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American-Nicaraguan School

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Ms. Mary Ellen Normandin, Director
American-Nicaraguan School
c/o American Embassy Managua
Department of State
Washington, D. C. 20521-3240
Tel: 505-2-782-565
Fax: 505-2-673-088
E-mail: mnormandin@nicanet.com.ni

The American-Nicaraguan School is a private, non-sectarian coeducational day school, which offers an educational program from prekindergarten through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1944. The school year comprises 2 semesters extending from August to December and from January to June.

Organization: The School is governed by a 7-member Board of Directors elected by the Association Pro-Escuela Americana, the sponsor of the School. Membership in the Association is automatically conferred on the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the School. The School is incorporated and has tax-exempt status in Nicaragua, but not in the United States.

Curriculum: The curriculum is comparable to that offered in college-preparatory schools of like size in the United States and also includes the Nicaraguan Bachillerato program. English is the language of instruction at all levels. Spanish is a required subject of study throughout the system and English-Spanish bilingualism is a major curricular objective. Most graduates enter colleges and universities in the United States. The School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The School also offers a 16-step English Language Institute program in English-as-a-Foreign-Language during Saturday mornings.

Faculty: There are 132 full-time faculty members and administrators in the 1999-2000 school year, including 64 U.S. citizens, 57 Nicaraguans and 11 persons of other nationalities. Most are licensed to teach in the United States, Nicaragua or their native country. Four of the 5 administrators are U.S. citizens.

Enrollment: Enrollment at the beginning of the 1999-2000 school year was 1,363 (PK-grade 6: 693; grades 7-12: 670). Of the total, 566 were U.S. citizens, 524 were host-country nationals, and 273 were children of 33 other nationalities. Of the U.S. enrollment, 25 were dependents of U.S. government direct-hire employees, 30 of U.S. business and foundation employees, and 511 of other private U.S. citizens.

Facilities: The School owns a 26-acre campus which contains 81 classroom units, new science laboratories, physical education changing facilities, playground, sports fields, and a full instructional media center consisting of libraries, meeting rooms, and computer labs. There is also a resource center, a gymnasium, and audio visual rooms. Five new classrooms were constructed this year, and a new technology building, housing computer labs and space for a robotics laboratory were opened. There are also 8 apartments newly constructed for recruited teachers on campus.

Finances: In the 1999-2000 school year, about 75% of the School's income derives from regular day school tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $2,760; Kdg.-grade 6: $3,060; and grades 7-12: $3,120, with 60% payable in U.S. dollars and 40% payable in Nicaraguan cordobas. (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.