Honduras, Tegucigalpa: Discovery School

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Date: 01/11/2012 Location: Honduras Tegucigalpa Description: Discovery School - State Dept Image





Web: www.discoveryschool.edu.hn
Email: dsdirector@discoveryschool.edu.hn


The Mission of Discovery School emphasizes the development of the following in all of our students: Self-esteem, Academic Excellence, Critical Thinking, Celebration of Cultural Diversity, and Social and Environmental Responsibility. The things that distinguish us from other schools in the city are: Small teacher/student ratio (average of 7 students per teacher and 12-18 students per class); Experiential, ‘hands on’ learning (getting students ‘in touch’ with what they are learning); International Student Body (With 26 nationalities represented, we are the only truly international school in town.); Development of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and Life Skills—We have a zero tolerance for bullying, and we teach our students how to collaborate, cooperate, disagree constructively, and respect differing opinions.); and a Highly qualified and trained teaching staff. The school year begins in mid-August and runs through mid-June. The vacation calendar allows for some U.S. holidays and all Honduran holidays.

Organization: The School is governed by an elected 6-member Board of Directors. An appointed representative and the Head of School are non-voting members of the Board.

Curriculum: Discovery School has a well-articulated curriculum that is aligned across grade levels and content areas. Instructional methods and assessment techniques encourage students to solve problems by thinking creatively and critically, and by working together. Our teachers are skilled at differentiating lessons and providing individual assistance as needed. We use Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) and Advanced Placement (AP) exams for external validation of our academic program. Elementary classrooms combine cooperative learning settings with open carpeted areas for circle time, reading activities, and discussion groups. Our rigorous academic program, including Pre-AP and AP courses, prepares our students for entrance into competitive universities in the U.S. and throughout the world. All classes are taught in English, with the exception of Spanish and Spanish Social Studies. Spanish is taught at all grades levels, including Nursery and Pre-K. Discovery School is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the College Board (Advanced Placement Program), and the Honduras Ministry of Education. We offer a U.S. diploma, and Advanced Placement International Diploma, and the Honduran Bachillerator. We currently offer six AP courses: AP Environmental Science, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Human Geography, AP Calculus, AP Spanish Literature, and AP Visual Arts: Drawing.

Enrollment: For 2011-2012, we have 226 students.

Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 33 full-time faculty members.

Facilities: Discovery School consists of a purpose-built facility located on a spacious 7-acre site adjacent to the Anillo Periferico (Ring Road). The School has a beautiful panoramic view of the nearby mountains and is removed from the hustle and bustle of the city. In addition to classrooms that were designed around the needs of each particular age group, the campus includes athletic fields and green areas, playgrounds, a commons area, and generous parking. The School also has an Administration building and specially-equipped rooms for Music, Art, Computers, and a Library with over 8,000 volumes.

Finances: Annual tuition for 2011-2012 are as follows: N/PK: $3,465; KG –Grade 2: $6,095; Grades 3-5: $6,155; Grades 6-8: $7,388; Grades 9-10: $8,067; Grades 11-12: $8,146. A one-time capital fee is charged for each student as follows: N/PK, $800; Kindergarten, $3,200 less whatever has been paid in Nursery and PK; Grades 1-7: $3,200; Grades 8-9, $3,000; Grade 10, $2,800; grades 11-12, $2,000. Bus service is available for $95 per month. English as a Second Language and Spanish as a Second Language classes are available, if needed, for $580 per semester. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars).

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