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Mr. Robert Trent, Director General
The American School Foundation of Guadalajara is a private, coeducational school which offers an educational program from nursery and prekindergarten to grade 12. The School was originally founded in 1915 and reestablished in 1956. The school year extends approximately from August 23 to June 24.
Organization: The School is governed by a 12-member Board of Directors elected for terms of 1 to 3 years by the American School Board of Founders, the sponsor of the School. The School is incorporated and has tax-exempt status in Mexico.
Curriculum: The curricula are those of U.S. general academic and college-preparatory public schools and various official Mexican programs. Instruction is in English and Spanish. The early childhood program (N-K) and the primary section (P1-4) offer English and Spanish instruction. The U.S. middle school (grades 5-8) and high school (grades 9-12) programs are taught in English. The Mexican secondary program (3 years of Secundaria plus 3 years of Bachillerato) is taught in English and Spanish. The School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. There is no religious instruction. The high majority of graduates go on to colleges and universities in the United States and Mexico. The School offers special education services for learning disabilities.
Faculty: There are 134 full-time faculty members in the 1999-2000 school year, including 45 U.S. citizens, 79 Mexicans, and 10 of other nationalities.
Enrollment: Enrollment at the beginning of the 1999-2000 school year was 1,291 (N-4: 700; 5-12: 591). Of the total, 168 were U.S. citizens, 1,071 were Mexicans, and 52 were children of 18 other nationalities. Of the U.S. enrollment, 21 were dependents of U.S. government direct-hire or contract employees, 101 were dependents of U.S. business and foundation employees, 6 of religious organization employees and 40 of other private U.S. citizens.
Facilities: The School owns its own property (approximately 5 acres). There are 86 classrooms, 4 science laboratories, 2 media centers, 3 art rooms, 5 administration suites, an auditorium, an infirmary, 2 snack bars, a teaching kitchen, a multipurpose gymnasium, teaching playground and sports areas, 4 computer laboratories, and a swimming pool.
Finances: In the 1999-2000 school year, annual tuition rates are as follows: N/PK-Kdg.: $2,200; grades 1-6: $3,150; grades 7-9: $3,600 and grades 10-12: $3,700. In addition, there is an annual registration fee of $1,570 and an admission fee for all new students as follows: N/PK-Kdg: $1,600; grades 1-6: $1,600; grades 7-9: $800; grades 10-12: $400. (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 of A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the-minute information regarding curriculum, special programs and the like.