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
Class of 2016 – 27 Students
- United States
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.
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.
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:
Bard College at Simon’s Rock
Berklee School of Music
Boise State University
Brigham Young University
College of Charleston
Florida Southwestern State College
Hult International School of
Business San Francisco*
Lewis and Clark College
Mount Holyoke College
New School of Art & Design
Nova Southeastern University
Parsons the New School for
Portland State University*
Rochester Institute of
San Francisco State
San Diego State University
Santa Clara University
Sarah Lawrence College
Savannah College of Art and
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*
Mount Allison University
Simon Frasier University*
University of Alberta
University of British Columbia*
University of Toronto*
University of Western Ontario
University of Victoria*
ITESM (TEC de Monterrey,
U. Autónoma de Guadalajara
Universidad de Guadalajara*
Universidad de las Américas Puebla
Universidad La Salle
Instituto Politécnico Nacional*
Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne*
Hult International School of
Institut Supérieur de Gestion,
Jacobs University Bremen
Les Roches School of Hotel
University of Westminster*
Hult International Business School, London
Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center*
Average PAA (College Board SAT in Spanish):
Verbal 690 Math 740
Graduates consistently score above university entrance requirements
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.