Panama, Panama City: The International School of Panama

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Date: 01/11/2012 Location: Panama Panama City Description: The International School of Panama - State Dept Image



The International School of Panama (ISP) is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational day school, which offers a college preparatory program from PK-12. ISP is the only school in Panama to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma program. Since its inception in 1982, ISP has established a strong academic reputation. The school year is split into 2 semesters – August to mid-December and January to mid-June.

Organization: ISP has 3 separate divisions: the elementary, middle and high schools. A 9-member Board of Directors governs the School for 3 year terms. 5 are elected from members of the Association and 4 are appointed by the Board. Association membership is automatically conferred on the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the School. The Board delegates operational authority to a director. The School is a nonprofit organization.

Curriculum: The curriculum is designed to offer a diverse and modern educational program to both the expatriate and host-country communities resident in Panama. With the exception of Spanish language classes and specific requirements for those students who wish to pursue a Panamanian program diploma, instruction is in English. The elementary curriculum stresses skill development and is based on U.S. accredited standards. The middle school program is designed to refine these skills in the context of increasingly sophisticated content, while catering to the developmental needs of pre-adolescents. The high school offers a highly academic college preparatory program leading to an International Baccalaureate diploma, ISP high school diploma and/or Panamanian diploma. The school provides services for students leaning English-as-a-Second-Language and limited services are available for students with special learning needs. ISP is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Panama Ministry of Education, and is an authorized IB school.

Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 131 teachers, 4 Principals, 2 Assistant Principals, 1 literacy coach, 27 teacher assistants, and 1 athletic/activities director. Many of the teachers are fluent in both English and Spanish. More than 10 nationalities are represented by the faculty and many teachers have advanced degrees and IB training.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 1,081 (560 in elementary school, 254 in middle school, and 267 in high school).

Facilities: The School is located on 8 hectares of beautiful tropical land in a suburb of Panama City. It has 68 air-conditioned classrooms, an elementary library and middle/high school media center, 3 computer labs, 3 art rooms, 3 music rooms and 5 science laboratories. The School also has 2 large air-conditioned gymnasium/multi-purpose facilities, 3 outdoor covered basketball courts, 3 soccer fields, a running track, 1 elementary school cafeteria and 1 swimming pool.

Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, the School’s income derives from tuition and fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK3: $5,350; PK4: $6,020; kdg.-5: $8,570; grades: 6-8: $9,430; grades: 9-12: $10,660. Fees include textbooks. There is a one time capital donation of $10,000 and an additional fee for the high school IB program. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)

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