The curriculum follows the United States international curriculum model and offer classes to fit the needs of the students. Advanced placement courses – World History, Biology, Chemistry, Calculus and Spanish Literature – are included, and the last period of each day is set-aside for high-school students to receive extra help from their teachers. Pan American International School prepares students of all nationalities and religions to succeed at universities throughout the world.
Our Kindergarten consists of three levels: Kinder 3, Kinder 4 and Kinder 5, and covers children from ages 3 to 5 years old. The maximum number of students per class is 22. In Kinder 4 and Kinder 5 there are two teachers to provide increased attention and guidance in these particularly formative years. Our mission is to educate our youngest students in the fundamentals, such as introductory reading and writing and early mathematical skills, as well as to provide learning experiences for our students that promote confidence and the ability to form part of a social group. Our curriculum utilizes total English language immersion and involves individual and group work in hands-on activities through the use of concrete materials and technology
The daily schedule is divided into 35-40 minute blocks and includes time for snacks, lunch and a brief quiet time rest. In addition to instruction in basic skills, students receive daily classes in Physical Education as well as Music, Library, Art, and Computer lab.
Our methodology is designed to help students learn while they are having fun. We provide enjoyable learning opportunities which help foster intellectual, physical, and emotional growth.
The Primary School is comprised of grades 1, 2, and 3. The mission of our Primary School is to promote a nurturing and structured environment as well as a challenging curriculum designed to stimulate cognitive development and foster a desire for learning within our students.
Our approach encompasses a variety of strategies to guide the students in their learning process in order to acquire the skills necessary to develop their full potential.
We place a strong emphasis on establishing in the students a solid foundational understanding of mathematics, reading and writing in English and Spanish languages, as well as an introduction to literature and sciences, Instruction is provided in an atmosphere of mutual respect for individual differences and learning styles.
The Middle School is comprised of grades 4, 5, and 6, and is focused on building upon the solid educational foundation which students have acquired in Primary School and inspiring students to expand their intellectual capacities. Middle School provides a structured learning environment with a challenging curriculum designed to encourage creativity, responsibility, and independent thought within our students. Teachers make use of technology resources, cooperative and individual work approaches, study guides, critical thinking exercises, hands-on activities, experiments, research, and educational field trips that support the learning process.
Our High School is comprised of grades 9 through 12. The academic curriculum is designed to prepare our students with the knowledge, skills and attributes essential for matriculation to colleges and universities around the world. Curriculum design is departmental and sequenced; course format is according to standards necessary to meet the diplomas sought. We place an emphasis on research skills, a solid foundation in the sciences, critical reading and thinking, and oral and written communication. A minimum of 24 Carnegie units of credit is required for graduation. Advanced placement courses and tests are optional.
It is the goal of PAIS to enable our graduates to achieve their full potential not only intellectually, but also socially and morally, so that they may lead responsible and fulfilling lives as citizens of an increasingly globalized world. We provide the preparation and opportunities to help develop abilities and attitudes that will help them become responsible citizens. One way in which we accomplish this goal is through our Community Service program, where our students develop increased social awareness through hand-on experiences giving time and effort, to improve the lives of others who are less fortunate.