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Mr. Dennis Smith, Superintendent
American International School of Bolivia
The American International School of Bolivia is a private, coeducational day school which offers an educational program from prekindergarten (age 3) through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The School was founded in August 1993. The school year comprises 2 semesters extending from August to mid-December and from mid-January through May.
Organization: The School is governed by an 8-member Board of Directors who have permanent vested seats.
Curriculum: The School offers 3 high school diplomas: the Bolivian Bachillerato, the International Baccalaureate (IB) and accredited U.S. High School Diploma. The curriculum reflects a strong emphasis on whole-language plus phonics at the elementary level and U.S. college preparation at the secondary level and follows the guideline of the IB program (which includes a strong commitment to community service). Spanish is required for all students in grades 1-12. All classes, except for language instruction, are taught in English. All students who are admitted without having a command of the English language enter the English Language Institute before being mainstreamed into their regular classes. Electives include psychology, film study, computer science, creative writing, studio art, drama, theory of knowledge, and foreign languages (French, German, Dutch, Portuguese). The School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The School is an associate of the Association of American Schools in South America and the European Council of International Schools.
Faculty: There are 31 full-time and 8 part-time faculty members in the 2000-2001 school year, including 15 U.S. citizens, 16 Bolivians, and 8 of other nationalities.
Enrollment: Enrollment at the beginning of the 2000-2001 school year was 262 (PK-Kdg.: 31; grades 1-4: 60; grades 5-8: 70; and grades 9-12: 101). Of the total, 28 were U.S. citizens, 150 were host-country nationals, and 84 were children of other nationalities. Of the U.S. enrollment, 5 were dependents of U.S. government direct-hire employees and 23 of other private U.S. citizens.
Facilities: The School is situated on a large, landscaped site about 8 km. outside the city center of Cochabamba. Its physical facilities include a library, 2 computer laboratories, 17 classrooms, 2 art studios, 2 science laboratories, separate prekindergarten and kindergarten classrooms, an English Language Institute, a photography lab, and a kitchen/outdoor cafeteria. The school grounds include a swimming pool and changing rooms, a basketball court, a regulation soccer field, a baseball field, a tennis court, and campout area.
Finances: In the 2000-2001 school year, most of the School's income derives from tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $1,160; Kdg.: $1,740; grades 1-4: $4,060; grades 5-8: $4,350; and grades 9-12: $4,960. In addition, a nonrefundable admission fee of $2,320 per student is required at the time of enrollment. (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.