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Pedasi Area School Guide

Moving to Panama itself is a new challenge for most people. But moving to Panama with kids is even a greater challenge. Hats off to parents who made this hard but great choice for your kids. Today we hope to ease your concerns about moving to Panama with kids. One of the most asked questions among families moving to Panama is the school option.

What are school options in Panama?

Are there any good bilingual/international schools in Panama?

Can they go to a public school in Panama?

How is the education level in Panama?

What is the cost of private school in Panama?

Is it an accredited school?


If you live in Panama city, you have a lot of options for your children’s education. There are many bilingual schools and international schools in Panama city and surrounding areas. But not everyone wants to live in the big city. 


Pedasi is located in a 45min airplane ride or 4 and half hour drive from Panama City. It is an up and coming beach town for a lot of expats. Beautiful beaches are only 5 to 10 min away, this charming town is quiet(except for the festival season), clean, and Panamanians are very welcoming and kind. 


Here is some information for schools in Pedasi and surrounding areas.


There are several choices for school.

1. Montessori Pedasi


Montessori Pedasi is a carefully prepared environment that reflects the child’s inner desire to learn.
They opened in December 2021 founded by Montessori Master Teacher Crystal who has worked in Montessori for 24 years. With international experience owning and operating schools worldwide, she met a family who wanted Montessori in Pedasi. After some time, she decided to make the
move and open a community learning center here in Pedasi.
Enrolment is open throughout the academic year and being a community learning center fees are kept low, especially compared to other countries.
They accept all children regardless of background or ability and work at each child's pace. English and Spanish are the main teaching languages.

Age Group: 2 classes, 2.5 to 5 years and 6 to 12 years old
School Hours: 8:30am to 2:00pm
Teaching Method: Montessori
Accredited: No
Monthly School Fee:
Address: Los Mangoes, Pedasi, Panama (In downtown Pedasi)
Telephone: 507.6581.9970
WhatsApp: +1 705.917.0342

2. Manglares Discovery School in Canas

Age Group:  Age 3 and UP

Teaching Method: Singapore curriculum
Accredited: No

Address: Cañas Jungle Adventure, Cañas, District of Tonosí, Panama
(45 min drive from Pedasi) 

Telephone: +507 6427 6163

WhatsApp: +1 705.917.0342



3. Public Schools

Yes, expats children can go to Public school. Benefit of going to a public school is that kids can make a lot of local friends. Their Spanish will improve really fast. Their actual education part might get behind due to a lack of Spanish language skill but you can always follow up at home. Kids will come home early so they have plenty of time to enjoy after school activities such as sports. But not all teachers speak English so parents are required to have some basic Spanish knowledge or have a translator or a good friend who will help you.

Here are the public school options in the Pedasi area.

  • CEBG Plinio A Moscoso in Pedasi(Kindergarten to Grade 6)

  • Escuela Pablo Ballesteros in Asientos(Kindergarten to Grade 6)

  • Instituti Plino Antonio in Pedasi(Middle School Grade 7 to 9 and High School)

  • Colegio Nocturno in Pedasi(Middle School Grade 7 to 9 and High School but for adult students)

4. CADI Bilingual Academy in Las Tablas

It is a very popular private school among local Panamanians. Majority of students are Panamanians. They teach from preschool to high school. Located in Las Tablas and David. It is a traditional classroom setting. What they are unique about is its Robotic classes and Folklore classes. They are focused on learning technology and keeping their Panamanian traditions. It takes about 45 min from Pedasi by car and most students either take a school bus or parents drive kids to school. 

Age Group:  Preschool to high school. 

School Hours: 7:30am to 2:45pm

Teaching Method: Panamanian curriculum
Accredited: Yes
Monthly School Fee: Just over $100. Different based on the grade

Address: Doble vía, detrás de Nutre Hogar.

​Urbanización Vizcaya, 4ta calle, Las Tablas

Telephone: (+507) 923-2313

(+507) 923-2314

​(+507) 6689-9446



5. Online Schools

There are many online school choices out there for Online schools that are accredited.
Such as Education World Wide.

Other choices not accredited but great teaching materials and online classes such as 


Reading Eggs

Teaching Textbooks


Kids Britannica

( I personally used them all for our children and we love them)