The InterAmerican Academy is a private, nonprofit, coeducational day school which offers a U.S. educational program from nursery through grade 12. The School was founded in April 1979 to serve the international community of Guayaquil. The school year comprises 2 semesters extending from early August to mid-December and from early January to late May or early June.
Organization: The School is governed by a 7-member Board of Directors elected from the Inter-American Cultural Association which is composed of parents or guardians of students attending the school.
Curriculum: The curriculum is that of a standard U.S. elementary and high school. Instruction is in English. Spanish is required of every student and is taught as a foreign language; however, fluency in the language is sought. Special English-as-a-Second-Language classes are offered to those students whose level of proficiency is low. Art, physical education, technology and music are offered as part of the curriculum. The School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 28 full-time faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 206.
Facilities: The School is located on a beautiful campus in the Puerto Azul sector. The 9 buildings house a cafeteria, 31 classrooms including science and computer laboratories, a library, locker rooms, and a fitness center. The contemporary facility has ample outdoor recreational space including 2 soccer fields, a covered multi-purpose area and playground, and a basketball/volleyball court.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, about 90% of the School's income derives from tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: 2-year-old half-day nursery: $2,710; 3-year-old full day nursery: $3,850; PK: $6,660; kdg.: $9,080; grades 1-5: $10,920; grades 6-8: $11,100; and grades 9-12: $12,730. Registration is included in the amounts listed for tuition. A one-time capitalization fee of $2,900 per student is charged. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)