American Nicaraguan School

School Profile

Dr. Jeffrey Keller
Director General

Fredy Ramírez
Assistant Director General

Preston Emerton
Secondary Principal

Doug Kilmister
Elementary School Principal

Joseph Azmeh
Middle School Principal

Katy Meyer
Curriculum Coordinator

Fina Ramírez
Assistant Elementary School Principal

Leonel Gutiérrez
Business Director

Miguel Medrano
IT Director

Oswaldo Ortiz
Athletics Director

ANS Mission

The ANS mission is to provide its multicultural student community with a US-accredited college preparatory program, based on democratic and universal values, that develops critical thinkers and ethical individuals capable of realizing their leadership potential by making meaningful contributions to society.

The American Nicaraguan School (ANS), is a private, non-profit, coeducational multicultural institution, founded in 1944. With grades from Nursery through Grade 12 , ANS is composed of students of more than 35 different nationalities. ANS provides a rigorous academic program through an American curriculum with classes taught in English. The School is governed by a seven member Board of Directors, with six members elected by the American Nicaraguan School’s parents, and one member appointed by the U.S. Embassy. The school community includes members of the diplomatic corps, foreign and local business, Nicaraguan government, and international assistance groups working in Nicaragua.

Located on a 26-acre campus in Managua, Nicaragua, ANS is undergoing a major facilities renovation project. Facilities include climate-controlled learning spaces, science and computer labs, a track, semi-olympic swimming pool and a multi-purpose covered athletic area. Tech and media resources include a 22,000-volume library, largest of its kind in Nicaragua, and high-speed wireless internet access across campus. ANS is accredited by AdvancED through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS – CASI) and the Nicaraguan Ministry of Education (MINED).


Student Population Percentages


USA and Canada

Latin American (exc. Nic.)





As an AdvancED accredited institution, ANS applies a US-based curriculum with the addition of the optional Nicaraguan Ministry of Education’s Bachillerato program. English is the language of instruction through all grade-levels at ANS, starting at Kinder 3. The ANS curriculum is based highly on the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) teaching model, promoting project-based learning as early as in the Middle School. In Elementary, students begin learning mathematics under the Singapore Math model. High School students can partake in the Global Studies Program, a program that provides students with a globalized perspective on humanities through courses in Human Geography, World Religions and courses in a third language, including Mandarin and/or French. These courses, in addition to the 16 Advanced Placement courses offered in High School, prepare the student for post secondary education in universities around the world.

Early Learning Center

The ELC provides children with the right combination of play and structured instruction centered on an inquiry based learning. ANS’ youngest students are introduced to Singapore Math and Science Fusion as early as K5. In addition, the ANS ELC applies a Balanced Literacy Approach to its courses.

Elementary School

The Elementary student body, comprised of over 300 children from Grades 1-5, comes from all ends of the globe. We collaborate with parents, teachers and children to form a partnership and provide the students with the best possible educational experience. Every day we strive to fulfill our school mission by helping our children become leaders with innovative and ethical minds making meaningful contributions to society. We accomplish this by exposing them to a variety of fun and meaningful activities throughout their school career at ANS.

The social, emotional, and academic development of our students is important to us. Through the Responsive Classroom approach, our students receive a daily lesson on character building that teach them to become life time learners and problem solvers. The Elementary uses cutting edge curricular programs such as Balanced Literacy, Singapore Math, Science Fusion for its core classes. We emphasize equality and diversity as we help students reach their goals through the many and varied school and community activities. The elementary school support services consist of a full time counseling program and a full time Learning Support program for our special learning students. The Student Council (STUCO) provide leadership for our student body through various activities, including supporting a local school. The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) organizes service activities on our campus through Fall Festival, Muffins with Moms, Winter Performance, Book Fair, Donuts with Dads, Kermesse and much more. More than 200 children participate in the wide variety of after-school activities that we offer.

Middle School Course Offerings

English Course Offerings

  • English 6-8
  • Honors English 8

Math Course Offerings

  • Math 6 and Math 6 Advanced
  • Math 7 and Pre-Algebra
  • Math 8 and Algebra 1

Science Course Offerings

  • Earth & Space Science 6
  • Life Science 7
  • Physical Science 8

Social Sciences Course Offerings

  • Ancient History 6
  • History and Geography of Nicaragua 1 / Latin American History
  • US History 8
  • History and Geography of Nicaragua 2

Language Course Offerings

  • Spanish 6-8
  • Spanish Language Learner (SLL)
  • French I (Grades 7 and 8)
  • French II (Grade 8)
  • Chinese I (Grades 7 and 8)
  • Chinese II (Grade 8)

Other Course Offerings

  • Community and Values 6-8
  • Art 6-8
  • Music 6-8
  • Technology 8

High School Course Offerings

English Course Offerings

  • World Literature
  • Honors World Literature
  • American Literature
  • AP English Language
  • British Literature
  • AP English Literature

Math Course Offerings

  • Geometry
  • Honors Geometry
  • Algebra Bridge
  • Algebra II
  • Honors Algebra II
  • Pre-Calculus / Trigonometry
  • Statistics
  • Calculus
  • Honors Pre-Calculus / Trigonometry
  • AP Calculus AB

Science Course Offerings

  • Earth & Environmental Science
  • AP Environmental Science
  • Biology & AP Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Honors Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Physics & AP Physics I

Social Sciences Course Offerings

  • Ancient World History
  • Modern World History
  • US History
  • AP US History
  • Nicaraguan History
  • Nicaraguan Geography
  • Nicaraguan Civics
  • Economics
  • AP Economics
  • Global Studies
  • Sociology
  • Philosophy
  • Religions
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP Comparative Government

World Languages Course Offerings

  • Spanish Literature 9-12 (for native speakers)
  • Honors Spanish Literature 9-11
  • AP Spanish Literature
  • Spanish Language Learners 1-4
  • AP Spanish Language
  • French 1-3
  • AP French Language
  • Chinese 1-4
  • AP Chinese

Technology Course Offerings

  • Digital Yearbook
  • Introduction to Technology
  • Cloud Media
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Graphic Design

Other Course Offerings

Physical Education

  • P.E. 9-10

Other Courses

Visual & Performing Arts 1 & 2 AP Studio Art Architectural Art Introduction to Clay
Drama World Film Studies Entertainment Perspectives Play Production
Discover Music Band Guitar AP Music Theory
Choir Speech & Debate Creative Writing Music & Culture of Nicaragua
College Advisory Academic Workshops AP Independent Study

University Acceptances

Over 99% of each graduating class pursues post secondary education, primarily at four year institutions. As the list is extensive, they could not all be mentioned.

United States of America

American University James Madison University St. Louis University
Augustana College Johnson and Wales University St. Thomas University
Babson College Lehigh University Suffolk University
Bates College Louisiana State University Tampa University
Boston College Lynchburg University Texas Christian University
Brandeis University Lynn University University of California San Diego
Brown University Marquette University University of California Santa Cruz
Bucknell University Marymount University University of Colorado Boulder
Catholic University of America Massachussets Coll. of Art & University of Georgia
Colgate University Design University of Loyola Chicago
Colorado College Mercyhurst University University of Loyola New Orleans
Columbia University Metropolitan State University University of Miami
Cornell University New York University University of Mississippi
Duke University Northeastern University University of Pennsylvania
Elon University Northwest Missouri State Univ. University of Portland
Emory University Penn State University University of San Diego
Felician College Plymouth University University of Southern Maine
Flagler College Pontifical Catholic Univ. of Puerto Rico University of the Pacific
Florida International University Princeton University University of Virginia
Fordham University Regis College Vassar College
Furman University Rice University Virginia Commonwealth University
George Mason University Rollins College Walsh University
Grinnell University Santa Barbara Community College Wentworth Institute of Technology
Harvard University Santa Clara University West Virginia University
Hofstra University Santa Fe University of Art and Design Western Michigan University
Hult University – San Francisco St. Edward´s University Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Rest of the World




Latin America

New York University – Shanghai Humber College Culinary Arts Institute – Switzerland Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey
National Chengchi University – Taiwan McGill University IE Business School – Spain Universidad Americana UAM
National Taiwan University York University Regent´s University – England Universidad Nacional Agraria – UNA
Universidad de Navarra – Spain

Academic Calendar

The 2016 – 2017 school calendar consists of two semesters with 190 total days of classroom instruction. The first semester begins mid August and finishes in mid December; the second semester begins in the middle of January and concludes in the middle of June.

Unweighted Grading

System and Ranking*

Grade Letter GPA
93-100 A 4.00
90-92 A- 3.75
87-89 B+ 3.25
83-86 B 3.00
80-82 B- 2.75
77-79 C+ 2.25
73-76 C 2.00
70-72 C- 1.75
67-69 D+ 1.25
63-66 D 1.00
60-62 D- 0.75
40-59 F 0.00

*The American Nicaraguan School does not rank its students.

English Language Institute

ANS hosts a 14-level English Language Institute (ELI) specializing in teaching English as a Foreign Language to the general Nicaraguan Public. ESL and TOEFL preparatory courses are offered on Saturdays and weekday afternoons and evenings. Approximately 3000 students attend courses on both the Managua and Leon campuses.

Alumni Association

The American Nicaraguan School has an alumni community of more than 2,700 former students. Through our on-line database, we strive to create and maintain a channel of communication for alumni on our school website. ANS offers support to class reunion committees, sponsors alumni social events and welcomes all former students to return to visit the school campus.

Standardized Tests

Twice a year, Elementary, Middle School and 9th grade students take the MAP test, Measurement of Academic Progress.  10th and 11th grade take the PSAT in October. Students begin taking the SAT towards the end of their Junior year. ANS is a certified testing center for the ACT, SAT, PSAT and AP Exams.

US Diploma Requirements

  • Spanish: 4 years
  • Mathematics: 4 years
  • English: 4 years
  • Social Studies: 4 years
  • Elective Courses: 4 years
  • Science: 4 years
  • Physical Education: 2 years
  • Visual & Performing Arts:  1 semester

Nicaraguan Bachillerato

  • Spanish: 5 years
  • English: 5 years
  • Science: 5 years
  • History: 5 years
  • Physical Education: 4 years
  • Fine Arts: 1 semester
  • History of Nicaragua: 2 semesters
  • Geography of Nicaragua: 3 semesters
  • Civics: 3 semesters
  • Philosophy: 1 semester
  • Sociology: 1 semester

Extra Curricular Activities & Community Service Clubs

ANS HS and MS students are involved in over 23 extra curricular activities and Community Service Clubs; from visual and performing arts and international debate groups, to volunteer community service for major foundations and our own ANS students´ social initiatives. Students work with major international organizations including National Honor Society, Operation Smile as well as major local and regional foundations including Fundación Ortiz Gurdian and Un Techo Para mi País.

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