Asociación Escuelas Lincoln (Lincoln, the American International School of Buenos Aires) is a private, coeducational day school which offers an academic program from Preschool (age 4) through Grade 12 for students of all nationalities (45 this year). The school was founded in 1936. The school year consists of semesters beginning in early August to late December and from early February to mid-June; within this calendar, the year is divided into three trimesters.
Organization: Asociación Escuelas Lincoln is a nonprofit organization, governed by a 12-member Board of Governors, is officially recognized by the Argentine Provincial Ministry of Education and is income and value added tax-exempt under Argentine law. The school is accredited by the New England Association of Colleges and Schools (NEASC) as well as the International Baccalaureate (IBO).
Curriculum: Subjects offered include language arts, math, science, social studies from K4 through grade 12, and are based on U.S. standards, such as the Common Core standards. The national program is accredited by the Argentine system from Kindergarten to grade 12. The International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma is offered as optional. Spanish is taught in all grade levels. Portuguese is taught as a foreign language in high school. Instruction is also given in art, choir, band, drama, film animation, yearbook/publications, physical education, and digital applications. There is a strong counseling program in each division, as well as a college counseling program in the high school. Attention to physical, social and emotional well-being is important throughout the school. The school offers a learning support program and accepts students with special needs, depending on the school’s ability to adequately meet those special needs. There is extensive support for English-for-language-learners (ELL), with specialist staff dedicated to this work. Among the extracurricular activities offered are tennis, ballet, jazz, soccer, swimming, Taekwondo, volleyball, and basketball. The school also offers local and international sport trips as well as curricular field trips. Most of the graduates go on to colleges and universities in the United States.
Faculty: In the 2020-2021 school year, there are 121 full-time and 5 part-time faculty members.
Enrollment: For the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment is 563 (PK-grade 5: 234; grades 6-8: 131; and grades 9-12: 198).
Facilities: The elementary and middle schools are housed in a large building that includes 70 classrooms and a library, as well as a computer lab and art room for each school, and a drop-in center. The middle school also has three science labs and two PC labs. The high school is housed in a purpose-built facility that has 27 classrooms, an Aula Magna theater, a library, four science labs, two computer labs, two music rooms, and an art center. Additional school facilities include a Wellness Center (with three registered nurses), playgrounds, three playing fields and an athletic track, a recently remodeled cafeteria, a theater, an auditorium, and a covered swimming pool, which has been refurbished last year. The gym, built in 2006, has a professional basketball court with retractable bleachers, a fitness center, offices, changing rooms, and an underground parking lot with an 80-car capacity.
Finances: In the 2020-2021 school year, about 90% of the School’s income derives from tuition and fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK4: $14,990; K5: $20,460; grades 1-5: $26,780; grades 6-8: $27,960; and grades 9-12: $30,960, mostly payable by the semester in advance, in U.S. dollars or Argentine pesos. There is also a one-time capital assessment fee of $12,000. All students (excluding students in PK4 and K5) are charged an annual matriculation fee of $2,678 for grades 1-5; $2,796 for grades 6-8; and $3,096 for grades 9-12. (All fees quoted in U.S. dollars.)
Information and statistics are current as of October 2020 and are provided by the school.