International School of Panama (ISP) is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational day school, which offers a college preparatory program from prekindergarten to grade 12. With 28 years of experience running a world-class IB program, ISP has the longest established Diploma Program in the country with the widest variety of course offerings.
Organization: ISP has four separate divisions: early childhood, elementary, middle school, and high school. A board of directors comprised of nine members governs the school for three-year terms. Members of the association elect five of these members, and the board of directors appoints four. Association membership is automatically conferred upon the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the school. The board delegates operational authority to the School Director.
Curriculum: The curriculum at ISP is designed to offer a diverse and modern educational program to both the expatriate and host-country students who are residents in Panama. Except for Spanish language classes and specific requirements for those students who wish to pursue a Panamanian program diploma, instruction is in English. The elementary curriculum stresses skill development, is inquiry based, and uses internationally recognized standards. The middle school program is designed to refine these skills in the context of increasingly sophisticated content, while catering to the developmental needs of pre-adolescents. The high school offers a highly academic, college preparatory program leading to an IB diploma, ISP high school diploma, and/or Panamanian diploma. The school provides services for students learning English as an additional language and promotes inclusion, diversity, equity, and social justice in the life of the school. ISP operates under a license granted by the Ministry of Education of Panama and is accredited by Cognia (formerly AdvancED). ISP is also an authorized IBO World School, offering the IB program to students in grades 11 and 12
Faculty: The school employs 186 faculty members comprised of 137 teachers, 4 principals, 3 assistant principals, 6 counselors, 5 instructional coaches, 2 librarians, 26 learning assistants, an Athletics Director, IB Coordinator, and Innovation and Technology Coordinator who represent 22 different nationalities.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment was 1,144 with (532 students in elementary school, 256 in middle school, and 354 in high school).
Facilities: The school is located on 9.6 hectares of beautiful tropical land in a suburb of Panama City. It has 95 air-conditioned classrooms, an elementary library, and middle/high school media center. The campus has complete WiFi coverage, two computer labs, one MAC lab for graphic design, three STEM labs, three art rooms, three music rooms, and five science laboratories. The school also has two large air-conditioned gymnasium/multipurpose facilities, three outdoor covered basketball courts, three soccer fields , a running track, a swimming pool, three covered tennis courts, two cafeterias, and a performing arts center for 550 guests with staff parking, student parking, and a bus depot for the safe arrival and dismissal of students.
Finances: The International School of Panama is a not-for-profit educational institution that reinvests all income from tuition and fees into its programs and infrastructure. Annual tuition rates for the 2020-2021 school year are as follows: PK3: USD $9,424; PK4 – grade 5: USD $14,393; grades 6-8: USD $15,789; and grades 9-12: USD $17,852. The school charges a one-time capital donation of USD $16,000 and additional fees for registration and special programs such as the International Baccalaureate.
Information and statistics are current as of September 2020 and are provided by the school.