ACADEMIC ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Lisa Langley, M.S., General Director

Nancy Coates, M.Ed., Elementary Principal

José Antonio Salgado, M.A., Middle and High School Principal

Adam Kilner, B.A., Middle and High School Assistant Principal

Amanda González, M.F.A., Director of Admissions and Communications

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

0+
Total Students
56
Early Childhood
158
Elementary
123
Middle and High School

Class of 2016 – 27 Students

Student Population

  • Mexican
  • United States
  • Other

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. All teachers hold a minimum of a four-year university degree and a teaching certification in their subject area issued by an educational agency. Approximately 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.

DUAL CREDIT COURSES

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. Starting in 2016-2017, Dual Credit courses offered include Introduction to Psychology, Spanish Literature and Culture, Media Arts and Computer Science, English Literature and Physics.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP)

Advanced Placement courses (approved by the College Board) to be offered in 2016–2017 include Economics (Macro and Micro), 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.

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 level 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
College of Charleston
Cornell University*
Drake University*
Eckerd College*
Endicott College*
Eugene Lang
Florida Southwestern State College
Fontbonne University*
Hampshire College
Hamilton College
Hofstra University
Hult International School of
Business San Francisco*
Lewis and Clark College
Loyola University*
Mercer University
Mount Holyoke College
New School of Art & Design
Nova Southeastern University
Occidental College
Parsons the New School for
Design
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*
Suffolk University
University of Arizona
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 San Diego*
University of Southern California
University of Texas at Arlington*
University of Texas at San Antonio*
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
Whitman College

*Currently attending

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 Toronto*
University of Western Ontario
University of Victoria*

MEXICO
ITAM*
ITESM (TEC de Monterrey,
multiple campuses)*
ITESO*
Universidad Anáhuac*
U. Autónoma de Guadalajara
Universidad de Guadalajara*
Universidad Iberoamericana*
Universidad de las Américas Puebla
Universidad La Salle
Universidad Panamericana*
Instituto Politécnico Nacional*

EUROPE
Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne*
ESSEC Paris*
Hult International School of
Business*
Institut Supérieur de Gestion,
Paris
Jacobs University Bremen
Les Roches School of Hotel
Management*
University of Westminster*

Great Britain
Hult International Business School, London

ISRAEL
Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center*

ASIA
Qingdao University

Our Scores

Average PAA (College Board SAT in Spanish):

Verbal 690 Math 740

Average TOEFL:

Graduates consistently score above university entrance requirements

Average SAT:

Year

2015-2016

2012-2013

2010-2011

Verbal

581

533

549

Math

558

529

588

Writing

 

551

520

School Facilities

The school plant consists of seven buildings housing 28 classrooms, including two libraries, two science and two computer laboratories, a multi-purpose room, a new arts center, administrative offices 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 a preschool 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, golf, swimming, tae-kwon-do, dance, yoga and guitar, drum and voice lessons. School teams compete within the ASOMEX (American Schools of Mexico) and against local leagues.