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The American School was founded in 1946. It is a private, coeducational day school offering an educational program from prekindergarten through grade 12. The school year comprises 2 semesters extending from August 16 to December 17 and from January 11 to June 2.
Organization: The School is governed by a 10-member Board of Directors, elected for 2-year terms by the Escuela Americana Association of parents. Membership in the Association is automatically conferred on the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the School. The School is not incorporated in the United States, but has a tax-exempt charter issued by the Salvadorian government and a tax status 501.C.3. through a foundation in the United States.
Curriculum: In grades PK-8, children follow a combination of U.S. and Salvadorian elementary curriculum; the majority of instruction is in English. Grades 6 through 8 comprise the middle school where the needs of young adolescents are met through U.S. and Salvadorian programs adapted for this age level. The curriculum in grades 9 through 12 is that of U.S. college-preparatory schools and additionally offers the Salvadorian Bachillerato program. Beginning instruction in Spanish is offered at all levels. The Trojan Learning Center established in 1998, provides special services for mild to moderate learning disabled and English-as-a-Second-Language. The School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Salvadorian Ministry of Education.
Faculty: There are 144 full-time and 2 part-time faculty members in the 1999-2000 school year, including 41 U.S. citizens, 100 Salvadorians and 5 of other nationalities.
Enrollment: Enrollment at the beginning of the 1999-2000 school year was 1,576, (PK-Kdg.: 215; grades 1-5: 619; grades 6-8: 341; and grades 9-12: 401). Of the total, 96 were U.S. citizens, 1,383 were host-country nationals, and 97 were children of 23 other nationalities.
Facilities: The School consists of early childhood, elementary, middle school, and high school sections which are laid out on a 44-acre plot. There are 128 classrooms, 5 computer centers, 2 cafeterias, 2 library/media centers, a dressing room/shower facility, a gymnasium/theater, 9 outdoor hard-surface courts for basketball and volleyball, a 400-meter synthetic surface track, and 2 large athletic fields. New 3rd and 4th grade classrooms were completed in January 1999 and a low ropes course added. There are over 300 computers for student use.
Finances: In the 1999-2000 school year, about 97% of the School's income derives from regular day school tuition and fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $5,785; K-5: $6,715; grades: 6-8: $6,746; and grades 9-12: $6,778. There is a one-time enrollment fee of $4,050. All tuition and fees are payable in Salvadorian colones or U.S. dollars. (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 of A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the minute information regarding curriculum, special programs and the like.