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The American School of Puerto Vallarta

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Mr. Gerald Selitzer, Director
American School of Puerto Vallarta
Apartado Postal 275-B
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco 48300, Mexico
Tel: 52-322-1-1525
Fax: 52-322-1-1996
E-mail: gsel@pvnet.com.mx


The American School of Puerto Vallarta is an independent, nonprofit, nonsectarian, coeducational institution offering a bilingual, bicultural education for students from preschool through grade 12. The School was founded in 1986 by local business leaders, intent upon offering an American-type education to the children of Puerto Vallarta. The school year consists of a total of 187 days and extends from September to June.

Organization: The School is governed by a 9-member School Board comprised of parents and interested members of the community. The Board has the same responsibilities and authority as public school boards in the United States. Members are appointed by a Board of Founders and serve for 5 years.

Curriculum: The curriculum is that of general academic public schools in the United States and Mexico. Instruction is in English and Spanish. Both English and Spanish are offered as a second language. Strong emphasis is placed on individualized instruction, second language acquisition, cooperative teaching, and individualized study techniques. Pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and transitional first grade are total English immersion programs. In grades 1-6, students are enrolled in the U.S. program one half of the day and in the Mexican program one half of the day. In grades 7-9, all instruction is in English, supplemented by special classes in English and Spanish as second languages, in addition to extensive computer studies, music, and physical education. High school students are offered both an American High School Diploma program and/or the Mexican Preparatoria Diploma program of studies. The School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Mexican Ministry of Education, and The National University of Mexico.

Faculty: There are 31 full-time and 2 part-time faculty members in the 2000-2001 school year, including 14 U.S. citizens, 12 Mexicans, and 7 Canadians.

Enrollment: Enrollment at the beginning of the 2000-2001 school year was 337 (PK-Kdg.: 37; grades Pre-first-grade 6: 145; grades 7-9: 76; and grades 10-12: 79). Of the total, 61 were U.S. citizens, 242 were Mexicans and 34 were of other nationalities. Of the U.S. enrollment, 3 were dependents of U.S. government direct-hire or contract employees and 58 of private U.S. citizens.

Facilities: The school plant consists of 3 buildings which house 20 classrooms, a full library, science and computer laboratories, administrative offices, restrooms, storerooms, and a cafeteria. The grounds include a cement play patio, a grass-covered sports field and track, an open theater, and a preschool play area. The School's property extends to more than 7 acres, which is sufficient for future growth and expansion.

Finances: The School's operational budget derives from enrollment and tuition fees. All capital outlay is accomplished through donations. Annual tuition rates during the 2000-2001 school year are as follows: PK: $2,429; Kdg.: $3,521; grades Pre-1-6: $4,894 grades 7-9: $5,055; and grades 10-12: $5,293. New student enrollment fees: Pre-1-grade 6: $111; and grades 7-12: $333. (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.