I have two step daughters attending schools in Belize. Shantel is graduating from primary school in Copper Bank this June, and Kayla is in her second year of high school in Corozal Town.
I am really enthusiastic about the local school here in the village. My daughters were attending Catholic schools in Corozal Town before our relocation to Cerros Sands. A lot of the schools in Belize are government schools or funded by churches. Because of the good instruction she is getting at the local village school, her grades have improved by probably almost 25%.
The other day, my daughter said to me, “Dad, guess what, I’m going to finish in the top 10 this year!” And I said, “Oh, that’s great!” And she starts laughing, so I said, “How do you know that?” Her answer was “There are only ten kids in my class!” LOL. The point being she is getting a lot more attention.
All the kids wear uniforms to school. Each school has a different uniform and in high school they have the same uniform but different grades have different bow ties they wear so that teachers can look out in the playground and see that the classes are staying in their group. All children have to go to school until they are 14 or 15 years old.
Expat kids go to the same school where my step daughters go or they may home school. I do know one couple that does home school, though. I cannot tell you enough good things about the schools here in Corozal.
Shantel is playing football, “soccer” in the United States. I didn’t know that she enjoyed the sport and she is doing really well. So now, its time to get her a nice pair of football shoes. They have nice uniforms, games almost every week and she is having a blast. I told her, “You can stay in the sports as long as you keep your grades up.”
Kayla, my oldest daughter was in the school band last year, which means she participated in national competitions for drum and bugle corps. They play, dance and compete against other schools in the country. Last year, they finished third in the Nation and were very disappointed with their finish. They work almost too hard on this level extra-curricular stuff, that I have issues with it. They keep the kids longer than I would expect at night to get the routines down when they have studies the next day.
(Pictured: girls practicing their audio skills, all with a great backdrop.)