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Mr. Michael D. Popinchalk, Headmaster
The International School of Port-of-Spain
(Trinidad and Tobago)
8326 N.W. 56th Street
Miami, FL 33166
The International School of Port-of-Spain is a private, coeducational day school which offers an educational program for students in prekindergarten through grade 12. The School began operations in September 1994. The school year comprises 2 semesters extending from August 24 to December 17 and January 4 to June 11.
Organization: The School is governed by a Board of Directors presently comprising 7 members. Three of the directors are elected by parents through the Parent-Teacher Organization, 3 of the directors are representatives of major corporate sponsors of the School, and the 6th director is an appointee of the U.S. Ambassador. The School is operated with the consent and support of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.
Curriculum: The curriculum is that of a U.S. academic college-preparatory school. Spanish is taught as a foreign language. All students participate in art, music, physical education, and computer studies as well as in core academic subjects. Individualized scheduling in core subject areas is offered for students in grades 7-12 to promote high levels of academic achievement. A special needs program is available. The School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Faculty: There are 38 full-time and 5 part-time faculty members in the 1998-99 school year, including 11 U.S. citizens, 28 Trinidadians, and 4 of other nationalities. The headmaster and deputy headmaster are experienced overseas school administrators and facilitate a number of educational initiatives within the School and the local community.
Enrollment: Enrollment at the beginning of the 1998-99 school year was 225 (K-grade 6: 122; and grades 7-12: 103). Of the total, 136 were U.S. citizens, 23 were host-country nationals, and 66 were children of other nationalities. Of the U.S. enrollment, 20 were dependents of U.S. government direct-hire employees, 113 of U.S. business and foundation employees, and 3 of other private U.S. citizens.
Facilities: The School is presently located at 3 sites. A renovated Victorian building near the main administration offices in Port of Spain houses prekindergarten through grade 3. The Central Administration Office and Grades 4-6 are housed at 18 Victoria Avenue, the original site of the School. Grades 7-12 are located at 44 Diego Martin Main Road. The facilities include air-conditioned buildings, 2 computer labs, 3 science labs, 2 library/media centers, 25 classrooms, asphalt play yards and enclosed activity areas. A purpose-built campus will be completed during the 1998-99 academic year.
Finances: In the 1998-99 school year, annual tuition rates are as follows: Kdg.: $3,300 and grades 1-12: $5,900. (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.