as it was in the States for many years. My mother started homeschooling almost 30 years ago and it was barely legal in the states we lived in. WHole different story today where it is incredibly common. Educational change in Peru is slow due to culture but we'll see what happens. Good luck!
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Re: Home Schooling

Postby celestecielo » Mon Sep 13, 2010 3:08 pm

It was my understanding that as an expat (or whatever you are as long as you aren't a Peruvian citizen) you can do whatever you want with your own kids (educationally speaking :wink: ) It IS illegal to home-school for citizens, however. We are moving to Peru next year and I will continue to home-school my daughter, just as we did for over a year in Ecuador. We brought most of our books from the States, but also found some cool books (3rd grade at the time) for cursive writing, spelling, & grammar. The papelerias are awesome down there for just about any supply I needed. As far as interaction with other home-schoolers, that was non-existent but she got plenty of play time at the local parks with kids her age and that helped her learn the language. Bottom line is that home-schooling will be more challenging, but in my humble opinion, way more fun! The whole world is open to you! Make the best of it.
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Re: Home Schooling

Postby Remigius » Mon Sep 13, 2010 3:26 pm

MartitaAQP wrote:It's more like not legalized than it "illegal"


Don't say things that aren't true. Artículo 17.-La educación inicial, primaria y secundaria son obligatorias. You are obliged to put your child in a nido or school from the age of 3. Keeping your child at home or on the streets, like beggars do, is illegal. Besides, without a state diploma from a good private school chances on a good job are zero.
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Re: Home Schooling

Postby Kelly » Mon Sep 13, 2010 5:04 pm

"Besides, without a state diploma from a good private school chances on a good job are zero."

That's pretty much true for a Peruvian child - but we're talking about expat kids here, and it's highly unlikely they'll be looking for jobs in Peru later in life.
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Re: Home Schooling

Postby americorps » Mon Sep 13, 2010 5:25 pm

There are a lot of homeschoolers in Peru, Peruvian, immigrant and expat though the vast majority from what I read are families of missionaries.

The Union Church might have some good information, Mark Atkinson used to be a homeschooling point of contact, and perhaps they still have some of his info.

A google seach also comes up with more information and I called the Ministry of education to verify remigius´s concerns about homeschooling. They said that their information specialist has gone home, but that there are ways to homeschool in Peru in coordination with testing from the school district.

I suggest you contact the Peruvian Ministry of Education and find out exactly what the requirements say.

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Re: Home Schooling

Postby Remigius » Mon Sep 13, 2010 5:33 pm

americorps wrote:A google seach also comes up with more information and I called the Ministry of education to verify remigius´s concerns about homeschooling.


I verified this when my daughter turned 3. That aside, why in Earth go to a country and isolate your children from society? Well, anyone's choice I guess, but the truth is I've never been a fan of home-schooling.
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Re: Home Schooling

Postby americorps » Mon Sep 13, 2010 5:39 pm

I am not a fan of homeschooling, but the author did not ask for me to judge his or her decision, just about finding information.
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Re: Home Schooling

Postby MartitaAQP » Mon Sep 13, 2010 8:25 pm

MartitaAQP wrote:
It's more like not legalized than it "illegal"
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"Don't say things that aren't true. Artículo 17.-La educación inicial, primaria y secundaria son obligatorias. You are obliged to put your child in a nido or school from the age of 3. Keeping your child at home or on the streets, like beggars do, is illegal. Besides, without a state diploma from a good private school chances on a good job are zero."

In addition to the VERY discourteous nature of your response to my statement, it was also in error. The law you just quoted says that EDUCATION is obligatory, and home education is in fact, education. I repeat: homeschooling is not legalized specifically in Peru, nor is it outlawed specifically. You will find that education is also obligatory in the United States, where laws also accept and regulate home educators along with other educational methods. I am not aware of an official registration process as we have in the States, but I am aware of PERUVIANS who homeschool their PERUVIAN children with no legal difficulties.

As to why you would choose home education outside your native country the motives are surely the same as those for which you would choose to home education in your native country, and incremented by the fact that it is difficult to give the incredible gift of English as first fluent language to your children if their primary schooling is in Spanish. But as has been noted, this poster did not ASK for your criticism or opinion on their choice to home education. That thread might be appropriate elsewhere but might also be ill-advised.

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Re: Home Schooling

Postby MartitaAQP » Mon Sep 13, 2010 8:32 pm

A note on this "Besides, without a state diploma from a good private school chances on a good job are zero."

I sure heard that a lot in the states too! Here it is really about getting into a university, which many expats may not wish to send their children through the university system here anyway if they hope to have international job opportunities, but it should be noted that you can legally register your children in the US as homeschoolers if they are citizens (your legal residence is your last state of residence) and therefore issue your own high school diploma. Universities here don't care what school you came from, just rather you can pass the entrance exam (or in the case of the private U's, pay the tuition). In the US where there is not a strict system of entrance exams, home educators have achieved preferred status and SAT scores are the most important. And if you're looking for a job without a university degree, your options will be just as limited regardless of where you went to school.

If I had children here in the school system I would be very concerned that their higher education opportunities would be limited to Peruvian universities because how well could they really do on the SATs? ANd what US university will accept their hs transcripts? And my field of study is Peruvian universities, and I would never send my children to one of them until the system is vastly improved. Just a thought for anyone who has kids being educated in Peru.

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Re: Home Schooling

Postby sunflower » Mon Sep 13, 2010 9:28 pm

Remigius wrote:
MartitaAQP wrote:It's more like not legalized than it "illegal"


Don't say things that aren't true. Artículo 17.-La educación inicial, primaria y secundaria son obligatorias. You are obliged to put your child in a nido or school from the age of 3. Keeping your child at home or on the streets, like beggars do, is illegal. Besides, without a state diploma from a good private school chances on a good job are zero.




And who in Peru is enforcing this law??? Nobody! And nobody really cares. Otherwise you wouldn't see so many kids hanging around every day begging or working.
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Re: Home Schooling

Postby Remigius » Mon Sep 13, 2010 9:51 pm

sunflower wrote:And who in Peru is enforcing this law??? Nobody! And nobody really cares. Otherwise you wouldn't see so many kids hanging around every day begging or working.


I'm well aware of that, but I don't that attitude.
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Re: Home Schooling

Postby Remigius » Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:01 pm

[quote="MartitaAQP"] If I had children here in the school system I would be very concerned that their higher education opportunities would be limited to Peruvian universities because how well could they really do on the SATs?/quote]

Actually, Peruvian private schools are by many considered as superior to American schools. If you put your child on a good private school in Peru, he or she won't be just limited to Peruvian universities. That said, I remain with my original claim which is based on reading the law and consulting the Min. of Education, and still, discourteous as I may be, disagree with your assumptions.
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Postby MartitaAQP » Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:08 pm

Not sure what I'm "assuming.: The definition of "illegal" is there is a law prohibiting said action. Therefore, rather than assuming it is illegal, as others do, I am simpy stating the fact that there are no specific laws prohibiting home education. Furthremore, I'm quite sure you can state a difference of opinion withoutbeing discourteous, as it is quite common in these forums.

I am not questioning the quality of all Peruvian schools, but the Peruvian education system is HIGHLY regulated by the national governing agencies, and having worked in the system I am quite familiar with the requirements. While they are extensive, they are not the SAME as the US school system. Considering the depth of English grammar, etc.. required for successful SAT completion (prerequisite to US University admission) I do not think a student educated in the Peruvian system would be successful at the SATs without extensive supplementary preparation. That's not the say the SATs are a great measurement of learning, but Peruvian students are prepared to University entrance exams here and US students are prepared for the SATs. I've seen both and there isn't much correlation. I'd be interested to hear of any actual cases of students graduating from high school in Peru and entering a university in the States. I'm sure it's been done, but doubt it was a smooth road.

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Re: Home Schooling

Postby Remigius » Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:31 pm

MartitaAQP wrote:Not sure what I'm "assuming.: The definition of "illegal" is there is a law prohibiting said action. Therefore, rather than assuming it is illegal, as others do, I am simpy stating the fact that there are no specific laws prohibiting home education. Furthremore, I'm quite sure you can state a difference of opinion withoutbeing discourteous, as it is quite common in these forums.


It remains an assumption to believe that if something isn't specifically mentioned, it's not illegal.
Aside from that, I'm a fair debater with a strong opinion, but I also do my homework and provide arguments to prove my case. You're the first to actually tell me that I'm not courteous. My apologies.

Considering the depth of English grammar, etc.. required for successful SAT completion (prerequisite to US University admission) I do not think a student educated in the Peruvian system would be successful at the SATs without extensive supplementary preparation.

Honestly, I've noticed that Peruvian students from certain private schools are better in grammar than native speakers. There is more emphasis on grammar here than in other countries.
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Re: Home Schooling

Postby Kelly » Mon Sep 13, 2010 11:36 pm

While the discussion of the Peruvian system versus the American is worthy of a lively debate, this is perhaps not the best place to do it. Let's see if we can't get this thread focused on helping the original poster with her query.
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Re: Home Schooling

Postby alexPeru » Tue Sep 14, 2010 10:36 am

I do not think a student educated in the Peruvian system would be successful at the SATs without extensive supplementary preparation.


Having been educated in a private school here in Lima, and having first hand experience of secondary education in the US, I can say that education levels in private schools down here are HIGHLY superior. I was lucky to have done the IB, and when I got to College in the US, I was leaps ahead of the average student, and got a whole years worth of credit because of it. I also got a VERY high SAT score without the need of additional preparation. I have friends from school who have gone to Cambridge, LSE, Harvard, Yale, Duke, Insead and others, and some of these people didn't even do the IB; they did the standard Peruvian Education program. While state schools are miles behind, there is no doubt that Peruvian Private schools, are way ahead...
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Re: Home Schooling

Postby mammalu » Tue Sep 14, 2010 11:03 am

As Kelly stated, this is not the post to reiterate your personal beliefs or accomplishments , but to help the OP with resources and personal experiences. A little bit more of common courtesy and desire to help will go greath lenghts here.
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Postby tupacperu » Tue Sep 14, 2010 12:58 pm

The alternative method is virtual schools, All you need is internet and an address in thr USA (relative etc..) and it is free. My 8 year old did it for a year while in Peru.

http://www.k12.com/

I am a firm believer that education starts at home, whether you home school or send to school. It has to be re-inforced by parents. I have 3 college graduates which I had supplemented their education, with various degrees (BA). Bio-tech, art-animation, has his own animation company (won a few film festivals) and a school teacher (graduated with honors). So, my theory is that even if you do not home school you have to be involved, the other side is on the kids, to point them to a discipline that they enjoy and love, that way they will excell.
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Re: Home Schooling

Postby celestecielo » Tue Sep 14, 2010 2:56 pm

So now that everyone has puffed their chests and made fools out of themselves, I would be interested in what the op finds out with her research.[/quote]


Very well stated. Our jobs as parents is to raise happpy, healthy, OPEN-MINDED, non-mooching citizens of the world. The path in which they take to get there is nobody's business. Period. As even my state's home-school registration website mentions, we're not asking the government's permission to do so, only informing them of our choice when we register them with the state. "Isolating" our children??! That's funny. And it has nothing to do with the OP. Tupac, great suggestion! There are numerous ways to educate our children--online, workbooks, private schools, charter, magnets, and even...wait for it...our courteous example!
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Postby koplinfamilia » Tue Sep 14, 2010 4:51 pm

Although it is very tempting to jump in and cite a long list of reasons for home-schooling, I will refrain as I am confidant in my choice to do so. One thing I would like to state is that I know MANY Americans living abroad as missionaries who home school their children through their local school district here in the States, I will do the same... once I figure out all of the details :) So I am not worried abot the legality of this as myself and our family will always hold American citizenship even if we are granted Peruvian as well.

My main reason for raising the topic was because answers are easy to find here with regard to this topic but I have met only 1-2 people who home-school there in Lima. Although I am familar with how it is done here I would like advice from those schooling there and how the whole thing works. I would also like the friendship of those home-schooling or sympathetic to it :)

I do have to point out.... the idea that home-schooled kids are isolated from society is rediculous! This would mean that they have no after school life like churches, other social groups, extended family, playground trips, sports, music lessons, field trips ect. The average home-school kid in the US has equal interaction with others and the great thing about it is the infulences are controled. We as missionaries will be around people constantly and having the kids with us allows them to learn so much more about life, especially living in another country.
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Postby Kelly » Wed Sep 15, 2010 11:36 am

I've deleted a couple of posts from the thread, as it is moving far afield from the original post.

This is not an education forum, and not the place to debate homeschooling vs. public vs. private. Nor is it the place to debate the Peruvian system vs. the American system (although you're welcome to take that conversation to the News and Views forum if you wish!)

This thread should be populated with posts that can actually help the original poster with her questions. It becomes difficult for new forum members to ask questions when they see thread degenerate into these debates - let's try to keep our responses actually pertinent AND helpful.

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Re: Home Schooling

Postby mariate » Wed Sep 15, 2010 11:21 pm

Whoa! I thought I was the only freak homeschooling in Lima (no offences please, the term is in good vibe :D
Welcome Koplin family. I returne some months ago from a residency of seven years in the States where I homeschool my daughter and yeah, there is tons of resources there (we miss the local library sooooo much).
It´s kind of challenging to take care of your child education here, the notion is alien for mostly everybody, but so far things goes smooth (my extended family, friends and strangers haven´t react negatively, I guess they can see how my child is a pretty well adjusted kid, content and -not to boast, this is a fact for the majority of homeshoolers- a bit advanced academically than their peers. We are catching up in peruvian history which is fun in Lima, where you can walk around and found remains of all the periods of history, also if you like to travell around the country geography gets pretty appealing. There are other activities to do, like the girls scouts, the kids get together once a week, they are an inclusive group, nice and service oriented.
There is tons of discussion about homeschooling but let assure the rest that there´ s a lot of thought and research to do before jumping to the pool and the reasons behind are very diverse (homeshcoolers are not an homogeneous group)Anyhow I will like to let know the Kopln family you can count with us for anything we can be helpful, the same way I was assisted with the tons of questions and doubts I have back there and the homeschooling community was kind enough to welcome us and give a hand with info.
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Re: Home Schooling

Postby LauraMH » Fri Oct 15, 2010 11:19 pm

This has been a helpful thread. I'm not sure about all the info and will have to look into it when the time comes. Our daughter is only 4 months old, but I am not sure how we want to educate her. I know for sure I don't want her in school when she is 3. That is for sure. So I would love options and love to know if people are or know of families with young children living in Arequipa as we will be hopefully moving there in 2011 from Tacna. I'm excited! But so many decisions to make.
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Re: Home Schooling

Postby asgoodasitgets » Wed Oct 27, 2010 4:22 am

MartitaAQP wrote:MartitaAQP wrote:
It's more like not legalized than it "illegal"
Response:
"Don't say things that aren't true. Artículo 17.-La educación inicial, primaria y secundaria son obligatorias. You are obliged to put your child in a nido or school from the age of 3. Keeping your child at home or on the streets, like beggars do, is illegal. Besides, without a state diploma from a good private school chances on a good job are zero."

In addition to the VERY discourteous nature of your response to my statement, it was also in error. The law you just quoted says that EDUCATION is obligatory, and home education is in fact, education. I repeat: homeschooling is not legalized specifically in Peru, nor is it outlawed specifically. You will find that education is also obligatory in the United States, where laws also accept and regulate home educators along with other educational methods. I am not aware of an official registration process as we have in the States, but I am aware of PERUVIANS who homeschool their PERUVIAN children with no legal difficulties.

As to why you would choose home education outside your native country the motives are surely the same as those for which you would choose to home education in your native country, and incremented by the fact that it is difficult to give the incredible gift of English as first fluent language to your children if their primary schooling is in Spanish. But as has been noted, this poster did not ASK for your criticism or opinion on their choice to home education. That thread might be appropriate elsewhere but might also be ill-advised.

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Re: Home Schooling

Postby VillaMariadelTriunfo » Mon Feb 14, 2011 9:55 pm

As for home schooling, if you're an expat, there's no problem at all. Just home school them and follow whatever procedures are necessary in your home state. If you're Peruvian, however, things could be a little more complicated.

There are several possibilities open to you. The first is to simply educate your child with the intention that he will attend a US University. As such, the lack of paperwork in Peru will mean nothing. He can take either the CHSPE or GED, if necessary, and get 1-2 years of college credit by taking the relevant CLEP tests.

A second possibility is just to become a primary school teacher. To those who already have a bachelor's degree in something, I understand it takes only 2 years. Alternatively it may take you 5 years to be Titulado en el nombre de la Nación. From there it's simply a matter of registration with the Ministry of Education.

A third possibility is to start homeschooling with plans to formalize later. There are a variety of accelerated schools designed to help those who never managed to complete secondary (i.e. dropouts) to finish it quickly. If the homeschooling is partially or completely in English, then the accelerated school can focus on lenguaje y literatura or historia del Peru. Assuming the student's education was first rate, he should have little difficulty passing the entrance exam at a prestigious university such as UNI or PUCP.

Finally, although I'm sure that private schools such as Markham, Newton, et. al. are wonderful. On the other hand, Markham costs $800 a month whereas homeschooling can be done for less than $300 for your whole family. In addition, I've seen the documents that one must submit for consideration to the school. In order for your child to be considered the parents must submit their INFOCORP, proof of earnings, title to any land they may have, etc., etc., plus psychological batteries for the children and adults. Even then only about 30 percent of applicants are accepted.

And no, students from prestigious Peruvian private schools (say that 3 times fast) do not beat native speakers in grammar, pronunciation, or vocabulary. Most of them cannot hear the difference between the words "ice" and "eyes" or "niece" and "knees" for example.

So do yourself a favor and get your child watching and listening to Khan Academy as soon as possible and pick up a copy of Robinson Curriculum for $200 (or whatever other system floats your boat).
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Re: Home Schooling

Postby americorps » Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:35 am

I was hoping someone would just contact the ministry of education to find out the real truth and not everyone continue spouting off what they feel they know to be true without real direct evidence.

The FACTS are...

Home schooling is allowed in Peru. Every region has a specialist where you need to register and get copies of the state curriculum.

In Lima it is an office in the basement of the Museo de Nacion near Javiar Prado and Avaiacion in a small basement office.

I spent about an hour today with a Sr. Quispy on the telefone who is eager and excited to talk to anyone who wants to no more and it is a subject he enjoys very much and is well versed on the topic of homeschooling in Peru.

He is sending me an email now with a link to the core required curriculum and contact information for the home schooling organization and his contact as well and I will post that when it comes in.
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Re: Home Schooling

Postby mdprado67 » Tue Feb 15, 2011 12:10 pm

I am currently in Peru from America. I am homeschooling my 3 chidren using the ACE curriculum ( around $400 dollars for the year)that is acredited in the United States. Chidren can take a test to see what level they are on. It is free. My children are 4, 4 and 7. I do hold a BA in education with certification. My masters will be complete in July. I am interested in teaching other children too. Please feel free to contact me. I hope this helps.
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Re: Home Schooling

Postby americorps » Tue Feb 15, 2011 4:22 pm

not that I have any vested interest, but if you do homeschool here in Peru but do not follow the state demanded standards (you are free to teach any additional standards you like) you are violating Peruvian law.

I have not yet received the email, I will contact him again.
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Re: Home Schooling

Postby LauraMH » Tue Feb 15, 2011 6:06 pm

americorps wrote:not that I have any vested interest, but if you do homeschool here in Peru but do not follow the state demanded standards (you are free to teach any additional standards you like) you are violating Peruvian law.

I have not yet received the email, I will contact him again.


so encouraging. I would love to hear what is available in Arequipa. I would also love to know 100% for sure what is required/expected. My daughter will not be 100% vaccinated. I would like to wait until she is at least 5 before putting her into any school system and possibly just homeschool, but I really would love to know my options before she is at that age.

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Re: Home Schooling

Postby americorps » Wed Feb 16, 2011 2:08 pm

Ok, I hope that Alan and Kelly will bear with me as I am going to post what he wrote exactly, even though it is Spanish.
Estimado Señor Kevin
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Sobre su consulta le sugerimos revisar el Art. 5.13 de la Directiva Nº 004-VMGP-2005, aprobada por R.M. Nº 0234-2005-ED. EVALUACIÓN DE LOS APRENDIZAJES DE LOS ESTUDIANTES EN LA EDUCACIÓN BÁSICA REGULAR
en la que se estipula aspectos relacionados a estudios independientes, creo que es ese el tema sobre el cual necesitan informarse el grupo de padres de familia con quienes trabajan ustedes. En todo caso, sería importante que nos visiten a la sede del MED DIGEBR para brindarles más orientaciones.
Saludos,
Edgar Quispe


And here is the link to the guidelines he sent me in PDF (Spanish as well)

http://www.minedu.gob.pe/normatividad/d ... 5-VMGP.pdf

I have sent him a follow-up email asking for the following information.

1. Exact direction and contact info for the office of Estudios Independiente in Lima and Arequipa
2. His contact info should anyone have any more specific questions.

I will post when I get a reply.
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Re: Home Schooling

Postby mobradovich » Mon Jul 11, 2011 4:27 pm

Hello, I moved to Peru last year. and I'm Homeschooling a 6 , 11, and 16 yr old, using abeka academy online streaming, my 16 yr old is taking 11th grade math in 9 th grade and a couple of other Honors classes. Cost for all 3 kids: $ 2450/yr (800+800 +850), books included.. no shipping to Peru included and have to add cost of Internet .
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Re: Home Schooling

Postby heddo7 » Tue Nov 15, 2011 3:29 pm

Hello Everybody.

It was so enlightening to read these post and understand the situation with homeschooling in Peru. My husband and I were previously under the assumption that you couldn't, but I figured it would only be a matter of time before some stubborn Americans found a way to do it.

I am moving with my Peruvian husband to Lima this May 2012, and I would be grateful to get to know any of you who homeschool. Our children are ages 3(almost), 1, and another one due in June and we have not yet started homeschooling or chosen a particular curriculum, but we are excited to at least give it a try once the kids are a little older.

Also, I have a huge interest in the Montessori method and I have so far not found any school that still exists that has a montessori preschool/nido. Has anyone heard of one near la molina? Originally there was one within yelling distance of our apartment, but it's not there anymore.

Thanks to all for posting. I anticipate a lot of grief from family and friends myself, so I'd love to find a good community for support when that time comes.

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Re: Home Schooling

Postby randyuko » Tue Dec 13, 2011 12:30 pm

We live in Lima and my wife and I are homeschooling our boys. First grade and kindergarten. We use a biblical syllabus produced by "My Father's World" and are really happy with it. If you're interested you can find their materials at: http://www.mfwbooks.com/
The idea of homeschooling was a bit intimidating at first but now that we're in it, it's really a great experience both for the boys as well as us. It's a powerful thing to realize your child's getting one-on-one education at the pace best for him- the results have been amazing so far.
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Re: Home Schooling

Postby tupacperu » Wed Dec 14, 2011 3:48 am

We use virtual school for my 9 year old. K12.com.
It is free if you have a local US Address. This frees us up to travel, as long as we have
A laptop and internet. My son attends azva.com (arizona virtual academy).
We use it when we lived in Lima. There are plenty virtual school in many states.
You do not have to join a homeschool organization. All books and materials are free.
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Re: Home Schooling

Postby roadsistercole » Wed Feb 06, 2013 8:07 am

Hi, I would like to homeschool in Cuzco. Can I have any information about how to find the specialist here or even in Lima who maybe could then direct me to the specialist here. Also about how to get the requirements for my area or for Peru in general. Thank you.
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Re: Home Schooling

Postby pelirojaperuana » Wed Feb 06, 2013 4:04 pm

Not only does Peru now have a homeschool system they consider "independent home study" but there are several expat families I know who homeschool. Some have left, some still here... PM me and I can connect you to some!
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Re: Home Schooling

Postby koplinfamilia » Fri Feb 08, 2013 11:15 pm

Well it has been more than two years since my original post and I have learned a lot about home schooling here in Peru. There are in fact two legal and accredited programs that we have found that can be used here in Peru, although we do not use either. For those interested I will list them here:

Spanish ONLY - Liceo Naval offers a distance learning program originally designed for diplomat children who live abroad, it is available to all Peruvians (maybe extranjeros also, not sure). The cost is around $450 a year per student and includes English. I have friends who are entering their second year with the program and highly recommend it.

English Option - School of Tomorrow in La Molina offeres the ACE (Accelerated Christian Education) program and it is accredited in both Peru and the United States. Seems like a great option for anyone who feels comfortable teaching thier child in English. I have multiple friends using it and the Peruvian children are speaking very fluent English as a result. The cost varies but is between $300-$400 per year per child.

What we do, we purchase our curriculum from the USA, so far we have been pleased with My Father's World. We've had no problems from the authorities here in Peru and I do not suspect we will, at least not any time soon. Our kids are American-Peruvians and to supplement their Spanish/Peru History we are going to buy a package offered by School of Tommorrow.

As far as activities, I would like to annouce that we have a home school group that meets for field trips and fun times... all are welcome, even those curious to learn more about home schooling. Please contact me personally if you would like more information. A group of us moms hope to become a source of information for those newcomers to home schooling in Lima.

Please rest assured, you can home school in Lima and there are others here to support you in doing so! God Bless!
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Re: Home Schooling

Postby aymeecita » Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:04 pm

Humm, it was so interesting to read all the replies. Does anybody know how to get in touch with Sr Quispe (ie extension number or office number)? We are going to move to Arequipa, and I already called the Education experts from the Goverment there, but they had no idea what I was talking about, and told me it was illegal. When I told them that it was allowed in Lima then they said that I had to find my own information. Any suggestions?

Also, how did you start homeschooling in Peru? Did you simply started doing it in March (begining of the Peruvian school year) or in August (American begining). Did you do it in English or Spanish, or both? My kids are still young (3 and 1, and one on the way), we are still in the USA planning to move soon, but don't know how to make our homeschooling "legal" in Peru

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Re: Home Schooling

Postby americorps » Tue Apr 09, 2013 11:34 am

http://www.minedu.gob.pe/

call the peruvian ministry of education.

You will most likely have to be persistent until they can connect you with someone who knows about it.

Good luck.
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Re: Home Schooling

Postby ardilla » Tue Apr 09, 2013 4:38 pm

The Peruvian Constitution, articulo 6, states it is the obligation and right of parents “to nourish, educate, and provide security” for their children, and Article 13 gives parents the right “to choose educational centers and to participate in the educational process.”

Also see Ley 28044, Ley General de Educación, articulo 5, “Parents or their substitutes have a duty to educate their children and the right to participate in the educational process and to choose the institutions in which they are educated, according to their convictions and beliefs.”
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Re: Home Schooling

Postby kenpo1st » Sun Dec 13, 2015 5:52 pm

I was hoping to bring back this post. I have 2 children in kindergarten and another going to Elementary level. after evaluating schools, pros and cons we are very interested in homeschooling. Anybody has some new information to share? We will be living between Ecuador and Peru so it may be better to use the Ecuadorian system since they are more home-school friendly.

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