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Mr. Bruce Goforth, Executive Director
Inter-American Academy (Guayaquil, Ecuador)
6964 N.W. 50th Street
Miami, Florida 33166-5632
The Inter-American Academy is a private, nonprofit, coeducational day school which offers a U.S. educational program from Readiness through 12. The School was founded in April 1979 to serve the international community of Guayaquil. The school year comprises two semesters extending from early August to mid-December and from early January to late May.
Organization: The School is governed by a 12-member Board of Directors elected from the Inter-American Cultural Association which is composed of parents or guardians of students attending the school.
Curriculum: The curriculum is that of a standard U.S. elementary and high school instruction is in English. Spanish is required of every student and is taught as a foreign language; however, fluency in the language is sought. Special English-as-a-Second Language classes are offered to those students whose level of proficiency is low. Art and music are offered as part of the curriculum. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accredits the school.
Faculty: There are 25 full-time faculty members in the 2000-2001 school year, including 13 U.S. citizens, 6 Ecuadorians, and 6 of other nationalities.
Enrollment: Enrollment at the beginning of the 2000-2001 school year was 233. Nursery-6: 124; 7-12, 109. Of the total 48 were U.S. citizens, 103 were host country nationals and 82 were children of 27 other nationalities. Of the U.S. enrollment, 4 were a dependent of U.S. Government direct-hire or contact employees, 4 of U.S. business and foundation employees, 10 of religious organization employees, and 30 of other private U.S. citizens.
Facilities: The School is located on a beautiful campus in the Puerto Azul section. The 9 buildings house a cafeteria; 31 classrooms including science and computer laboratories; a library; and locker rooms. The contemporary facility has ample outdoor recreational space including a soccer field, a basketball/volleyball court, a tennis court, and track and field area. A covered multi-purpose area has been completed.
Finances: In the 2000-2001 school year, about 87 percent of the School's income derives from regular day school tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: Nursery: $1,580; Readiness: $5,030; Kdg: $5,750; grades 1-8: $6,920; and grades 9-12: $7,580. Registration is included in the amounts listed for tuition. A one time capitalization fee of $2,500 per student is charged. (All above 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.