Haiti, Port-au-Prince: Union School

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Date: 01/11/2012 Location: Haiti Port-au-Prince Description: Union School - State Dept Image
Date: 01/11/2012 Location: Haiti Port-au-Prince Description: Union School - State Dept Image




Web: www.unionschool.edu.ht
Email: reception@unionschool.edu.net


Union School founded in 1919, is a private, coeducational day school offering an American style college preparatory education, to students of all nationalities in prekindergarten through grade 12. The School comprises 2 semesters extending from late August to mid-January and from mid-January to mid-June.

Organization: The School is governed by a 7-member Board of Trustees. Elected members serve a 3-year term. Terms are staggered so that 2 members are elected each year. The Board is elected by the Union School General Assembly, the sponsors of the School. Membership in the assembly is automatically conferred on the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the School. The School is incorporated and tax-exempt in the United States, and it is legally constituted as a “Public Utility” under Haitian law.

Curriculum: The curriculum is that of U.S. college preparatory schools. Instruction is in English. Over 97% of the graduates go on to colleges and universities. The School also offers services for students with mild to moderate learning disabilities and an English-as-a-Second-Language program at all levels. The School also runs an increasingly extensive activities program ranging from recreational to academic activities during and after school. The School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in the United States.

Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there were 34 full-time faculty members and 4 part-time faculty members. The School is administered by a director. The secondary and the elementary principals, the learning center coordinator, the middle school coordinator, and the guidance counselor assist the director. The School employs a full-time financial/operations manager, a registered nurse, a librarian, a technology coordinator and a full-time music teacher.

Enrollment: As of September 15, for the academic year 2011-2012, enrollment was 264 (PK-grade 5: 79; grade 6-8: 71, grade 9-12: 114).

Facilities: The School is presently located on an attractive new campus which houses the program in 2 buildings. These buildings contain elementary and secondary classrooms, a library, a clinic, an art room, a science lab, a computer lab, a projection room, and various offices. There is a multi-purpose covered area which provides space for assemblies and school activities. The School has a snack bar which serves hot lunches. Physical education classes are held on the volleyball/basketball center court and on the soccer field. The facilities suffered damage from the January 12, 2010 earthquake. Many classrooms are equipped with ceiling mounted projectors and interactive whiteboards. Classroom laptop sets, e-Readers, and various learning software applications are also available to students and teachers. Each class has an online learning space located at http://courses.unionschool.edu.ht. The building structures have been inspected by engineers from the Overseas Building Operations office (OBO) of the U.S. Department of State. The school has been fully repaired and all renovations are completed. The school was re-examined by OBO, prior to attendance by USG dependents.

Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, 98% of the School's income derives from tuition. Annual tuition rates, including books, technology and activity fees, are as follows: PK2- grade 2: $6,150; grade 3-5: $7,300; grade 6-8: $8,500; grades 9-12: $10,000. New students are required to pay a one-time entrance fee of up to $2,000. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)

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