is an English
-speaking international school
. It is a private, co-educational playground which offers an American college preparatory educational program from Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade for student of all nationalities. The Academy's goal is to provide a quality educational program for students with high potential who come from diverse cultural backgrounds, interests, and talents. It is a profit foundation.
The curriculum is a college-preparatory program similar to that of a private school in the United States. Advanced placement courses are offered in all major subject areas. The Balboa Academy is fully accredited in the United States by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
. Graduates qualify for a U.S. diploma and may also receive a diploma from the Panama Ministry of Education. There is no religious instruction.
In the 2004-2005 school year, there are 53 full-time teachers, 2 counselors, 3 educational prescriptionists and 3 administrators. A majority of the teachers have U.S. teaching credentials. Thirty-five faculty members have master’s degrees. The student teacher ratio is approximately 10:1.
At the beginning of the 2004-2005 school year, enrollment was 550 (PK-Kdg.: 79; grades 1-6: 223; grades 7-9: 110; and grades 10-12: 138). Of the total, 250 were U.S. citizens, 196 host-country nationals and 104 third-country nationals.
The school leases 4 air-conditioned classroom buildings and a gym, which include: 70 classrooms, 3 libraries, 6 computer laboratories, 2 art and 2 music classrooms, 4 science laboratories, and 2 multi-purpose rooms (lunch room/auditorium). The school has use of baseball and soccer fields, tennis courts, gymnasium, Olympic-size swimming pool and other physical fitness and activity areas in the City of Knowledge
The annual tuition fees for the school year are as follow: PK: $3,160; Kdg.: $4,380; grades 1-5: $5,240; and grades 6-12: $5,800. Additional fees are: a registration fee of $625; a one-time admission fee of $7,000. (All fess are quoted in U.S. dollars.)
This article was adapted from a public domain report by the US Office of Overseas Schools, available here