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ACADEMIC ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Lisa Langley, M.S.Ed., General Director
Nancy Coates, M.Ed., Elementary Principal
Adam Kilner, M.A.Ed., Middle High and High School Principal
Mark Bullock, Ph.D., College Guidance
Karela Hernández, M.Ed. Admissions Director
Amanda González, M.F.A., Communications Director and High School Librarian

 

DESCRIPTION

The American School of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, is a private, non-profit, nonsectarian, co-educational institution offering a bilingual, bicultural education for students from pre-school through high school.  Founded in 1986, the school is dedicated to an American style education, high academic standards, and the caring environment a small school can offer.

 

GRADES: K – 12TH

Early Childhood Section: Kinder 1, 2 & 3
Primary Section: Pre-first – 6th Grade
Middle & High School Section: 7th – 12th Grade

 

ENROLLMENT

 

 

353+

TOTAL STUDENTS

 

40

Early Childhood

163

Elementary

150

Middle and High School

 
CLASS OF 2019 – 24 STUDENTS
 

STUDENT POPULATION

 
student population
 

THE FACULTY

The faculty of the American School of Puerto Vallarta is a highly skilled and devoted group of teachers who come from various parts of the U.S., Mexico, Canada and elsewhere. More than 50 percent of the teachers hold a graduate degree.

 

ACCREDITATION

The American School of Puerto Vallarta is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS-CASI, now known as AdvancEd), the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS), Mexico’s Ministry of Education (SEP) and The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Our CEEB code is 870900.

 

UNIQUE DUAL ACADEMIC PROGRAM

Our elementary school students receive bilingual instruction in a dual immersion program that meets both Mexican and U.S. standards.  They also attend a special pre-first year to develop their dual language proficiency.  Our high school students are enrolled in a full dual program, receiving both a U.S. diploma and a Mexican bachillerato (high school) certificate.  In a given year, all of their classes are taught in English save for one Spanish language arts and one Mexican social studies class (Mexican History, Geography, Law or Civics). Thus, the majority of our graduates speak both English and Spanish fluently.  Students take the 24 Carnegie units required for a U.S. high school diploma taught in English as a minimum.

 

ADVANCED COURSES

Advanced Placement (AP) courses (approved by the College Board) offered include Biology, Computer Science, Economics (Macro and Micro), English Literature & Composition, Psychology, and 2-D Studio Art.  Students are accepted into an AP course based on MAP scores, GPA and teacher recommendations. All students enrolled in AP courses are required to take the AP exam. The American School of Puerto Vallarta is the first school in Mexico to offer Dual Credit university-level courses taught in high school by approved faculty.  Dual Credit courses offered include Anatomy & Physiology, Calculus, Chemistry and Spanish Literature & Culture.

 

CLASS SCHEDULING AND GRADING SYSTEM

Almost all junior high and high school classes are year-long, divided into two semesters.  Most classes are offered once each day for approximately 45 minutes, resulting in 7 classes per day.  A few classes not required for graduation last only one semester and/or may meet less frequently than five days per week.  Credits awarded vary with time spent in direct instruction, with daily instruction required for full credit (5 units per semester).  Students are graded on a scale ranging from 0 to 10.0, with a 6.0 required to pass the class.  Grade point averages are weighted in the calculation of averages to reflect hours of instruction (and thus credit earned) in each class.  

 

SPECIAL NEEDS

Although the school offers a formal special education program only in Primary grades, every effort is made to provide support and make accommodations so that students with special needs can be successful in the upper grades as well. Any special or remedial classes at the Junior High and High School levels are identified on the transcript.

 

COLLEGE PLACEMENT AND TESTING INFORMATION

Over ninety-five percent of graduating students continue on to universities in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe. Graduates in the past five years have been accepted to universities including the following:

 

UNITED STATES

Bard College at Simon’s Rock

Berklee School of Music

Bentley University

Boise State University

Boston University

Brigham Young University*

Brown University

California State University*

College of Charleston

Cornell University

Drake University

Eckerd College

Endicott College

Eugene Lang

Florida Atlantic University*

Florida Southwestern State College

Fontbonne University

Full Sail University*

George Washington University

Hampshire College

Hamilton College

Hofstra University

Hult International School of Business San Francisco

Indiana University*

Laboratory Institute of Merchandising*

Lewis and Clark College

Loyola University

Loyola Marymount University*

Mercer University

Mesa College*

Montana State University*

Mount Holyoke College

New School of Art & Design

Nova Southeastern University

Occidental College

Parsons the New School for Design

Pennsylvania State University*

Portland State University

Reed College

Rochester Institute of Technology

San Francisco State

San Diego State University*

Santa Clara University

Sarah Lawrence College

Savannah College of Art and Design

Seattle University*

Suffolk University

University of Arizona*

University of California Davis

University of California Riverside

University of California San Diego*

University of California Santa Cruz

University of Miami

University of New Mexico

University of Oklahoma

University of Oregon

University of Pennsylvania*

University of San Diego

University of San Francisco*

University of Southern California

University of Texas at Arlington

University of Texas at San Antonio

Wellesley College

Wesleyan University

Whitman College



CANADA

Camosun College

Carleton University

Concordia University*

Lakehead University

McGill University*

Mount Allison University

Ryerson University

Simon Frasier University

University of Alberta

University of British Columbia*

University of Laval

University of Toronto

University of Western Ontario

University of Victoria*

Vancouver Film School

 

MEXICO

Arkansas State - Queretero*

Centro*

CESSA*

ITAM*

ITESM (TEC de Monterrey, multiple campuses)*

ITESO*

Universidad Anáhuac*

Autónoma de Guadalajara

Universidad de Guadalajara*

Universidad Iberoamericana*

Universidad de las Américas Puebla*

Universidad La Salle

Universidad Panamericana*

Universidad Politécnica de Aguascalientes*

Instituto Politécnico Nacional*

 

EUROPE

Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne

ESSEC Paris

EU Business (Spain)*

Glion Institute of Higher Education*

Hult International School of Business*

IE University-Segovia

Institut Supérieur de Gestion, Paris

Jacobs University Bremen

Les Roches School of Hotel Management*

University of Westminster

 

ENGLAND

Hult International Business School, London

Regents’ University

Richmond, The American International University of London

 

ISRAEL

Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center

 

ASIA

Qingdao University



*Currently attending

OUR SCORES

 

AVERAGE PAA (COLLEGE BOARD SAT IN SPANISH):

Verbal 690 Math 740

AVERAGE TOEFL:

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AVERAGE SAT:

 

YEAR

VERBAL

MATH

WRITING

2018-2019

2016-2017
2015-2016
2012-2013

571

599
581
533

575

582
558
529

551
520
 

SCHOOL FACILITIES

The school plant consists of seven buildings housing 28 classrooms, including two libraries, three state-of-the-art science and two computer laboratories, an arts center, administrative offices, a wellbeing studio and a cafeteria. The grounds extend to more than seven acres and include: grass-covered sports fields and new Tartan track; two multi-purpose, covered, surfaced sports courts and an Early Childhood play area.

 

EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Education at the American School of Puerto Vallarta extends beyond the classroom to ensure that all students are presented with the opportunity to grow in a rich environment of experiences, particularly community service. Programs are diverse, including: Student Council, National Honor Society, service learning, musical theater, and chorus. After school, there are math labs and tutoring sessions, and an extensive extracurricular program which includes soccer, basketball, tennis, archery, yoga, and guitar, drum and voice lessons. School teams compete within the ASOMEX (American Schools of Mexico) and against local leagues.

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