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International School of Caracas
The International School of Caracas (Colegio Internacional de Caracas) is a private, coeducational day school which offers a program from pre-nursery through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. It is operated by the Associacion Civil Accademia La Castellana. The School year is comprised of 2 semesters extending approximately from late August to late December and from late January to mid-June.

Organization: The School, a nonprofit institution, is parent-owned. Each parent purchases a share (refundable) in the School when a student is registered. It is administered by a Board of Directors elected each October by the parents at the General Assembly. It is recognized by both the Venezuelan and the U.S. government as a tax-exempt organization. The School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Curriculum: The curriculum is similar to that of a U.S. college-preparatory school, with additional emphasis placed on Spanish and the history and culture of Latin America. Basic instruction is given in English, but all students are required to study Spanish, or take a course taught in Spanish, each year. Almost 100% of the graduates go on to colleges or universities in the United States or Europe. The School places a premium on creating a supportive environment for all students. The small class size and faculty ensure that students work hard, yet also feel that they are part of a large school community. The school uses both the International Baccalaureate Diploma programs in grades 11 and 12 and the International Baccalaureate middle years program in grades 6-10. The school has an extremely varied and interesting after school program. This program includes Model United National teams for both grades 6-8 and 9-12, extensive drama and music, plus a range of athletic teams at all levels of the school.

Faculty: In the 2004-2005 school year, there are 58 full-time and 2 part-time faculty members.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2004-2005 school year, enrollment was 265 (Pre-N-grade 5: 100; grades 6-8: 45; and grades 9-12: 100).

Facilities: The facilities consist of 37 classrooms; 6 laboratories; a library with over 30,000 volumes, 70 magazines and numerous audio-visual materials; 4 computer rooms; an elementary wing; 9 offices; 2 book rooms; 2 art rooms; and 2 music rooms. The 3 secondary science laboratories have been newly refurbished and are designed to be used by both secondary and elementary students. All classrooms, computer laboratories and the media center have access to the Internet. There is abundant space for outdoor sports and recreation as the school has a full-size soccer field, covered basketball courts, and a street hockey area. The physical education building includes dance/weight rooms, 4 classroom locker rooms and a physical education office. Students also have access to a modern cafeteria and eating area.

Finances: In the 2004-2005 school year, the School’s income derives from tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: Pre-N: $5,425; N-PK: $7,980; Kdg,-grade 5: $11,760; grades 6-8: $14,805; grades 9-10: $15,225; grades 11-12 $15,645. There is a one-time capital fee of $5,000 for all students in grades Kdg.-12. Students in Pre-N pay $500, which is then applied against the capital fee when the student enters N; students in N and PK pay $1,000, which is then applied against the capital fee when the students enter kindergarten. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)


Mr. Winthrop Sargent, Jr., Headmaster
International School of Caracas
P.O. Box 025304
Miami, Florida 33102-5304
Tel: 58-212-945-0422
Fax: 58-212-945-0533

Adapted from material published by the U.S. Department of State.
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