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The International School of Panama

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Mr. James Doran, Director
The International School of Panama
P.O. Box 6-7589
El Dorado, Panama, Republic of Panama
Tel: 507-266-7037
Fax: 507-266-7808
E-mail: isp@edu.pa

2000-2001

The International School of Panama 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 1982. The school year comprises 2 semesters extending from August 14 to June 20.

Organization: The School is governed by an 11-member Board of Directors, who are elected for 3-year terms by the Association of the International School of Panama. Membership in the Association is automatically conferred on the parents or guardians of the children enrolled in the School. The School is tax-exempt in Panama.

Curriculum: The curriculum is that of a U.S. college-preparatory public school although students are also prepared for the International Baccalaureate in grades 11 and 12. Instruction is in English. There is no religious instruction. The School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Faculty: There are 71 full-time and 2 part-time faculty members in the 2000-2001 school year, including 15 U.S. citizens, 47 Panamanians, and 11 persons of other nationalities.

Enrollment: Enrollment at the beginning of the 2000-2001 school year was 560 (PK-5: 232; 6-8: 138; and 9-12: 190). Of the total, 117 were U.S. citizens, 211 were host-country nationals, and 232 were children of other nationalities. Of the U.S. enrollment, 24 were dependents of U.S. government direct-hire or contract employees, 11 of U.S. business and foundation employees, 3 of religious organization employees, and 79 of other private U.S. citizens.

Facilities: The School has a 36 air-conditioned classroom complex, which includes a library; an administrative building; spacious laboratories for art, computers, and science; track and field facilities; and a new air-conditioned gymnasium/multi-purpose building. The campus is located on 8 hectares in the Cerro Viento area.

Finances: In the 2000-2001 school year, annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $3,160; Kdg.: $5,332; grades 1-5: $5,560; grades 6-8: $6,192 and grades 9-12: $6,892 payable in U.S. dollars or Panamanian Balboas. (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.