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The American Cooperative School of La Paz, Bolivia, is a private, coeducational day school which offers an educational program from Pre-kindergarten through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1955. The school year comprises 2 semesters extending from August 9 to December 15 and from January 8 to May 25.
Organization: The School is governed by a 9-member Board of Directors elected for 2-year terms by the members of the Cooperative. Membership in the Association is automatically conferred on the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the school. The School is incorporated in the U.S. and is tax-exempt in the U.S. It is officially recognized by the Bolivian Government.
Curriculum: The curriculum is that of U.S. general academic, college-preparatory public schools. The school testing program includes the College Entrance Examination Board tests. Instruction is in English. Spanish and French are taught as foreign languages. Art, music appreciation, and computer courses are offered. There is no religious instruction. Most of the graduates go on to colleges and universities in the United States. The School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Faculty: There are 53 full-time and 4 part-time faculty members in the 2000-2001 school year, including 38 North Americans, 14 Bolivians, and 5 persons of other nationalities. The School employs 1 guidance counselors, a full-time registered nurse, and 10 teacher aides.
Enrollment: Enrollment at the beginning of the 2000-2001 school year was 517 (PK-grade 5: 248; grades 6-8: 124; and grades 9-12: 145). Of the total, 157 were U.S. citizens, 251 were host-country nationals, and 109 were children of 24 other nationalities. Of the U.S. enrollment, 82 were dependents of U.S. government direct-hire or contract employees, and 75 of other private U.S. citizens.
Facilities: The School is located on the outskirts of the city. The buildings are new, including an auditorium, a theater, a gymnasium, a library, classrooms, tennis courts, racquetball courts, and an indoor heated swimming pool.
Finances: In the 2000-2001 school year, about 98 percent of the School's income derives from regular day school tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK-Kdg.: $4,360; grades 1-5: $6,260; and grades 6-12: $6,460, payable in U.S. dollars. In addition, there is a one-time entrance fee of $2,500 per student. (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.