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  • Email: oxford@ois.edu.pa
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School Profile
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  • 2016 – Oxford International School
  • CEEB code: 882199
  • Telephone: +507.3087100/+507.2656422
  • Fax: +507.265.7446
  • Website: www.ois.edu.pa
  • Email: oxford@ois.edu.pa
  • P.O. Box: 0831-01996
  • Director: Patricia Palm
  • Deputy Director: Abi De Castro
Community and School
 
  • Oxford International School serves the educational needs of San Francisco and the rest of Panama City. Located in one of the country’s fastest growing areas, OIS enjoys a diversified economic base and a culturally diverse population consisting of students with Hispanic, afro-Panamanian, Amerindian, and Asian background.
Mission
 
  • OIS inspires learners to reach high academic standards and act with honesty and integrity to become proactive world citizens.
Background
 
  • Founded in March 1987 with a student body of 12 preschoolers, Oxford International School began operations during the difficult political and financial crises Panama faced. The Panamanian educational system had deteriorated due to unsuccessful attempts to reform the educational curriculum, and our school was the concrete response to fill that void.
  • Steadily, more Panamanian families became part of the OIS family, for they too believed that bilingual education is a key element of professional success in the globalized era, and in 1997 the first senior class graduated receiving a high school diploma in Science and Arts. Currently, OIS enrolls 1264 students in grades PK-12.
Admission
  • Admission is open to students of all backgrounds and learning styles depending on availability of space. Students admitted to OIS from 1st grade and above must demonstrate proficiency in the English language or the potential to become proficient.
Accreditation
  • Oxford International School is authorized by the Ministry of Education of Panama and accredited by AdvancED until June, 2020.
Curriculum
 
Preschool
  • Teaching and Assessing for Learning: the school´s curriculum, instructional design, and assessment practices guide and ensure teacher effectiveness and student learning.
Elementary School
  • The elementary program provides children the opportunity to explore the world in the areas of mathematics, computer science, language arts, community life, family values, and the arts. The program aims to build in students a sense of independence and self-worth. Moral and values, language arts, arts, mathematics, science, and technology are taught in English; while Spanish, social studies, and physical education are taught in Spanish.
ELEMENTARY
AREAS SUBJECTS 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH 5TH 6TH
HUMANITIES Spanish 5 5 5 5 5 5
  Moral and Values 5 5 5 5 5 5
  Social Studies 5 5 5 5 5 5
  Language Arts 5 5 5 5 5 5
  Arts 5 5 5 5 5 5
SCIENCE Mathematics 5 5 5 5 5 5
  Science 5 5 5 5 5 5
  Physical Education 5 5 5 5 5 5
TECHNOLOGY Technology 5 5 5 5 5 5
SUBTOTAL   5 5 5 5 5 5
STUDY HALL   5 5 5 5 5 5
OPTIONAL SUBJECTS   5 5 5 5 5 5
TOTAL   45 45 45 45 45 45
High School
  • Upon graduating, our high school students receive a Science high school diploma, enabling them to pursue diverse career paths. Our curriculum includes analytical-mathematical and linguistic courses, with technology also being an essential part of our educational program. Moral and values, English, arts, mathematics, science, technology, biology, chemistry, physics, and project management are taught in English; while Spanish, history, geography, civics, physical education, fine arts, ethic and values, government, logic, and philosophy are taught in Spanish.
MIDDLE SCHOOL
AREAS SUBJECTS 7TH 8TH 9TH
HUMANITIES Spanish 5 5 5
  Moral and Values 5 5 5
  Social Studies 5 5 5
  Language Arts 5 5 5
  Arts 5 5 5
SCIENCE Mathematics 5 5 5
  Science 5 5 5
  Physical Education 5 5 5
TECHNOLOGY Technology 5 5 5
SUBTOTAL   5 5 5
STUDY HALL   5 5 5
OPTIONAL SUBJECTS   5 5 5
TOTAL   45 45 45
HIGH SCHOOL
AREAS SUBJECTS 10TH 11TH 12TH
HUMANITIES Spanish 5 5 5
  Moral and Values 5 5 5
  Social Studies 5 5 5
  Language Arts 5 5 5
  Arts 5 5 5
SCIENCE Mathematics 5 5 5
  Science 5 5 5
  Physical Education 5 5 5
TECHNOLOGY Technology 5 5 5
SUBTOTAL   5 5 5
STUDY HALL   5 5 5
OPTIONAL SUBJECTS   5 5 5
TOTAL   45 45 45
Extracurricular Activities
 
  • Dance (jazz, Charleston, tap, ballet)
  • Robotics
  • Music (guitar, keyboards)
  • Plastic arts
  • Team sports (soccer, basketball)
  • Individual sports (karate)
  • Clubs (debate, math, chess)
  • SAT preparation