Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo: Carol Morgan School

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Date: 12/29/2009 Location: Santo Domingo Dominican Republic Description: Carol Morgan School Students © State Dept Image







Carol Morgan School (CMS) is a private, coeducational school which offers an educational program from pre kindergarten through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The school year comprises 2 semesters which begin in mid-August and finish in early June. The academic year consists of 182 teaching days.

Organization: The School is governed by a 12-member Board of Directors, 8 of whom are elected for 2-year terms by the Association of Carol Morgan School parents. There is one ex-officio and 3 additional nonvoting members appointed by the board including representation of the PTO and Alumni Association. Membership in the association is automatically conferred on parents or guardians of children enrolled in the School. The School is tax-exempt in the Dominican Republic.

Curriculum: The curriculum is that of a U.S. college-preparatory private school. Instruction is in English. There is no religious instruction. Over 98% of the graduates go on to colleges and universities in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Dominican Republic. The School offers limited services for students with mild learning disabilities, an English-as-a-Foreign-Language program at the elementary and middle school levels, and enrichment for academically talented students including the Advanced Placement program. The School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 129 full-time faculty members. A total of 96 possess master’s degrees.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 1,097 (PK-grade 5: 537; grades 6-8: 244; and grades 9-12: 316).

Facilities: CMS facilities are located on a 15-acre campus in a residential area on the west side of Santo Domingo. For the 2011-2012 school year, the elementary school has 34 classrooms, a library, 2 computer labs, 1 music classroom for K-1st, 1 music classroom for the 2nd-5th, 2 art classrooms, 1 counselor’s office, a classroom for the Optimal Learning Program and administrative offices. The middle school complex has 15 classrooms, 3 science labs, 1 art classroom, a greenhouse with an outdoor weather station on the roof, 2 computer labs, a counselor’s office, an Optimal Learning Center, and administrative offices. The high school wing has 23 classrooms with 3 computer labs, 5 science labs, 1 art classroom, 1 ceramics classroom, guidance and administrative offices. There are 7 computer labs and over 400 computers on campus. All classrooms and offices are air-conditioned. We have a Library/Technology Center that is shared by high school and middle school students. Fine arts facilities include a new art pavilion with 5 classrooms for elementary, middle, and high school art. There are also separate band and choir rooms and a “Black Box Theater” for drama and small theatrical performances. Sports facilities include an indoor gymnasium with locker rooms, a stage for school-wide assemblies and events, and offices for PE staff, 2 covered outdoor courts, a weight-training room, 2 soccer fields and 2 baseball/softball fields. The school has a cafeteria and kitchen facilities capable of serving 350 people at a time. There is also a small outdoor amphitheater and a Dominican Bohio (Gazebo) for gatherings and small events. Additionally, the school has separate administrative offices; maintenance and plant operation offices, a warehouse and new garbage disposal facilities with recycle rooms. The school has parking capacity for over 200 vehicles including covered parking for 75 vehicles.

Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, approximately 95% of the School's income derives from tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $5,551; kdg.: $7,035; grade 1: $8,933; grade 2: $9,119; grade 3: $9,177; grades 4-5: $9,981; grade 6: $10,495; grades 7-8: $10,989; grades 9-10: $12,032; grade 11: $12,051 and grade 12: $13,809. A one-time fee is charged as follows: PK: $4,400; kdg.- grade 5: $5,400; grades 6-8: $6,200; grades 9-12: $6,900. There is also a one-time fee per family of $3,740 for new families at CMS. All tuition and fees are payable in U.S. dollars or Dominican pesos. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)

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