Colegio Maya, founded in 1958, is a private nonprofit, nonsectarian, coeducational day school, which offers an educational program from nursery through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The school year comprises 2 semesters extending from the third week of August to the third week of December and from the third week of January to the first week of June.
Organization: The School is governed by a 9-member Board of Directors elected for 2-year terms by the Colegio Maya Association. Membership in the association is automatically conferred on the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the School.
Curriculum: The School offers a complete U.S. curriculum. Spanish is required for one class period daily for all students. Placement in Spanish classes is determined by the student's level upon enrollment. Beginning French is offered at the secondary level as an elective. All other instruction is in English. In addition, graduation requirements include language arts, science, math, social studies, physical education, and several electives. Presently special services offered are for mild learning disabilities and English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL). Parents with special needs children should contact the School for a description of the services available. The student activities program is considered to be an integral part of the curriculum and is treated as such by the administration and staff. The school is recognized and authorized by the Guatemalan Ministry of Education and is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 44 full-time faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 303 (PK-grade 5: 144; grades 6-8: 74; grades 9-12: 87).
Facilities: The school is located on the outskirts of Guatemala City. The facility includes several buildings which serve the early childhood, elementary, middle and high school students. In addition, the gymnasium complex includes a large multi-purpose room, 4 middle school classrooms and a cafeteria. Within the school facilities there are science laboratories, a technology resource center, a high school media center, an elementary computer laboratory, a soccer/football field, and a covered outdoor court. The completely renovated and enlarged elementary and secondary library complex houses more than 21,000 volumes and students and faculty have access to more than 2,000 periodicals on line. The most recent building project, finished in 2006, provides the school with a state-of-the-art Performing Fine Arts Center, which includes classrooms for art, drama and music and a 336 seat theater complete with dressing rooms and ample set and costume storage space.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, school’s income derives from tuition. The tuition rates (bus not included) are as follows: PK: $7,680; kdg.-grade 5: $11,408; grades 6-8: $11,928; and grades 9-12: $12,080; bus service Q12,440.00 (payment in quetzals). In addition, a one-time non-refundable $7,000 incorporation fee is collected when a new student is approved for admission. Other fees include a senior fee of $200 and an ESL fee per semester (only ESL students) of $400, Learning Resource Center fee per semester (only LRC students) of $400 and an after school activity fee, per activity, of $65. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)