Brief History

Colegio Decroly Americano (CDA) was established in 1993 as a private, bilingual (Spanish-English), co-educational, non-sectarian school, and is run by a Board of Directors. The school is authorized by the Guatemalan Ministry of Education and offers a U.S.-Guatemala program.  

In its first year CDA provided schooling for approximately 225 students in grades 1-4. The school now instructs students from Infants to 12th Grade and has kept a steady enrollment above 1000 students. The grades are divided into four divisions: Early Learning Center (Infants-Kindergarten), Elementary (Grades 1-5), Middle School (6-8), and High School (9-12).  

The school has grown immensely since its first years. During the last three years the school has added new classrooms, laboratories, a synthetic soccer field, a weight room, bathrooms, and a state-of-the-art multi-purpose gymnasium.

Since 2008 CDA is internationally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and it is an active member of a number of school associations including the Association of American Schools of Central America (AASCA), the Association of American Schools of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean (Tri-Association) and the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE).    

Mission and Vision

MISSION
Our mission is to provide students with a challenging academic program in English and in Spanish while fostering skills, values, attitudes, and habits of mind that will prepare them to become thoughtful, creative, productive, and engaged members of both a local and a global community.

VISION
To be an international school with a U.S. curriculum that combines academic excellence with a strong sense of discipline, values and wellness, while inspiring in students a lifelong love of learning. Furthermore, to become an educational community that fosters a democratic culture in which each member can respond to the challenges of an ever changing and complex world.

Goals & Statements

  • We are dedicated to empowering each individual to be honest, responsible, empathetic, independent, and respectful to oneself and others

  • We are commited to achieving a high standard of education and providing a curriculum that will prepare students for local and international universities

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School Counselors

CDA is dedicated to the emotional well-being of every child. Whether it is to have a casual chat or to resolve a deeper issue, students can approach a qualified and full-time school counselor. Parents are also welcome to contact the Counseling Department with regard to their children.

 

CDA is dedicated to the emotional well-being of every child. Whether it is to have a casual chat or to resolve a deeper issue, students can approach a qualified and full-time school counselor. Parents are also welcome to contact the Counseling Department with regard to their children.

 

Cafeteria

The CDA cafeteria provides breakfast, snacks, and lunch. The meals cater to a variety of palates and the administration and wellness committee ensures that nutritious options are always available.

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The CDA cafeteria provides breakfast, snacks, and lunch. The meals cater to a variety of palates and the administration and wellness committee ensures that nutritious options are always available.

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Library/Media Center

The library is a book lovers' paradise with novels, magazines, encyclopedia and subject-specific books.

The library is a book lovers' paradise with novels, magazines, encyclopedia and subject-specific books. We also offer a media center for student and faculty independent research. The friendly librarians are ever willing to offer a helping hand to students who want to use the library. There is also a story telling room for ELC kids. Library is a compulsory period from PK to Grade 5.

Transportation Services

CDA has a fleet of buses that reach most parts of the city and surrounding areas. On each bus we have a communication system with the school’s office.

CDA has a fleet of buses that reach most parts of the city and surrounding areas. On each bus we have a communication system with the school’s office. Drivers of the buses are trained and monitored to ensure the safety of each child. Every bus also has a female attendant who is there throughout the journey. In addition, CDA staff is also present on majority of the routes.

 

Technology

CDA offers three computer labs with 70 computers with internet connection exclusively for students.

CDA offers three computer labs with 70 computers with internet connection exclusively for students. Students visit the computer lab during a designated class. In addition, CDA students bring their own devices that are used according to teacher’s instructions. Dedicated and trained teachers are always at hand to help students with research and project work. Colegio Decroly Americano is also WiFi enabled.

Sports facilities

The school is proud of its athletic fields and gymnasium available to all students.

The school is proud of its athletic fields and gymnasium available to all students. Turfs are made of materials that avoid too much stress on the knees. The main sports played at school are basketball, volleyball and soccer, which are offered for recreational and competitive purposes. CDA is a dynamic participant in the regional tournaments of the Association of American School of Central America (AASCA). In addition, CDA becomes venue for the Bicultural Schools Tournament, played every year among the AASCA sister schools.

Science Labs

Chemistry, Biology and Physics courses benefit from the use of labs, which follow all safety guidelines and provide students an enriching environment to learn the practical aspects of Science.

Chemistry, Biology and Physics courses benefit from the use of labs, which follow all safety guidelines and provide students an enriching environment to learn the practical aspects of Science.

Infirmary

CDA has a full-time qualified nurse. The dispensary is equipped to handle minor injuries, allergies and illnesses. Several beds are available for rest and recuperation. There are hospitals nearby which are easily accessible in case of emergencies.

 

CDA has a full-time qualified nurse. The dispensary is equipped to handle minor injuries, allergies and illnesses. Several beds are available for rest and recuperation. There are hospitals nearby which are easily accessible in case of emergencies.

 

Play Areas

The ELC and Elementary students have a colourful and developmentally suited play area. The equipment is not only fun to use but also satisfies a child’s natural curiosity. The outdoor play area is a safe environment for the little ones to enjoy.

The ELC and Elementary students have a colourful and developmentally suited play area. The equipment is not only fun to use but also satisfies a child’s natural curiosity. The outdoor play area is a safe environment for the little ones to enjoy.

Performing Arts

Dance, Drama and Music classes are a hit among students and for good reason. Our professional dance instructor help children explore contemporary disciplines. The experienced drama teachers engage children in a variety of acting skills. Percussion instruments are taught as extracurricular activities. We have Elementary, Middle and High School Choirs.

Dance, Drama and Music classes are a hit among students and for good reason. Our professional dance instructor help children explore contemporary disciplines. The experienced drama teachers engage children in a variety of acting skills. Percussion instruments are taught as extracurricular activities. We have Elementary, Middle and High School Choirs.

Employment Opportunities at CDA

For courses taught in English, Colegio Decroly Americano requires that all applicants possess strong English speaking skills with good composition and grammar skills. Preference will be given to candidates with grade level experience, developed emotional intelligence, and who will be positive role models to our community of learners.

For a detailed job description, please contact Griselda Túnchez -see email below-. Candidates should send CV, picture, copies of degrees/certificates and letters of recommendation to: employment@decrolyamericano.edu.gt

Preferred Qualifications:

  • College degree and teaching credentials
  • Bilingual (English-Spanish)
  • Three years prior teaching experience
  • Clear Background check from your point of origin

Open Positions for the 2017-2018 School Year*

*Start date is August 14, 2017.

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