Belize may not always be thought of as a family destination but as an increasing number of people make their homes there, thereÂs plenty of demand for good schools.Â Alongside increasingly good high school education, tertiary educational options are expanding, providing more diverse opportunities for those growing up there.
This week, for example, San Pedro Junior College welcomed a fresh batch of students with an evening of games and social opportunities.
Living in Belize is a dream for many people.Â With its white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, Ambergris Caye Island is particularly easy to fall in love with, yet some families hesitate to move there because they fear there will be a shortage of opportunities for their children.Â In fact, there are some excellent private schools that offer a high standard of tuition at what is, in US terms, a very reasonable cost.Â Thanks to the widespread availability of scholarships, a good mix of students reaches these schools, so attending one wonÂt mean that kids miss out on the chance to feel like locals.
Because not all Belizean families can afford to educate their kids past primary school, with some dropping out to work in family businesses, thereÂs a smaller choice of high schools and itÂs worth keeping this in mind when choosing an area in which to buy Ambergris Caye real estate. Â Junior colleges like San PedroÂs sometimes take in high school students as well and offer an enhanced learning experience because of their more extensive facilities, while learning alongside older students can be inspirational for some.Â In the case of the San Pedro institution, lesson plans are designed so they can fit around traditional working hours, allowing young people who want to explore their options to hold down jobs alongside their studies.
Upon graduating from college, the brightest young people often go on to study at the University of Belize, whose multiple campuses make it easy to access from anywhere in the country.Â Although not yet recognized by international academic institutions, it runs some excellent joint programs with universities in the US and studying there can work effectively alongside taking correspondence courses based at universities abroad.
With so many great options plus all the fun of growing up in a sun-soaked paradise, itÂs great to be a kid in Belize, and parents shouldnÂt let their family responsibilities put them off making the move.