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Pan American School of Bahia

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Dr. Mary Jo Heatherington, Superintendent
Pan American School of Bahia
Caixa Postal 231
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil 40.001-970
Tel: 55-71-367-9099
Fax: 55-71-367-9090
E-mail: epaba@svn.com.br


The Pan American School of Bahia, founded in 1960, is a private, coeducational day school which offers an educational program from early childhood through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The school year comprises two semesters extending from August to December and from February to June.

Organization: The School is governed by an 8-member Board of Directors elected for a 2-year term by the Association of Parents and is registered as "Escola Pan Americana da Bahia." The School does not have tax-exempt status in the United States, but does maintain a tax-exempt status with the Brazilian government.

Curriculum: The curriculum is that of U.S. college preparatory schools, with courses designed to also meet requirements of the Brazilian Ministry of Education. The testing program includes IOWA and TAP tests as well as the College Board tests. Instruction is in English and Portuguese where required. Nearly all graduates continue with higher education. The School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Faculty: There are 56 full-time and 5 part-time faculty members in the 2000-2001 school year, including 22 U.S. citizens, 35 Brazilians, and 4 of other nationalities. The School is administered by a superintendent, 2 principals, and a Brazilian program coordinator. The staff also includes a library/media specialist, a school counselor, a full-time nurse, 2 ESL specialist, art teachers, and 4 classroom aides.

Enrollment: Enrollment at the beginning of the 2000-2001 school year was 382 (EC-grade 5: 219; grades 6-8: 90; and grades 9-12: 73). Of the total, 27 were U.S. citizens, 293 were host-country nationals, and 62 were children of 15 other nationalities. Of the U.S. enrollment, 20 were dependents of U.S. business and foundation employees, 4 of religious organization employees, and 3 of other private U.S. citizens.

Facilities: The School is made up of two connecting structures. Early Childhood through grade 4 are located in an air-conditioned building which also houses administrative offices and a computer lab. The middle and high schools are located in a 2-story building with an automated library, 2 science labs, and a computer center. There are soccer fields, a semi-Olympic swimming pool, playgrounds, and a covered gymnasium for all grade levels.

Finances: In the 2000-2001 school year, most of the School's income derives from tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: EC: $4,800; Kdg.-6: $6,516; grades 7-12: $7,380. There is an entrance fee of $2,000 with an annual development fund fee of $500. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars).

This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. The Office of Overseas Schools (A/OPR/OS) may have more detailed information. Prospective users of the schools may wish to inquire further with A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the minute information regarding curriculum, special programs and the like.