Mission Statement

The American School is a student-centered, college preparatory institution that fosters globally-responsible citizens and leaders by offering a rigorous, international education which promotes core values in a safe, innovative, and collaborative environment.

Our Vision is to be the leading, innovative, educational institution that prepares responsible global citizens, leaders and life-long learners.

School and Community

The American School of Tegucigalpa is celebrating 70 years of excellence serving students from 15 nations. English is the language of primary instruction. Students complete a Honduran Baccalaureate, the High School Diploma and have the option of completing the International Baccalaureate Diploma and Certificates. Spanish as a second language is offered to international students. AST’s facilities consist of 90 classrooms, including 4 Science and 4 Computer Laboratories with 30 terminals each, 348 chromebooks, 60 iPads and wireless internet access throughout campus. A separate computer technology center is available for teachers. Jefferson Valle Media Center provides facilities that serve Pre-School and Elementary as well as Middle and High School students. The center has 40 computers, 17 chromebooks, 15 laptops, and 6 Kindles. Students can access 24/7 Destiny- school's online catalog and safe search tool. To support research the school subscribes to ABC-Clio, and Noodle Tools. EBSCO host is also available to students as a subscription online database. The Center's literary collection includes more than 85,000 printed volumes, 722 eBooks, and a curriculum-tied AV subscribes to 37 printed magazines, some of them with online access.

Calendar

The school year of 182 days is divided into 2 semesters. The first semester begins in August and the second semester in January. Grades are issued quarterly. The school day begins at 7:30 am and ends at 2:30 pm.

Enrollment

Total enrollment at AST for the 2015-2016 school year is 1129 students. Approximately 4% of the students are US citizens, 94% are Honduran and 2% of other nationalities.

Accreditation

AST is accredited by Advanced ED and the International Baccalaureate Program.  The Honduran Ministry of Education grants the national degree of Bachillerato to students who comply with additional credits and 160 hours of community service.

Grade Point Average

A GPA is calculated on a 4.0 scale based on the number of times per week each subject is offered. The GPA is weighted for students who are International Baccalaureate Diploma candidates and certificate seekers. All subjects are taken into consideration in order to calculate the GPA.

Extra-Curricular Activities

AST's Extra-Curricular Program was founded in 2010 as an additional service providing quality after school activities in a safe environment for our students. The program is currently managed by Justa Corea at the Development Office. During the 2015-2016 school year we are offering eleven different classes for grades Nursery through twelth, depending on interests and age levels. Some of the classes offered are Karate, Art, Dance, Chess, Gymnastics, Piano, Guitar, Violin, Drums, and BRICK4KIDZ.

Message from the Superintendent

Greetings, My name is Liliana Jenkins and it is my pleasure to welcome you to our school's webpage. In 2016 we will be celebrating our 70th year of educational excellence. As an international college preparatory school, The American School of Tegucigalpa sets the highest standards of academic performance. The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is the curriculum in grades eleventh and twelth. We promote positive self-esteem and encourage all members of the school community to realize their optimum potential as individuals, and be active contributors to the vitality of the school community. Because of the international composition of the student body, respect and celebration for human and cultural diversity is promoted. This rich environment enables students to take responsibility for their learning and behavior, make good decisions, and grow in wisdom and maturity. The school is accredited by the Honduran Ministry of Education, AdvancED, and the International Baccalaureate Organization.  Our school offers an educational program from Nursery to twelth grade.

 

A co-curricular program is an integral part of any learning environment. To complement and balance our scholastic curriculum we offer a variety of additional activities including: National Honor Society, the Student Council, the Yearbook Club, various leadership clubs, musical groups, drama productions, cheerleading, and various skill enhancing as well as community outreach clubs. Our school offers competitive and intermural sports such as soccer, basketball, volleyball and cross country. Participation at a  group or individual level offers an opportunity for further discovery and achievement.

The American School's motto "Excellence For All" represents the synergy of a college preparatory curriculum, a multi-lingual, multi-cultural student body, a talented, and dedicated multi-national faculty, and a supportive parent community. This combination creates a nurturing environment where ALL have the opportunity of achieving EXCELLENCE.

Thank you for visiting our web site and we invite you to come visit our campus. For any additional information feel free to contact my secretary , Gina Gómez via email at info@amschool.org, Fax: 011-504-2239-6162 or at  the Office- 2239-3333 (ext. 712)

Curriculum

The American School’s curriculum is standards-based. The standards and benchmarks have been developed by teachers in conjunction with the Curriculum Office and based on research from professional organizations in the United States. They focus on acquisition of concepts and development of skills at all grade levels from Nursery through Grade 12.

This school year we adopted the recently launched Common Core State Standards. These standards, developed by The National Governors Association Center and the Council of Chief  State School Officers (CCSSO), were designed to better prepare students for college and career success. They have been benchmarked to international standards to guarantee that students are competitive in the emerging global marketplace. In the United States, 46 states have already adopted these standards. The standards provide a clear set of shared goals and expectations for what knowledge and skills will help our students succeed.

Our curriculum framework is designed to deepen student understanding and transfer of the learning goals. This framework works within the standards-driven curriculum to help teachers clarify learning goals, devise revealing assessments of student understanding, and craft effective and engaging learning activities.

Accreditation

The American School has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), a division of AdvancED, since 1964. We are committed to continuous improvement to advance our students in their educational journey. The American School is always working towards the same goal: improving student learning and performance.