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CityPanama City
CurriculumIB
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 18 students / class
Maximum 24 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: 11,894 B/.
to: 19,027 B/.
Address: Green Valley, Calle de la Primavera, Vía Panamá Nte., Panama City, Panama
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Number of students

800

Number of nationalities represented in the school

45

Language support for students not fluent in English

English as an Additional Language

Additional language classes offered by the school

Spanish

Max. number of students per class

24

Average number of students per class

18

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Use of technology in the classroom

Technology has become a new and key “literacy” for today’s students and professionals. Thus the MET is a technology-rich school where we offer an Apple one-to-one technology program, where each student from Kinder to 4th Grade has an iPad, and each student from 5th to 12th Grade has a Mac laptop.

Each classroom is equipped with the latest technological offerings for education, such as SMARTboards in every classroom. These interactive digital boards enhance the teaching and learning experience in the classroom by expanding the nature of content, introducing different media and digital educational resources to lesson plans and providing interactivity through which students can demonstrate their mastery of content.

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)

As the MET already offered a one-to-one Apple technology program, we were able to switch to a virtual school offering within 24 hours of schools closing in Panama. During the pandemic, students connected to classes from 19 countries and we continue to offer virtual classes when quarantining or government mandates require this. Our new state-of-the-art campus is equipped with Wifi6 (5G) and offers students wireless capacity and modern technologies not previously seen in Panama school campuses.

External examinations or assessments available

IB Diploma

Results in these examinations

For the 2020-2021 the average DP score for MET students was 35 points, 2 points above the world average of 33 points.
25% of our graduating class gained 40 points or higher and our top IB DP score was 43 points. This was achieved by 3 students.
We had a 98% pass rate.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

To meet the diverse needs of MET's students, MET's Exceptional Education Program offers support services for students with mild to moderate learning needs.

Learning support offered

The MET’s Universal Inclusion Model has been developed by combining research based inclusion programs including Response to Intervention and is designed to support students based on their individual and specific needs. MET's services follow a multi-tiered approach that encourages each student’s success through frequent progress monitoring and instructional interventions, personalized to the child’s personal level.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

METAGS Enrichment Program: to qualify for this Exceptional Education Program academic service, the MET uses standardized assessments in achievement and cognitive ability that are internationally recognized. The program will incorporate pull-out instruction/extension and an individual personal project to stretch and enhance critical thinking skills.

The program will provide a variety of learning experiences that challenge, engage and inspire students to develop their full potential. Students will have opportunities to collaborate with their academic peers, develop an awareness for their giftedness as well as explore topics in depth and of individual interest.

Entry evaluation for students

Assessment

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

No deadline

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes. As an international school we have rolling admissions.

School start time

8:00am

School finish time

3:00pm (Friday 1:15pm)

School bus service available

Yes

School provided lunches

Yes - included in the school fees.

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

MET strives to offer meal options to meet students' individual dietary needs. In addition to regular meal plan, MET offers daily vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free menu options, as well as modified options for students with sensory needs.

If a child has any dietary needs, MET informs the school's nutritionist upon admission. Parents may also schedule an appointment with the school’s nutritionist at any time to work together in developing an individual nutritional plan for the child.

Uniform required

Yes

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Sports (Soccer, volleyball, swimming, triathlon, karate
Music (Cello, guitar, viola, violin, orchestra
STEAM, robotics and 3D modeling
Performing Arts, Theater, Drama
Reading club, explorers club

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes

Facilities at the school

We have a black box theater, 8 fully equipped science labs, a media center, a library plus 3 music rooms and various creative spaces.

Sports facilities at the school

Extensive outdoor sports fields include FIFA-sized soccer fields, indoor athletic facilities, and a pool provides young athletes turf to train and compete in inter-school competitions.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

The Metropolitan School of Panama is a private IB World school that is setting a new standard of excellence in Panama. Now in it's tenth year and the only the only school in Panama and Central America to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB)'s continuum of programs in English for students in Early Childhood 3 through 12th grade.

The IB is a world acclaimed academic program with innovative teaching methodologies that allows the development of intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills necessary to learn, work and succeed in a rapidly globalizing world.
In September 2017, MET joined Nord Anglia Education, the world's leading schools organization, uniting with over 70 other outstanding schools in 33 countries around the world to offer a quality education in Panama. The MET's learning community is unique. It is a vibrant tight-knit community that resembles a family more than a school. Every member of our MET family shares the same goals: to provide the best educational experience to our children within an environment that fosters respect and celebrates diversity.

Teaching approach of the school

The MET is committed to each child reaching their personal level of excellence through a balanced academic program that nurtures their self-esteem and potential, and engages them in the world that surrounds them.

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