Welcome to High School
On behalf of the Secondary Program, I would like to welcome you to the American Nicaraguan School in Managua, Nicaragua. We are a campus that serves the needs of the local and expat community through a balanced, global approach of creativity, innovation and knowledge.
The American Nicaraguan School is committed to offering students a world-class education focused on a student-centered, constructivist approach to learning with a global lens. Students have an assortment of options to choose from to develop critical thinking and 21st century problem-solving skills. Currently, we offer 19 Advanced Placement courses either in person or on-line to better fit the needs of our students. Students may also apply for our distinguished Global Studies Academy, which allows each student to delve deeper into what it means to be a citizen of the world. In addition to these options, our school has a rich tradition of competing in Model United Nations (MUN), HACIA Democracy and AASCA Knowledge Bowl, to name a few. If students want to push themselves on the pitch, court, or in the pool, we offer a variety of sports, which include soccer, volleyball, basketball, swimming, track and field and cross-country to provide each student with a well-rounded education.
At ANS, we are not just dedicated to rigorous academics. We also encourage students to become integral parts of the global community by instilling a love for learning and a passion for service. Throughout the year, each grade level commits to serving others in a variety of ways. This connection to service allows our students to grow as leaders and flourish as stewards of Nicaragua and beyond. In addition to our service days, many students take advantage of a plethora of clubs and activities such as Operation Smile, National Honor Society, Pink Club, and Un Techo Para mi Pais to balance out the ANS experience. Whether students are heading to a university or joining the work force upon graduation, each student will have the skills necessary to compete in a global economy.
It is truly my pleasure to lead such a historic program like ANS, and I am excited about all the possibilities we have before us. I look forward to getting to know each one of you personally, and if I can do anything to make this journey more pleasant, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Secondary School Principal
Dear Secondary Community,
I am excited to join the secondary team in welcoming the 2016-2017 school year. With our team and goals, it promises to be an invigorating year of learning and growth. I look forward to learning from each class about its work in secondary courses, and to supporting our staff to ensure world-class curriculum and alignment across throughout our school.
At ANS, we are committed to engagement through rigorous instruction and assessment. Students at ANS take ownership of the content to integrate true understanding with applicable knowledge. I hope to draw from my 11 years in the classroom, and experience designing specific, relevant curriculum in teacher teams, to help offer an engaging and rigorous education for our diverse community of learners. Please visit us in the new Students and Teachers Resource Center located on the first floor of the secondary building. There, you can get up to speed on the latest educational research and find out what is happening around the world in current events, and in our learning engagements at ANS.
Secondary Curriculum Coordinator
Supply List (Secondary)
In an effort to help students develop into globally aware and environmentally responsible citizens, Middle and High School are dedicated to using technology to better serve our students. With that in mind, each student is required to have either a tablet or a laptop computer during class each day. This tablet/laptop should also have a charger for students to use during the day if their battery runs out.
In addition to a tablet/laptop, we also request that students bring the following to class on the first day of school:
- Sharpened Pencils
- Notebook – one for each course (or notebook paper)
- Folder- 1 per course or Binder with dividers for each course
- Time Management System (either a written planner or an electronic strategy such as Google Calendar)
During the first week of school, teachers of each class may also request that students have additional materials. In these classes, teachers will allow students ample time to get these supplies.
|Course / Grade||Teacher(s)|
|9th Earth and Environmental Science||Julio Fajardo|
|AP Biology||Roberto Perezalonso|
|Chemistry | Human Anatomy||Maria Blandon|
|10th Grade Biology | Fundamentals of Engineering||Evan Wilke|
Social Studies Department
|Course / Grade||Teacher(s)|
|Ancient World History | AP Comp. Govt.||Thurlow Cunliffe|
|Modern World History | AP European History | Human Geography||Adam Smith|
|AP US History | US History | Sociology||Roger Brady|
|AP Economics | Economics | Global Studies||Belinda López|
|AP Comparative Politics||Thurlow Cunliffe|
|Philosophy | TEDx||Kate Wilke|
|Senior Capstone Project||Kate Wilke|
|Geo. II/III w. Civics | Hist. II w. Civics||Thelma Flores|
|Geo. III w. Civics | Hist. II w. Civics||Ester Palacios|
|Intro. to Business||Sergio Quiñónez|
|Marketing and Communications||Sergio Quiñónez|