The American Nicaraguan School is a private, nonsectarian coeducational school, founded in 1944, which offers an educational program from Nursery (3 years) through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The school year is comprised of 2 semesters extending from August to December and from January to June.
Organization: The School is governed by a 7-member Board of Directors, with 6 members elected by the American Nicaraguan School parents, and one member appointed. Membership in the Association is automatically conferred on the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the School. The School is incorporated and has tax-exempt status in Nicaragua. The American Nicaraguan School Foundation is incorporated in the U.S. and operates exclusively for charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of Secion 501 (C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Curriculum: The curriculum is comparable to that offered in college-preparatory schools in the United States and also includes the Nicaraguan Bachillerato program. English is the language of instruction at all levels. Spanish is the required subject of study throughout the system and English-Spanish bilingualism is a major curricular objective. Most graduates enter colleges and universities in the United States. The School offers a wide variety of sports in its extracurricular athletics program. Approximately 40% of the student population participates in this program. The School also offers a 16-step English Language Institute program in English-as-a-Foreign-Language on Saturday mornings and evenings. The School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement, a division of AdvancED, and the Nicaraguan Ministry of Education. Its standards based curriculum includes 18 Advanced Placement offerings.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 106 full-time faculty members and administrators. Most are licensed to teach in the United States, Nicaragua or their native country.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 946 (Elementary School: 466; Middle School: 221; and High School: 259).
Facilities: Located on a 26 acre campus in Managua, Nicaragua, ANS is preparing its students for today’s world, as well as the one they will encounter in the future. A new high school building was constructed using many new features that will enable technology integration and skills for the 21st century. The school offers internet-ready classrooms in addition to wireless access; a library/media center; a technology center; video conferencing facilities; science laboratories; a fine arts, drama and music department; and extensive athletic facilities including a multi-purpose covered athletic area with a capacity for 3,000 people. There are also 8 apartments for recruited teachers on campus.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, about 90% of the School's income derives from tuition, registration and a technology fee. Annual tuition rates, including annual registration and technology fee, are as follows: K3: $2,250; K4: $3,450; K5: $5,070; grades 1-5: $6,090; grades 6-8: $6,870; and grades 9-12: $7,230. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)