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The American School is a private, coeducational day school that offers an educational program from nursery through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1946. The school year extends approximately from August 15 to June 15.
Organization: The Sociedad Educacional Interamericana De Tegucigalpa, which elects a 9-member Board of Directors, governs The School. Membership in the Sociedad is automatically conferred on the parents or guardians of the children enrolled in the School. The School is incorporated and has tax-exempt status in Honduras, but neither applies in the United States.
Curriculum: This as a college-preparatory school, accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Honduran Ministry of Education, and the International Baccalaureate Organization for the Diploma Program. Most non-Honduran students receive a standard high school diploma upon completion of a 4 year program. Instruction is in English except for some courses taught in grades 7-12 for Honduran students. Students are expected to become billingual, therefore all receive instruction in Spanish and English at all levels. There is no religious instruction. High school students take 4 years each of science, math, social studies, English and Spanish as well as electives in other areas. A full program of interscholastic sports is offered, although the facilities and length of the seasons do not compare to the typical American programs.
Faculty: There are 64 full-time and 2 part-time faculty members in the 2000-2001 school year, including 23 U.S. citizens, 2 Canadians, 1 Irish and 40 Hondurans.
Enrollment: Enrollment at the beginning of the 2000-2001 school year was 1,116 (N-Kdg.: 237; grades 1-6: 469; and grades 7-12: 410). Of the total, 47 were U.S. citizens, 1,015 were Hondurans, and 54 were other international students.
Facilities: The School has 61 classrooms, including science and computer laboratories in the elementary and secondary buildings, rooms for music, and a separate preschool building. The elementary complex was extensively renovated and refurbished during the summer of 1997. In addition, there are elementary and secondary libraries, counselor offices, and a gymnasium.
Finances: In the 2000-2001 school year, approximately 95 percent of the School's income derive from regular day school tuition and fees. Annual tuition and fees are as follows: N-PK: $1,600; Kdg.: $2,150; grades 1-6: $3,576; and grades 7-12: $4,104. A one-time entrance fee of $2,500 is charged. Bus fees included in tuition. (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.