For the past 75 years, Escuela Americana has led the way for thousands of students that have walked through its hallways. It is the place that has shaped them, seen them explore, and helped them grow to their full potential. It has been the place where students have made life-long friends that they carry close to their hearts.
This installation visually represents some of the most important events in our school’s history that has allowed EA to become the place where we all
connect, create and explore. We invite you to submerge yourself in this journey through our school’s milestones and learn a little more about EA’s story through the years.
Escuela Americana began operating in February 1944 at Earl and Inez Terzian’s home, the Sagrera residence located on Avenida España, San Salvador.
The teaching method used was the Calvert Method and instruction was in English and Spanish. The school became so successful that a larger group of parents worked together to organize a formal school.
Tuition was used exclusively to pay for teachers’ salaries and educational materials.
This bell was donated to Escuela Americana by the English School that existed at the beginning of the century in Santa Tecla and was no longer operating. It is inscribed with the date of 1926 when it was forged.
The official announcement was published in the “Diario Oficial” with 64 students.
The following official announcement was published in the Diario Oficial on Tuesday, November 19, 1946: “The American School is now created with a technical council of the Interamerican Educational Foundation and the cooperation of the Ministry of Culture”.
The idea of the founders was to create a non-profit institution that would provide a bilingual education to all without distinction.
The goals were to add one grade level each year until reaching K-12, and bring teachers from the United States to teach all English classes.
The land was donated by Compañía Urbanizadora San Benito.
The sketches were donated and designed by the architect Ernesto de Sola. He also supervised the construction of the Elementary School buildings.
This year the PTA was founded.
· 1951 - 1957
1951 The Elementary School was built in Colonia San Benito.
As enrollment continued to increase, additional classrooms were built to accommodate Kinder through 8th grade.
1952 Mr. Paul Becker arrived as Headmaster of the school.
The school rapidly became a multi-national educational institution.
1955 Marked the beginning of plans to expand Escuela Americana to include a high school. This project was completed in 1957. Later, both schools merged to form the present Escuela Americana Association. Since then, Escuela Americana has continued to offer an education based on its original values of commitment to integrity, responsibility, kindness, and courage.
1956 The application for accreditation at Ministerio de Educación for the High School was submitted.
1957 High School began (9th & 10th grades).
The First edition yearbook “Maquilishuat” was created. The name of the yearbook was the result of a contest, proposed by the student Nicole Wolff. The editors of the Maquilishuat yearbook presented the yearbook for the first time in the hope that the memories of each school year will forever bloom in our hearts.
Since this year all Trojans feel proud while toning these notes and lyrics.
· 1960- 1970
1960 The First Commencement Ceremony was held at the Escuela Americana on July 29th of 1960, making it a complete four-year high school. It had grown to over 60 students, and followed the same curriculum as high schools in the United States.
1964 The Elementary School merged with High School, creating Asociación Escuela Americana. The bylaws of Escuela Americana were published.
1969 EA was accredited by SACS: guaranteeing the quality of programs, services, and student support.
1970 The High School building was inaugurated which allowed for more students to enroll.
The first Alumni Association “EXAM” (Ex-Alumnos Escuela Americana) was founded. The Escuela Americana’s Alumni Association was founded with the purpose of fostering unity and the spirit of fellowship among its associates and promoting the development of physical works and other activities for the benefit of the school.
The first board of directors was made up of: Eduardo Vilanova, José Compte, Wallace Rivas A. Victor Steiner, Enzo Giammattei, Oscar Valdéz Iraheta, Connie Ghiringhello de Vieytez, Yolanda Nixon de Rubio, Elizabeth Pelegero Aragón and María Teresa Larkin.
The use of a school uniform was implemented: Girls in Elementary School wore blue jumpers with white blouses and a white blouse and skirt in Middle and High School. Boys in all divisions wore blue trousers and a white shirt and PE uniform consisted of white shorts and a blue top.
· 1994 - 1996
1994 Escuela Americana became a member of the National Association of Independent Schools.
The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) is a nonprofit membership association that provides services to more than 1,900 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad, including more than 1,600 independent private K-12 schools in the U.S.
Independent schools are non-profit private schools that are independent in philosophy: each is driven by a unique mission. They are also independent in the way they are managed and financed: each is governed by an independent board of trustees and each is primarily supported through tuition payments and charitable contributions. They are accountable to their communities and are accredited by state-approved accrediting bodies.
1995 Master Building Plan
1996 On November 1996, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Escuela Americana the New Multipurpose Building was inaugurated.
· 2001 - 2003
2001 First Yearbook published in house at our school’s print shop. Students started taking a class to create their own yearbook as editors.
2003 The Early Childhood Center was inaugurated
The Art Center was inaugurated, a place where art, music and creativity came to life.
The Arts are essential to the development of the whole child. Music, Drama, and Visual Arts are magnificent experiential vehicles for discovering the value of discipline, solidarity, imagination, and teamwork. Starting in Pre-Kinder and continuing through 12th grade, students at EA have numerous opportunities to participate in the Arts: curricular music, drama, visual arts classes, bands and choirs, musicals, art exhibits, drama productions, and talent shows, among others.
Actively learning by doing, students express themselves creatively, take responsibility for their roles, and communicate with an audience. In today’s world that demands instant fulfillment, they discover the satisfaction of working towards mid- and long-range goals and at the same time experience the joy to be found in the connection with the present moment.
STEAM Labs in Elementary and Middle School were built.
These laboratories integrated curriculum from the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics fields, where students develop critical thinking, collaboration, time management skills, among others.
The Fab Lab or Fabrication Lab, was built in Secondary School and it opened its doors as the first digital fabrication laboratory in El Salvador and the first one inside a K-12 school in Central America, being part of the more than 1500 laboratories around the world. This lab is a place where students and teachers of any grade level can make (almost) anything, using digital design, 3D printers, laser cutting and other advanced technological means.
FABLAB LEED GOLD CERTIFICATION
Escuela Americana is a SILVER member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) that through its LEED certifications "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design" seeks to implement sustainable initiatives in all its future constructions and renovations.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most widely used green building classification system in the world. It has been developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient and economical green buildings.
· 2017 - 2018
The Creative Curriculum was implemented in Pre-Kinder 4.
The early childhood years are a special period in the lives of children.
We know that during this time, children begin to trust people outside of their families. They start to gain independence, self-control, learn to take initiative and assert themselves in socially acceptable ways. They become keen observers who experiment to find out what happens when they interact with other people and manipulate materials as their language skills surpass the limited vocabulary and sentence structure of toddlers.
Children experience a well-rounded learning environment that focuses on Literacy, Art, MAth, Music, and Science through play.
Play provides the foundation for academic learning. It is the preparation our students need before learning highly abstract symbols such as letters and numbers.
The Creative Curriculum is based on five fundamental principles:
Positive interactions and relationships with adults provide a critical foundation for successful learning.
Social-emotional competence is a significant factor in school success.
Constructive, purposeful play supports essential learning.
The physical environment affects the type and quality of learning interactions.
Teacher-family partnerships promote development and learning.
Pre Kinder 3 was added to the program, making our youngest Trojans 3-year-olds!
The goal was to build a firm foundation for our students’ future success in academic learning as well as preparation for the more formal elements of schooling through English instruction, socialization, and motor skills.
The COVID-19 world-wide pandemic impacted the way school was taught and Escuela Americana had to close in-person classes, pivoting to virtual classes for one entire year. EA led the way and purchased a world class learning platform called Brightspace, allowing for students to receive their classes in a complete virtual environment.
Brightspace is a very intuitive and easy-to-use learning platform that allows all of our teachers to hold their classes in a more interactive format.
In our Brightspace classrooms students are exposed to thinking, creating and learning as they always have at EA. Our platform is designed for optimal teaching and learning and also gives parents great access to see what is happening in their child’s classroom.
We are proud to offer this wonderful learning system to our community.
Multipurpose Gym Extension.
During the event of the National Environment Award 2020 Edition, of the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources of El Salvador, Escuela Americana received a special mention recognition in the category of good environmental practices in the construction sector for the design and expansion of its Multipurpose Gymnasium as well as for all the sustainable initiatives implemented throughout its campus.
OPAMSS AWARD 2020, Category HAUS (Sustainable Urban Habitats) Subcategory Design. Recently, Escuela Americana was recognized by OPAMSS for implementing sustainable design guidelines in construction projects. This recognition led the institution to win the 2020 OPAMSS Design Award for the renovation of the Gym in the HAUS category. This award is in line with the initiatives of the strategic plan to improve your facilities in an ecological way, reducing the impact on the environment and creating a sustainable facility.
2021 EA launched a new mission. After 75 years, a board-led committee revised the school mission and after surveys and numerous interviews with alumni, parents and faculty members, EA was able to put into three simple words what we stand for.
For a whole life: connect, create, explore
To celebrate its 75th anniversary, EA launches its first-ever Excellence Annual Fund, a fundraising campaign that runs yearly to raise funds for projects that benefit our students and brings the entire EA Community together.
Celebrate by giving!
In the fall of 2022, the new Athletic Building will be ready. The second floor will be a Fitness Center with top-of-the-line equipment for students to use and train during PE Class and to be used after school for competitive sport.
The Fitness Center will also be open to parents, alumni, and staff in the early mornings and evenings.
We stand proud of our past and look forward to the future.
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