The Uruguayan American School of Montevideo, founded in 1958, is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational day school enrolling approximately 270 students of all nationalities from nursery through grade 12. UAS is accredited by AdvancED/Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is officially recognized by the Uruguayan Ministry of Education. The school year comprises 2 semesters extending from August to December and from February to June.
Organization: The school is an incorporated, non-profit, tax-exempt organization, governed by a 9-member Board of Directors elected for 3-year terms by the “Society of the Uruguayan American School”.
Curriculum: UAS offers an American program modeled on that of quality of U.S. public or private school, combined with fully-accredited Uruguayan programs that give our students the flexibility of choosing from a wider selection of local and international universities. Instruction is given in English. Grades 1-5 receive instruction in language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, art, computer, physical education, drama and music as preparation for the college preparatory program at the secondary level. The secondary program is divided into a Middle School program (grades 6-8) and High school program (grades 9-12). These programs are geared toward the development of the knowledge and skills necessary for entrance into U.S. universities. Most graduates attend college in the U.S., but some have also entered universities in Europe and South America. Currently, the High School uses Advanced Placement courses to benchmark its curriculum. UAS has been approved to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program in August 2013.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 50 full-time teachers.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 269 (N-grade 5: 138; grades 6-12: 131).
Facilities: The School is situated on 3 hectares and occupies 6,400 square meters of building space for the nursery through secondary school programs. Primary and secondary wings are separate from each other. Special facilities include a full service cafeteria, 2 science laboratories, a computer lab, music room, drama room, library, auditorium, and a large gymnasium which includes a fully equipped weight room and 2 locker rooms. The outside facilities include a regulation soccer field, hard court and 3 playground areas.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, tuition rates are as follows (Tuition is charged in Uruguayan Pesos): N.: $U104,000; PK: $U156,000; kdg.: $U167,000; grades 1-3: $U248,000; grades 4-5: $U293,600; grades 6-8: $U331,200; grades 9-12: $U363,000. A one-time registration fee of $6,000 is levied on all students from Nursery through grade 12. (Registration fee is charged in U.S. dollars.)