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A 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
The 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.
CURRICULUM STANDARDS BY SUBJECT
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Plan G – Guatemalan Bachillerato
Plan 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
- Social Studies
- 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
- 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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HIGH RATE OF ACCEPTANCE OF MAYA STUDENTS AT THE BEST UNIVERSITIES IN THE WORLD!
University Acceptances 2007-2010
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- Rochester Institute of Technology
- Rhode Island School of Design
- Rice University
- Richmond University, London
- Ringling College of Art and Design
- Rollins College
- San Diego State University
- Savannah College of Art and Design
- School of Visual Arts
- State University of New York, Buffalo
- St. Catherine University
- St. Edward University
- St. Louis University, Madrid
- St. Norbert University
- School of the Art Institute of Chicago
- Stanford University
- Suffolk University
- Suffolk University, Madrid
- Regis University
- Rice University
- Ringling College of Art and Design
- Trent University
- Trinity University
- Tufts University
- University of Arkansas
- University of British Columbia
- University of California, Davis
- University of California, Berkeley
- University of California, San Diego
- University of California, Santa Barbara
- University of Connecticut
- University of Denver
- University of East Anglia
- University of East London
- University of Florida
- University of Hawaii, Manoa
- University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
- University of Maine
- University of Manchester, UK
- University of Massachusetts, Amherst
- University of Miami
- University of Michigan
- University of Minnesota
- University of North Carolina
- University of North Texas
- University of Northern Colorado
- University of Notre Dame
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of Rochester
- University of South Florida
- University of Southern California
- University of Stirling
- University of the Pacific
- University of the Holy Cross
- University of Tulsa
- University of Vermont
- University of West Florida
- University of Virginia
- Vanderbilt University
- Villanova University
- Yonsei University
- York University
- Washington University, St. Louis
- Waterloo University, Canada
- Wentworth University
- Wheaton College, MA
- Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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In 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.
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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.)
Students most commonly work in the areas of:
- phonemic awareness
- reading comprehension
- reading fluency
- vocabulary development
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: