History & Profile

history-and-profile-bannerColegio Interamericano was founded in 1976 by the alumni of Colegio Americano in Guatemala City. The founders sought to provide another school alternative for Guatemalan families other than Colegio Americano, since their alma mater was at capacity in enrollment and frequently did not have space for the children of its alumni. The school has been located on its present campus in the suburbs of Guatemala City since 1981. In the beginning years, the mission of the school was to emulate many of the positive characteristics of its alma mater that the founders found indispensable, such as United States accreditation and bilingual education for its students.

As the school grew and matured over the years, it gradually assumed its own mission, identity, and purpose, and in 1989 it secured U.S. accreditation to guide its bilingual program. In addition to the fact that Colegio Interamericano has offered an alternative for Guatemalan families seeking a U.S. education for their children, it has more recently provided a viable choice for an increasing number of foreign students and internationally mobile families. There are currently over 1,200 PK-12 students at Interamericano.

The qualities or characteristics that have attracted students to the school have been the following:
1976-2002

  • Family-like atmosphere
  • Individual attention for students
  • Small classes
  • Bilingual program
  • U.S. curriculum
  • Sheltered environment with low incidence of student drug use and other at risk behavior of adolescents.

2002-2004

  • Emphasis on academic achievement
  • Native English teachers
  • Individual attention for students
  • Small classes
  • English immersion program for Kindergarten
  • Change to full-day Kindergarten
  • U.S. Curriculum
  • Increase in number of professional teachers
  • Sheltered environment and low incidence of student drug use and other at-risk behaviors

2004-2009

  • Change to the North American calendar
  • Experimental School status in Guatemala
  • Increased number of native English speakers
  • Significant increase in quality of professional teachers across the campus

2010-Present

  • Adoption of standardized tests such as the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) and Aprenda.
  • Implementation of more rigorous curriculums such as Singapore Math, Balanced Literacy, and more AP courses
  • Greater focus on values education
  • Infrastructural expansion (second floor Elementary expansion, synthetic field, new administration building, High School Art & Music classrooms)

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School Profile

Colegio Interamericano is divided into 4 distinct areas:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary
  • Middle School
  • High School

The qualities or characteristics that have attracted families are:

  • Family-like atmosphere
  • Individual attention for students
  • Bilingual program
  • U.S. curriculum
  • Sheltered environment with low incidence of student drug use and other at risk behavior of adolescents

The total enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year is approximately 1,200 students.