American School Foundation of Monterrey, A.C. (ASFM) is a private, nonprofit, coeducational school which offers an educational program from nursery through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1928 by 2 mining companies for the purpose of offering a U.S.-type education to U.S. dependents. The school year comprises 2 semesters extending from late August to late December and from January to mid-June.
Organization: The School is governed by founder members who meet regularly twice a year. They elect a Board of Directors which serves as the School's Board of Education. This board is made up of 9 regular members and 9 alternate members. The regular members serve 3-year terms, the alternate members serve 1-year terms. The School is incorporated and has tax-exempt status in Mexico and in the United States.
Curriculum: All instruction is in English, except for Spanish language classes. The curriculum is similar to that found in U.S. public schools in grades kindergarten through grade 9. However, 2 courses of study are offered in grades 10-12. One leads to the Mexican Bachillerato and the other to the U.S. diploma. The School is accredited by AdvancED and by the state educational authorities in Mexico. Graduates of the school attend universities and colleges in the United States and Mexico.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 232 full-time and 3 part-time faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 2,288 (N-kdg.: 462; grades 1-5: 784; grades 6-8: 454; and grades 9-12: 588).
Facilities: ASFM operates on two separate but adjacent campuses on a beautiful fifty acre site. The Elementary Campus which opened at the start of the 2010-2011 school year serves students in Nursery through Grade Five. The Middle School/High School Campus which opened in 1996 serves students in Grades 6-12. These two state-of-the-art facilities are among the most spectacular educational facilities in the international school community.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, about 97% of the School's income derives from tuition. Annual tuition rates are approximately: N-PK: $9,647; kdg.- grade 5: $10,431; grades 6-9: $12,157; and grades 10-12: $13,882. There is a one-time entrance contribution fee of $7,000 for new students. Fees are payable in U.S. dollars or Mexican pesos. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)