Ratings and Comments for Escuela Mexicana
Student ratings for Escuela Mexicana
Evaluation from canderson:
The teachers are top notch with their support I quickly learned the language.
Evaluation from cmoore:
I got a lot out of it, more so than any other language class I have ever taken.
Evaluation from kdmoore:
The school is close to historical area - giving one the feeling of being immersed in the past glory.
Evaluation from ubrown:
This is a completely unique experience. I highly recommend this school to other students!
Evaluation from JuneWhite:
The city is great, safe, historical. People are friendly. We (myself and 7 children) were there for 11 weeks. The first 3 weeks of instruction were great, the next 4 weeks 2 of the 3 classes played games, gave minimal instruction, and gave minimal homework (or none). We spoke to the director to no avail. We finally spoke with the owner (Heyde) and the next day we had even better instruction than the first 3 weeks. This lasted for the remaining 4 weeks. Casa Mexicana (the hostel) is next door to a bar that is really noisy on weekend nights. If we had it to do over we would: 1. rent an apartment after a few weeks or month away from the bar, 2. younger children (10 yrs and down) I would have enrolled in a private elementary/kindergarten there, 3. If I had problems and the director did not fix it within a week, I would have spoken to the owner (Heyde) much sooner. She makes things happen. The school is a pretty good value for the money and is a lot better than other language schools we saw. Do not bring a car as there is no place to park in the city.
Evaluation from naomi rosenthal:
Over the past three years I've been to three schools in Mexico and this one is the best yet. Terrific instruction, friendly atmosphere, and insteresting people.
Evaluation from Tejas:
Just spent two weeks at Escuela Mexicana. I took 50 classes during that time, most of which were private, and took at least two classes from every teacher at the school. I learned an incredible amount--the teachers worked together as a team to ensure that my class content was exactly what I needed. The school is picturesque and centrally located. I stayed with a family, which I would definitely recommend. Guanajuato is a great place to study, good sized, with great beauty, many helpful folks and abundant opportunity to try out your new skills.
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Evaluation from playaguya:
I just spent a wonderful 2 weeks at the end of June '06 at Escuela Mexicana. Too bad I couldn't have made it 3. I learned so much....great teachers...very nice facilities...extremely flexible people...helpful director who even sets up tours to other places every weekend...fantastic homestay family...charming and unique university city. I could go on and on, but I'll finish by saying I think I'll go back again next summer. So an extremely strong recommendation from someone who knows a bit about studying languages, since I teach French and speak Italian too.
Evaluation from amigodeun:
Awesome city. Great Teachers. Lousy Administration. Mediocre Curriculum. Guanajuato is incredible. Find another school.
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Evaluation from krschill:
I had an amazing experience at Escuela Mexicana. Highly recommended.
Evaluation from samaraj:
I'm a college student, and I spent three weeks in Escuela Mexicana in September 2013. I loved my stay there and learned far more than in months of college classes. I stayed with Hayde's family, and was treated to amazing meals and even family outings. The teachers were very organized, with great lesson plans, and took the time to show their students around after classes. We were taken to watch a futbol match, out hiking, out dancing...and I found it easy to make friends with the students and teachers. Range of ages - I was one of the youngest. Young people and families could feel equally at home. Guanajuato is one of my favorite places in the world - safe, beautiful, friendly. You can while away the afternoon sitting at a cafe or Teatro Juarez and all your friends will walk by at some point. Cons: it's not really set up for longer learning - I feel that if you're there for more than a month, a more structured school where everyone starts at the same time would be better. People drop in and out which can be sad. Also for a longer stay, staying in the hostel might be better value. It also frees you up for trying cheap and tasty food at the cafes, instead of having to go home for a late lunch. I didn't take any of the extra activity classes to save money, but you should definitely take more than one class, and I found conversation less useful than other classes.
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Evaluation from DanielGola:
August 2011. I highly recommend this school. This was my first experience with travelling and studying abroad. The city is beautiful. Everyone is friendly. There is a lot to do and see. The staff and teachers are all highly qualified. By the end of my two weeks at Escuela Mexicana I was wanting to stay longer. The school created a family atmosphere. At the end of my two weeks students received certificates for completing the program. The following evening one of the teachers had a going away party for us. The school goes above and beyond to ensure that all students have a true Mexican experience. I am considering returning to Escuela Mexican.
Evaluation from prylett:
As the first school that I went to in Mexico, I originally had nothing to compare it with. Four other schools later, I can say this is the best I have been to. Great location too.
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Evaluation from RoseofPaloAlto:
I've studied Spanish in six different schools in Guatemala and Mexico, including 4 weeks at Escuela Mexicana. Be aware that the school has no heating and the building stays colder than the daytime outdoor temps in Jan and Feb, when the nighttime temps drop to the 30s and 40s. A hat, layers of clothes and warm shoes and socks are a must (even gloves at times). Teachers vary in teaching ability and the class structure is in 50 min. intervals. There is little time to socialize between classes (unlike in Guatemala and Oaxaca) and the school offers no coffee (nor snacks) to help offset the cold (again unlike every other Spanish school I've attended). The short sessions don't lend themselves to deeper learning; the teachers were more focused on what they wanted to teach and not necessarily what their students needed. Teachers change weekly, as does your schedule. My first week I started at 11 am and finished at 3 pm. My friend started at 9 am, had a midway break and finished at 2 pm. Every week the teachers and timing was different. BE AWARE that discounts suggested on their website were not accurate -- ask explicitly by email before firming up your plans. Guanajuato is a beautiful city with lovely people, lots of museums, concerts and hiking. If you fly into Leon, it's only 25 or so minutes away, vs 4-5 hour bus trip from Mexico City. GREAT city to visit but Escuela Mexicana is a so-so school. I changed schools at the end and was much happier. Visit Guanajuato but I recommend you research the various schools carefully before choosing.