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CityPanama City
CurriculumAmerican
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 19 students / class
Maximum 25 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: 8,462 B/.
to: 14,754 B/.
Address: Street Jorge Gil, Panama City, Panama
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Number of students

956

Number of nationalities represented in the school

46

Most common nationality

Panamanian

Ratio of local students to international students

1 to 2.6

Native English speaking teachers

Yes

Language support for students not fluent in English

English Language Learners

Additional language classes offered by the school

Spanish and French (High School level)

Max. number of students per class

25

Average number of students per class

18 to 20

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

For Preschool and Kindergarten

Use of technology in the classroom

The school implements technology throughout the curriculum. Some examples are Microsoft Teams, Seesaw, IXL, BrainPop, Raz-Kids, Lexia, etc. From Elementary and up, students have access to computers, iPads, and laptops. Teachers use Smartboards in the classroom to enhance the learning experience.

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

Yes, our main platform is Microsoft Teams.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

No.

External examinations or assessments available

MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) is done twice a year from first grade up to 9th grade in Reading, Language Usage, and Mathematics. Our 10th and 11th graders take the PSAT. Our 11th and 12th graders take the SAT test. AP (Advanced Placement) exams are given every May.

Results in these examinations

Traditionally, our students score above global averages.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes.

Approximate hours of homework given

Homework is limited to 10 minutes at the Kindergarten level and increases up by 10 minutes per grade level.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

98%

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes.

Learning support offered

Our primary focus is inclusion with support from our Educational Specialists. Some students receive support in small group or one on one settings.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

BADGE – Balboa Academy Dragons Gifted Education Program as well as advanced and AP courses in the higher levels.

Student access to education psychologist

We provide social-emotional support through the Counselors.

Entry evaluation for students

Yes. As part of the admissions process we evaluate students' skills and have an interview to get to know them.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

Pre-Kinder and Kindergarten evaluation has a duration of approximately 20 minutes and covers such concepts are shapes, letters, and numbers. The 1st-12th grade evaluation has a duration of approximately one hour and covers reading, writing, and mathematics. The evaluation is not an English proficiency test but is proctored entirely in English.

Waiting list

Generally, no. Some grades at times might be full and applying students are placed on a waitlist.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

Our Admissions Department works year-round. We do not have a deadline.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes.

School start time

8:00 a.m.

School finish time

Preschool: 12:30 p.m. (Wednesdays 11:30 a.m.)
Kindergarten - 12th grade: 2:55 (Wednesdays 12:45 p.m.)

Supervised care before/after school

We have before school supervision and after-school programs.

School bus service available

Yes.

School provided lunches

Lunches may be purchased from a provider.

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

Yes, through the lunch provider.

Uniform required

Yes.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

We have a wide variety of after-school activities and Clubs including sports, arts, academics, social service clubs, and technology.

Sports activities included

Physical education is required for all students from preschool until 9th grade. Our PE classes include sports like soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball, and many more physical activities.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes.

Facilities at the school

Balboa Academy has two libraries, six Science labs, two Music rooms, a Drama room, and access to an Olympic sized pool.

Sports facilities at the school

We have two gymnasiums, an AstroTurf field, athletic fields, and recreational areas with playground equipment,

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Balboa Academy is an international, coeducational, college preparatory school that offers a US curriculum education for Pre-Kindergarten through the 12th grade. All courses are taught in English. Balboa Academy is known for going above and beyond in the care and education of each child.

Teaching approach of the school

Balboa provides a U.S. standards-based curriculum in which English is the language of instruction. Balboa's comprehensive and engaging educational program is dedicated to fostering innovative, intellectual growth. Balboa honors individual differences and diversity, while focusing on the development of the whole child. Balboa's nurturing community inspires students to become responsible global citizens with integrity and compassion.

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