English schools in Latin America
The Escuela Americana in San Salvador, El Salvador was founded in 1946 and is an independent, international, coeducational, college-preparatory institution for grade Pre-Kinder (4 year olds) through 12th Grade.
Escuela Americana, which strives for a balance between academic and personal excellence, offers a strong curriculum, a variety of athletic offerings and extracurricular activities. This balance is maintained within a framework which recognizes both the school’s bilingual, bicultural nature immersed in the Salvadoran community and a commitment to the school’s core values of personal integrity, leadership, scholarship, tolerance and service.
The school year is divided into two semesters, with exams given in December and in May for the Middle and Upper School. There are four grading periods, with report cards sent home on a quarterly basis.
The school is located in the western suburbs, specifically Colonia Maquilishuat, of San Salvador, the capital city of El Salvador. The school’s lush 35-acre campus consists of three divisions: the Lower School (grades K - 5); the Middle School (grades 6-8); and the Upper School (grades 9-12). The school has 120 classrooms; 4 computer centers; 2 libraries; 8 labs; 2 cafeterias; a double court gymnasium/multi-purpose building; 9 outdoor hard surface courts for basketball, volleyball and handball; a 400 meter synthetic surface track; and 2 large athletic fields.
The academic programs are primarily based on U.S. curriculum. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) accredits the school; the school also meets accreditation requirements of the Salvadoran Ministry of Education. Escuela Americana is also a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).
The curriculum in grades Kinder through 8th follows a combination of U.S. and Salvadoran programs with the majority of instruction in English. The curriculum in grades 9 – 12 is that of U.S. college-preparatory schools, as well as the Salvadoran Bachillerato program. All graduates earn an U.S. diploma and 95% earn the Salvadoran diploma also.
Students: 2005-2006 academic year, enrolls 1,720 students.