officially the Republic of Panama (Spanish: República de Panamá), is a country in Central America, bordered by Costa Rica to the west, Colombia to the southeast, the Caribbean Sea to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south. The capital and largest city is Panama City, whose metropolitan area is home to nearly half the country’s 4 million people.
Panama was inhabited by indigenous tribes before Spanish colonists arrived in the 16th century. It broke away from Spain in 1821 and joined the Republic of Gran Colombia, a union of Nueva Granada, Ecuador, and Venezuela. After Gran Colombia dissolved in 1831, Panama and Nueva Granada eventually became the Republic of Colombia. With the backing of the United States, Panama seceded from Colombia in 1903, allowing the construction of the Panama Canal to be completed by the US Army Corps of Engineers between 1904 and 1914. The 1977 Torrijos–Carter Treaties led to the transfer of the Canal from the United States to Panama on December 31, 1999.
Revenue from canal tolls continues to represent a significant portion of Panama’s GDP, although commerce, banking, and tourism are major and growing sectors. In 2015 Panama ranked 60th in the world in terms of the Human Development Index. Since 2010, Panama has been the second-most competitive economy in Latin America, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index. Covering around 40 percent of its land area, Panama’s jungles are home to an abundance of tropical plants and animals – some of them found nowhere else on the planet. Panama is a founding member of the United Nations and other international organizations such as OAS, LAIA, G77, WHO and NAM
Panama has many good private schools to choose from for expats relocating here. Panama’s private schools are amongst the top in Central America, and are easily comparable with the quality of education offered by schools in North America.
It is recommended that foreigners enroll their children into private schools in Panama, because Panama’s public schools lack resources, good teachers, and have poor curriculum. Another problem is over crowding where schools have students either attending the morning session or the afternoons, and not full time, resulting in half the hours of instruction offered in North American schools. Below are the top 10 expensive schools in Panama in 2017……
10. Oxford School
Tuition fee – $7,400 – 10,000
Oxford School should not be confused with Oxford International School which is another good school in Panama City. The Oxford School was founded in 1984 and is the first private international British school in Panama. It follows the National Curriculum of England.
9. Colegio San Agustin
Tuition fee – $7,500 – $9,900
Colegio San Agustin was established in 1954. San Agustin school has a total enrollment of 2,000 students from Pre-K to 12th grade. This school is located in Costa del Este district and the school year runs from March.
8. Oxford International School
Tuition fee – $7,900 – $9,600
Oxford International School is a well respected private school. The school is located in the Bella Vista district in Panama City on Via España street.
The Oxford International School of Panama was founded in 1983 and accredited by the Panama Ministry of Education, as well as the following certificates: Northwest Association of Accredited Schools and Commission on International and Trans-regional Accreditation” (CITA).
7. The Panamamerican School
Tuition fee – $7,900 – $10,650
The Panamamerican School is located in the Cerro Viento district. This school’s academic year is from March thru December. It is one of only two schools in Panama offering curriculum for handicapped students and children with learning disabilities.
6. Colegio De La Salle Salle
Tuition fee – $8,200 – $10,300
Colegio De La Salle is a Christian school, founded in 1908 as an educational institution, while its main concern is the integral formation of each student, respecting the free development of personality within the concepts of Christian ethics, a sense of community acts, socio-cultural and commitment of every citizen.