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Admissions FAQ

Q. IS ASPV ACCREDITED?

The American School of Puerto Vallarta provides a quality “American-style” education to children living in the Puerto Vallarta vicinity. The School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS-CASI), the Mexican Ministry of Education (SEP), and the National University of Mexico (UNAM).
 
Furthermore, ASPV is a member of ASOMEX, the Association of American Schools in Mexico, and is one of only four schools in Mexico officially sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Overseas Schools.

Q. WHAT NATIONALITIES MAKE UP THE STUDENT BODY?

Depending on the school year, we run anywhere from 50-65% Mexican, about 20-30% American and the rest of other nationalities.

Q. MY CHILDREN DO NOT SPEAK ENGLISH. ARE THEY ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

Yes, we accept students who do not speak English in the Pre-school Grades. However, as the child gets older, it becomes more difficult to accept students without the required levels of English. By Middle School, an adequate level English is one of the most important admissions requirements.

Q. WHAT ARE YOUR TUITION FEES?

Our enrollment and tuition fees are revised each year. Please contact us for the latest school fees.

Q. WHAT ARE THE SCHOOL HOURS?

Pre-school and Elementary: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Middle and High School: 8 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.

Q. WHAT IS YOUR SCHOOL YEAR?

Our school year runs from the last week in August to the last week of June. We have 2 weeks off for Christmas break and 2 weeks off for Spring break.

Q. DO YOU HAVE AFTER SCHOOL CARE?

No, there is no after school care available.

Q. ARE THE STUDENTS REQUIRED TO WEAR UNIFORMS?

Yes, all students wear a uniform. The daily uniform consists of khaki-colored pants, shorts or skirts and polo-type shirts with the school emblem. Shirts are available in white, blue and red. There is also a P.E. uniform the students wear on the days they have physical education.

Q. CAN THE STUDENTS PURCHASE LUNCH OR DO THEY HAVE TO BRING ONE?

Some families pack a lunch and others buy lunch at the school cafeteria.

Q. WHERE DO MOST OF YOUR STUDENTS LIVE?

Many families live in the Nuevo Vallarta area or in the Marina area.

Q. DO YOU HAVE TRANSPORTATION SERVICE?

We do not offer bus service.

Q. IS IT POSSIBLE TO TALK TO A PARENT FROM MY HOME COUNTRY, TO HELP ME BETTER UNDERSTAND ASPV AND LIFE IN PUERTO VALLARTA?

Absolutely, just contact Karela Hernández, our Admissions Director and she’ll connect you with someone.

Q. HOW EARLY SHOULD I APPLY?

Re-enrollment begins in February of every year and that is when we begin looking at space availability per grade level. However, we are a very small school so the sooner you get your child on our list, the better his/her chances will be.

Q. HOW EASY IS IT TO INTEGRATE INTO THE STUDENT BODY?

Integration is not difficult at our school, since our students are accustomed to welcoming children from overseas. It takes most families about a year to feel fully integrated, but much depends on the child’s personality.

Q. IS ASPV AN AP (ADVANCED PLACEMENT) OR IB (INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE) SCHOOL?

We follow the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP). We are now offering 7 AP classes: English Literature & Composition, Psychology, Comparative Government, Spanish Literature, Statistics, Studio Art 2-D, and Economics.

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