VILLAGE SCHOOL / CTE, the preschool, was founded in 1982. The elementary through high school facilities were opened in 1993. The Village School is a bilingual private, coeducational day school located in the suburbs, about fifteen miles from Guatemala City. Village facilities include a fully equipped gym, soccer, volleyball and baseball fields, basketball courts, a roller hockey court, and a running track; in addition, it has a three story classroom building, an administration building, cafeteria, media center, language laboratory and new pre-school facilities. Faculty to student ratio is 1-8.
STUDENTS ENROLLMENT is 686 (384 boys & 302 girls) in grades 1st -12th, 211 are in grades nine through twelve. Students represent 20 countries* (80% are Guatemalans and 20% from other countries such as: USA, Mexico, Honduras, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, El Salvador, Argentina, Belize, Spain, Nicaragua, Korea, Israel, Arabia). The majority of the students live in neighborhoods that are contiguous to the school and represent people from medium to high socioeconomic, educational, and cultural background. * 2011-12 statistics
ACADEMIC CALENDAR goes from August through May and the school year consists of 180 school days. These are organized in four quarters for Preschool, elementary and middle school, and two nineteen-week academic semesters in high school. The school day in elementary is divided into four 55-minute class periods, and two 25-minute study hall periods; and in middle and high school seven 60-minute class periods. In high school, each student takes 7 to 10 courses per semester, except seniors who are required by the Guatemalan Ministry of Education to take “Seminario” (Graduation Research and Community Service Project) in addition to their regular class load.
FACULTY AND ADMINISTRATION consists of 87 Teachers (34 male and 53 Female). Each and every one of them has a university degree in their field. The Village School has a unique mentoring program that encourages student and faculty interaction in academics and extracurricular activities. Faculty is culturally diverse; it includes United States (6), Haiti (1), Asia (1) national hosts (69), and 10 from other Latin American countries (México, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Colombia).
High school students’ curriculum follows a program that is coherent and congruent with the school’s goals, philosophy, vision and methodology. Furthermore, our program includes a wide variety of courses that prepare students for higher educational programs. The curriculum in high school is flexible: students, together with their academic advisor, may choose their courses according to their abilities and plans for higher education. To ensure that Village Students get basic skills and knowledge, our curriculum includes courses that are mandatory in all academic areas: science, math, language, idioma espanol, social studies, and P.E. Students can also choose to take elective courses and for example take advanced courses or basic ones In order for students to achieve their goals, our program encompasses methodology, pedagogy and motivation as key aspects to guarantee success in teaching and learning according to the students’ interests, learning styles, and multiple intelligences.
Students who fail a course do not have to be held back; they only need to re-take that course in remedial or summer time. High students who fail a course do not have to take make-up exams to pass their course; this is done in order to ensure that the program’s goals are reached. Another pedagogical aspect taken into account in high school is the fact that our program does take into account the students’ plans for college. Motivation is crucial for each student because they are expected to be active participants when choosing their subjects. When they actively take part in this process, they are eager and willing to take responsibility as well as credit for their success. In order to graduate, high school students must have the minimum amount of credits; these credits are earned with each course students pass. The amount of credits may vary from course to course. The students’ GPA is an average of all the courses and their final averages from 9t to 12th. When students graduate at the end of our program, they get two diplomas: one from the Guatemalan Ministry of Education, and a High School Diploma that allows students to attend any university abroad.