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The American Nicaraguan School (ANS) is a private, non-profit, coeducational, multicultural institution, founded in 1944. ANS is composed of students from more than 30 different nationalities, providing a rigorous academic program through an American curriculum, with classes taught in English. The school community includes members of the diplomatic corps, foreign and local businesses, and international assistance groups working in Nicaragua.

Organization: The school is governed by a seven-member board of directors, with six members elected by the American Nicaraguan School’s parents, and one member appointed by the U.S. Embassy.

Curriculum: ANS is accredited by Cognia (formerly AdvancED), the world leader in certification and accreditation of educational institutions that seek excellence, and by the Nicaraguan Ministry of Education (MINED). ANS offers dynamic and innovative learning opportunities through a U.S. standards-based curriculum, designed to foster depth of understanding anchored in the school’s six core values. ANS operates as a Primary School division (Pathways – early learning for three & four year olds to grade 5) and a secondary school division (grades 6-12). ANS also offers inclusion services through personalized learning plans for students with exceptional needs. While English is the language of instruction through all grade levels at ANS, students take Spanish class starting in kindergarten. In secondary, they are given the option of French or Chinese as an additional language. Secondary students can opt to complete the Nicaraguan national diploma program in addition to the U.S. diploma. Rigorous and engaging coursework includes a senior year Capstone Project and an offering of 19 Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Courses are designed and delivered in alignment to standards across school divisions. The American Education Reaches Out (AERO) framework includes English language arts and mathematics standards aligned to Common Core State Standards; social studies through the four dimensions of the C3 Framework (college, career, and civic life); scientific practices through the NGSS standards; National Core Arts standards for visual and performing arts courses. Standards-based assessment practices reflect a school-wide commitment to the growth mindset, encouraging transfer of learning as meaningful contributions to society.

Faculty: In the 2023-2024 school year, ANS has 197 total staff including 137 teachers, 19 of whom are U.S. citizens, 103 host-country nationals, and 15 third-country nationals from seven different countries including Canadian, Honduran, Filipino, Mexican, Cuban, Italian, Taiwanese, English. Most teachers are licensed to teach in the United States, Nicaragua, or their native countries.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2023-2024 school year, enrollment was 855 (PreK-grade, 429; grades 6-8 192; and grades 9-12 234). Of the total, 170 are U.S. citizens, 581 are host-country nationals, and 104 are third-country nationals.

Facilities: Located on a 26-acre campus in Managua, Nicaragua, ANS has undergone major facilities renovations over the last several years in Primary and Secondary, with the new High School building inaugurated in 2011 and a new Science and Innovation Center being built and expected to be finished by the end of the school year. Facilities also include two soccer fields, a track, a regulation size swimming pool, and a multipurpose covered athletic area. Technology and media resources include a 76,795 -volume lending library, the largest of its kind in Nicaragua, and high-speed wireless Internet access across campus.

Finances: For the 2023-2024 school year, about 90% of the school’s income is derived from tuition, registration, extracurricular activities, and a technology fee. Annual tuition rates, including annual registration, extracurricular activities, technology fee, PTO, and scholarship fund can be found here: www.ans.edu.ni/tuition-and-fees .

Special Needs: Review the Special Needs Profile for this school to learn more about their capability to support students with exceptionalities.

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