Panama, Panama City: Balboa Academy

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Balboa Academy is a private, coeducational day school, which offers an American education program from prekindergarten through 12th grade for students of all nationalities. The school was founded in 1999. The 2011-2012 is comprised of semesters extending from August 4, 2011 to June 13,2012. School vacations are four weeks at midyear, December 19, 2011 to January 13, 2012; one week at carnival, February 20-24, 2012; and one week Spring Recess, April 2-6, 2012.

Organization: The school is governed by a Board of Directors composed of the nine founding educators and a Parent-Teacher Board.

Curriculum: The curriculum is that of a college-preparatory school in the United States. The school is accredited by the Advanced ED, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools - Council on Accreditation and School Improvement, (SACS-CASI). All graduates receive a U.S. diploma. Graduates who qualify can also receive a diploma from the Ministry of Education of Panama. All instruction is in English. There is no religious instruction. Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered in all high school subject areas.

Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 70 full-time and 1 part-time teachers, 7 education specialists, 3 education technicians, 2 counselors, 1 media specialist, 1 school psychologist and 5administrators. 49 faculty members have master’s degrees and two have PhDs.  The student-teacher ratio is approximately 11:1.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year enrollment was 834, (PK – 71; Grades K-4 - 270; Grades 5-8 – 246; and Grades 9-12 -247).

Facilities: The school leases a 36 air-conditioned classroom complex, which includes 3 libraries, 4 state-of-the-art computer laboratories, 4 science laboratories and a physical education complex. The school also has use of baseball and soccer fields, tennis courts, auditorium, gymnasium, Olympic swimming pool and other physical activity areas of the City of Knowledge adjacent the Balboa Academy campus.

Finances: Annual tuition rates for 2011-2012 are: Pre-K: $5,408; kdg.: $7,132; grades 1-5: $8,516; and grades 6-12: $9,416. Additional fees are: a registration fee of $425 for PK and $850 for grades K-12; a one-time admission fee of $9,000; an infrastructure fee (per family) of $450; and a PTSO fee (per family) of $20. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)

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