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Playa Venao: Then, Now and Tomorrow

Schools near Coronado and Panama’s beaches area

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For parents looking into international schools in the beaches area near Coronado, Panama your options now include three schools:  The Coronado International school, Panama Coast International Schoo, and the new Five Stars Academy.  The first two schools are located within minutes of the Interamerican highway, meaning full time residents in areas like Buenaventura, Playa Blanca, Vista Mar, and San Carlos will all be within a 20 minute drive to both schools.  Five Stars School is located in Santa Clara.

The Coronado International School offers classes from 1st grade through the 12th grade.  They are located in Coronado proper on a 5 hectare site.

Pulling the information from their website, costs are the following:

Admission Exam                                               US $ 75.00

Annual Registration                                        US $600.00

MEREB                                                                  US $30.00 (Online Educational System)

Annual Payment PK2 – K                         US $2,800.00 (10 quotas of US $280.00)

Annual Payment 1 to 6th Grade                 US $3,200.00 (10 quotas of US $320.00)

Annual Payment 7th Grade                          US $3,400.00 (10 quotas of US $340.00) August 2013

  • The monthly payment does not include books, or school supplies.
  • The admissions fee does not guarantee entrance of the student to the school.
  • The monthly quotas are paid during the first 10 days of the month during 10 months and will have late payment surcharge of 5% on monthly balance.
  • Payment of annual registration guarantees the space.
  • CIS offers discount for families with more than two children.

Panama Coast International School is located in Gorgona which is the town neighboring Coronado.  Their website can be found by visiting:

Per their website:

Classes are held from August to June (Monday to Thursday 8:00 am to 3:00 pm) and students are welcome to enroll at any time during the year. Besides the core subjects of Mathematics, English Language Arts, Science and Social Studies all students attend daily Spanish classes and weekly Art, Music and PE classes.

High-school students receive a North-American diploma and are fully prepared to attend university. Academic activities are project based and students are expected to participate in extra-curricular activities including community service, the Science Fair, musical and theatrical performances, and journalism.

Currently, there are sixty students from Europe, North America, and Latin America and the school will grow as the expat community grows.  Please contact them directly for costs and admission by visiting their website.

Five Stars Academy currently offers classes from pre-K to 12th grade and there teachers are US citizens who have obtained their Master’s of Education certification in the United States, who bring their experience, training, and education to every aspect of the classroom.  Tuition rates on a monthly basis are

Pre-K:  $275 1/2 day, $325 full day per month

K-5: $325 per month

6-8: $350

9-12: $400
For more information on Five Stars, please visit their website at

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  1. My son need to start from English to attend an international school, please, can you advise wich school may take 12 years old Ukrainian born boy?? Thanks a lot!!
    Our family not speak Spanish, sorry, but English we can,

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