The American School Foundation of Guadalajara, A.C. (ASFG) is a private school that offers an educational program from early childhood to high school. The school was originally founded in 1908 and reestablished as a not-for-profit organization in 1956. The mission of the school is to educate students in a bilingual, bicultural, and secular environment to be purposeful learners, critical and creative thinkers, effective communicators, and community contributors based on a foundation of honor, freedom, and commitment. The school year extends from mid-August to late June.
Organization: The school is governed by an 18-member Board of Directors appointed for terms of 1-3 years by the American School Board of Trustees, the sponsor of the school. The school is incorporated and has tax-exempt status in Mexico and the U.S. by means of the US-Mexico tax treaty.
Curriculum: The curriculum is that of U.S. general academic and college-preparatory schools and various official Mexican programs. Instruction is in English and Spanish. The school is accredited by AdvancED/Cognia, the Secretary of Education of Mexico, and the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Ninety-eight percent of graduates go on to colleges and universities in the United States, Mexico, and internationally. The ASFG offers limited support services for students with minor learning disabilities through 9th grade. Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) classes are offered at the high school level.
Faculty: In 2020-2021 school year, there are 163 full time faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment was 1,474 (N-grade 4: 743; grades 5-8: 376; grades 9-12: 355).
Facilities: The school owns its own property (approximately 6.7 acres). There are 94 classrooms, five science laboratories, six media centers, three art rooms, four music rooms, a computer lab, an administrative building, an auditorium, an infirmary, two cafeterias, a multipurpose gymnasium, three section playgrounds, three sports areas, and a heated swimming pool.
Finances: In the 2020-2021 school year annual tuition rates are as follows (Mexican pesos): N/PK/K: $118,360; grades 1-6: $148,480; grades 7-9: $172,970; and grades 10-12: $176,190. In addition, there is an annual inscription fee of $75,600 (depends on number of children in family) and an admission fee for all new students as follows: N/PK/K-grade 6: $94,000; and grades 7-12: $47,000 (payment depends on number of children enrolled per family). (All fees quoted in Mexican pesos.)
Information and statistics are current as of October 2020 and are provided by the school.