The American School Foundation of Monterrey is a private, non-profit, independent, international day school providing a U.S.-type education to international and Mexican students. While the school offers a curriculum similar to U.S. schools in many respects and is fully accredited in the U.S., it is incorporated and licensed in Mexico and students must also meet all requirements for the Mexican diploma unless they are of high school age and specifically registered only in the U.S. high school diploma program.
The school is governed by members of the Board of Founders who meet twice a year. The Founders elect a Board of Directors, which sets general policies for the operation of the school. The school administration is in charge of the day-to-day operation.
The Curriculum is designed to be college-preparatory and students of average ability may encounter some difficulties, especially in grades 7-12. The course offerings in those grades include requirements for the Mexican diploma and are heavily weighted in Mathematics and Science. A limited program for students with mild learning disabilities has been established.
Prospective students are required to take an admissions examination. Results of the examination and previous academic records are reviewed by the admissions committee. Most U.S. and other international students are given priority for admission testing and will be accepted upon satisfactory passage of the admission examination and compliance with normal registration procedures along with payment of fees.
While English is the official language of the school and encouraged at all times, the use of Spanish among students is common in the hallways and playing fields. Non-Spanish speaking students are required to take a Spanish as a Second Language class.
Student enrollment is approximately 2400 from Nursery through Grade 12. Normal class sizes are 20-25 students to one teacher. The student body is 87% Mexican, 11% U.S., and 2% other. The faculty has 215 teachers and 29 teaching assistants. The faculty is approximately 53% Mexican, 20% U.S. and 27% Canadian.
The American School operates two campuses: the elementary campus which serves approximately 1,300 students from Nursery through Grade Five and a the Middle School (6-9) and High School (grades 10-12) campus for approximately 1100 students.