The American School of Tegucigalpa is a private, coeducational day school that offers an educational program from nursery through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1946. The school year extends from approximately August 10 to May 31. Retaining colonial charm while offering the convenience of modern city, Tegucigalpa maintains a cost of living that is one of the best in Latin America. Because the city is at 3,000 feet above sea level, the climate is ideal – never too hot, never too cold.
Organization: The Sociedad Educacional Interamericana de Tegucigalpa, which elects a 9-member Board of Directors, governs the School. Membership in the Sociedad is automatically conferred on the parents or guardians of the children enrolled in the School. The School is incorporated and has tax-exempt status in Honduras, but neither applies in the United States.
Curriculum: This is a college-preparatory school, accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and School, the Honduran Ministry of Education, and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization for the diploma program. Most non-Honduran students receive a standard high school diploma upon completion of a 4 - year program. Instruction is in English, except for some courses taught in grades 7-12 for Honduran students. Students are expected to become bilingual; therefore all receive instruction in Spanish and English at all levels. There is no religious instruction. High school students take 4 years each of science, math, social studies, English and Spanish as well as electives in other areas. A full program of interscholastic sports is offered, although the facilities and length of the seasons do not compare to the typical American programs.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 92 full-time faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 1,149 (N-kdg.: 233; grades 1-6: 466; and grades 7-12: 463).
Facilities: The School has 65 classrooms, including science and computer laboratories in the elementary, middle, and secondary buildings, rooms for music, and a separate preschool building. The elementary administrative building was finished in 2007. In addition, there is a media center, counselor offices and a gymnasium. Also available are covered basketball courts and a soccer field. Our last addition is a two story dining hall.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, approximately 95% of the School’s income derives from tuition and fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: N-PK: $2,958; kdg.: $5,706; grades 1-5: $6,102; grades 6-10: $7,434; grades 11-12: $7,578. A one-time entrance fee of $4,000 is charged. Bus fees are additional to the tuition. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)