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Academic ExcellenceA rigorous, U.S. accredited, college preparatory curriculum is the heart of the Colegio Maya educational experience designed to inspire all learners to seek excellence in mind body and character.

Colegio Maya offers all students the opportunity to achieve an Advanced Placement International Diploma as well as challenge themselves in areas of interest through a rich offering of Advanced Placement classes.

The twenty-four students making up the graduating class of 2013 were offered admissions at fifty-five different U.S. Universities and offered over two million dollars in financial assistance.

While our academic program is U.S. aligned, as is our accreditation, we also offer students the opportunity to earn a Guatemalan Bachillerato consistent with Mineduc requirements.

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Profile of a Colegio Maya Graduate

Graduate ProfileThe Colegio Maya education program is designed to nurture a graduate who:

  • Is competent in the application of the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking in English.
  • Demonstrates competency in quantitative, scientific and technological literacy.
  • Demonstrates competency in reading, writing, speaking and comprehending Spanish at an appropriate level.
  • Is able to find and access information efficiently and effectively.
  • Evaluates information competently, and uses information accurately, creatively and responsibly.
  • Exhibits awareness and practices sensitivity to environmental preservation.
  • Demonstrates the ability to think critically and to solve problems.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of history and its relationship to the world today.
  • Understands and values the participation and leadership needed to foster a more peaceful world.
  • Understands wellness and its implication for a healthy lifestyle.
  • Expresses herself/himself creatively and responds with sensitivity to the creative works of others.
  • Understands the values and the personal rewards of community service.
  • Can live successfully in a multicultural, global society by exercising tolerance, understanding and open mindedness.
  • Sustains and enhances self-esteem through integrity, responsibility and self-knowledge.
  • Demonstrates an active desire to learn, to reflect and to understand the world.
  • Actively works to find his or her voice to become a leader for a more peaceful world.

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Colegio Maya aligns the American Education Reaches Out (AERO) Standards with a strong AP programs in high school to ensure that students receive the best of American and pre-university level education.


The U.S. State Department’s Office of Overseas Schools and the Overseas Schools Advisory Council assisted schools in developing and implementing American standards-based school curricula in support of the AERO project. AERO provides a framework for curriculum consistency from Kindergarten to Grade 12 and for stability of curriculum in overseas schools. AERO’s curriculum and resources are in alignment with research based trends in the development of curriculum worldwide, and in particular with standards-based efforts in the U.S.

The AERO Curriculum Framework connects the process strands, which highlight ways of acquiring and using content knowledge, with the content standards, which outline the big concepts, to develop a coherent understanding. The relationship between Process and Content Standards is critical, as students will not develop proficient understanding if either is taught in isolation. The AERO project’s primary goal is to develop a framework of voluntary academic standards appropriate for American schools overseas. The AERO Standards used the Council for Basic Education’s Standards for Excellence in Education as the base. Standards for Excellence in Education is a condensed, edited version of the U.S. national standards, so there is a strong relationship between the U.S. national standards and AERO.


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Plan G – Guatemalan Bachillerato

Plan G - Guatemalan BachilleratoPlan G at Colegio Maya

  • All students complete and receive a U.S diploma when they graduate from Colegio Maya
  • Up through the end of grade 10 all students complete the requirements from the Guatemalan Ministry of Education
  • At the end of grade 10 students and families can chose to continue meeting the Guatemalan requirements in addition to the standard expectations at Colegio Maya

Benefits of Plan G

  • Students receive the Guatemalan Bachillerato
  • This allows for easy acceptance into Guatemalan and Latin American Universities.
  • Students remain socially connected to Guatemala.
  • Students receive specific courses and skills
    • Statistics and Probability
    • Psychology and Philosophy
    • Project Development: planning, executing and evaluating projects.
    • Seminario: research in the Social Sciences area

Opportunity Costs of Plan G

  • Less freedom to select electives at Colegio Maya in grade 11 and 12
  • Less unscheduled time during grade 11 and 12 due to the need to take additional courses beyond the regular load at Colegio Maya.
  • More academic work and expectations during an already busy and challenging time in your schooling.

Details during Grade 11

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Math
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Philosophy: KTV – elective
  • Physical Education – elective
  • Statistics and Probability: online course, 1st semester – outside school hours
  • Project Development: 2nd semester – outside school hours
  • Technology Proficiency Test

Details During Grade 12

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Math
  • Social Studies: Global Issues – elective
  • Science: Physics
  • Psychology (AP)
  • Fine Arts – elective
  • Seminario: 1st semester, outside school hours
  • A standardized test, in Spanish, at the end of the school year. The score on this test is not counted in the students’ average.

Timeline for Decision

  • Informational meeting with 11th grade parents: August 17th
  • Final decision to be made by August the 24th

Colegio Maya Vision
A community that inspires excellence in every learner
by developing their unique mind, body and character
to become independent value-driven citizens.

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University Acceptances 2007-2010

( Explore the links! )


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AthleticsIn addition to the core curriculum, Colegio Maya has a rich variety of special offerings including art, choir, instrumental music, drama, computer literacy, adventure education, team sports, health, Model United Nations, Knowledge Bowl, and field trips.

Students in grades 8-12 have the opportunity to participate in athletics, fine arts, and academic events with other schools in Guatemala and in other Central American countries. There is a strong commitment to community service and students at all grade levels are encouraged to become involved in hands-on service projects throughout the year. We also offer membership to both National Honors Society and National Junior Honors Society.

A typical Colegio Maya High School student may well belong to a sports team, be an actor in a play, a musician in the orchestra, take two AP classes, and be part of the student government.  All students at Colegio Maya have the opportunity to participate in a broad range of activities.

Fine Arts

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ESOL instructors work closely with classroom teachers to monitor the progress ESOL students are making in the regular classroom. At the end of each semester classroom teachers assess their ESOL students by completing an ESOL Exit Standard checklist.

In order for elementary students to be considered proficient they must meet 85% of the exit standards and be achieving at the Independent Reader, Proficient Writer, and Proficient Speaker and Listener ability levels in the classroom without support. If an Elementary student reaches their goals by mid-year it’s possible they will be exited from the program.

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Colegio Maya’s Learning Resource Center (LRC) was established to provide remedial help and classroom support to students with mild learning disabilities in grades First through Eighth. The LRC program incorporates a multi-sensory approach through individualized instruction, in a variety of strategy presentations to enable a student’s development and success in specific learning areas as identified in an Individualized Education Program (I.E.P.)

LRCStudents most commonly work in the areas of:

  • phonological processing
  • phonemic awareness
  • reading comprehension
  • reading fluency
  • vocabulary development
  • spelling
  • writing
  • attention/focus

All students with learning difficulties at Colegio Maya are included in regular classrooms; this is called “inclusion” in some academic programs. Student with learning disabilities must be capable of completing the work required at their level of study with reasonable accommodations or modifications. Teachers of students served by the LRC are expected to differentiate for students’ needs in consultation with the LRC Specialist.

Progress is monitored on a regular basis and reported quarterly in the student’s I.E.P. and LRC report card. Each student’s progress is also reported in Student Support Team meetings (SST’S) that are scheduled during the beginning of the first quarter and the end of the third quarter. The student’s classroom progress is closely monitored as well through regular communication with each classroom teacher. The expected outcome for all LRC students is to become independent learners who are fully mainstreamed into their regular grade level curriculums.

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Here are the requisites to become a Maya Teacher:


  • Teacher QualificationsA minimum: Bachelor’s Degree
  • A recognized teaching certificate
  • An understanding of and commitment to the Mission, Vision, Philosophy, and goals of Colegio Maya
  • Evidence of professional commitment to continuous growth
  • Some experience working with an international and different cultures
  • A team player/collaborator who will share the responsibility with colleagues in accomplishing the goals and priorities of Colegio Maya
  • Willing to support and enhance the Colegio Maya Graduate Profile, both in the classroom and in the greater community
  • Competent in the use of technology
  • Uses a variety of teaching methods, techniques and strategies creating an environment that is positive for student learning and involvement.
  • Monitors students’ understanding of the curriculum and adjusts instruction, materials, or assessments to meet developmental and academic needs of diverse learners.
  • Plans effective and varied assessment of student learning and keeps accurate records of student progress.
  • Encourages critical thinking and problem solving through prompts, questioning and application.
  • Evaluates, tries innovative approaches, and refines instructional strategies, including the effective use of technologies, to increase student learning and confidence to learn.
  • Communicates learning goals, high standards, and expectations of quality to students.
  • Is knowledgeable of and uses identified core practices
  • Demonstrates appreciation for and sensitivity to the diversity among individuals and differentiates for students with special needs.
  • Is constructive and cooperative in interactions with parents and receptive to their contributions.
  • Is constructive and cooperative in interactions with teachers and administrators.
  • Demonstrates flexibility and a positive attitude.
  • Demonstrates enthusiasm for subjects taught.
  • Actively works to plan class time so as to maximize learning and enjoyment.
  • Accommodates teaching practices for ESOL learners by promoting the maintenance of the student’s first language including use of multiple languages when students are engaged in classroom discussions with their peers and learning new academic concepts.





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