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2017 – Oxford International School

CEEB code: 882199

Telephone: +507.3087100

Fax: +507.265.7446

Website: www.ois.edu.pa

Email: oxford@ois.edu.pa

P.O. Box: 0831-01996

 

Director: Patricia Palm

Administrative Director: Laureen Fonseca

 

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 1376 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 (North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI)—and expanded through the addition of the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC), until June, 2020.

 

CURRICULUM

 

Preschool

In preschool, OIS offers an English immersion program based on the belief that children are often able to learn a foreign language with ease if they begin at an early age. Preschool students work in small groups and teachers care to the children’s needs. The integrated curriculum focuses on activities that foster listening, comprehension, oral skills, and vocabulary development.

 

 

 

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

HUMANITIES

Spanish

5

5

5

5

Moral and Values

2

2

2

2

Social Studies

2

2

2

2

English

12

12

12

12

Art

3

3

3

3

SCIENCE

Mathematics

5

5

5

5

Science

5

5

5

5

Physical Education

2

2

2

2

TECHNOLOGY

Technology

2

2

2

2

SUBTOTAL

38

38

38

38

ACADEMIC SUPPORT PERIOD

5

5

5

5

ROTATION

2

2

2

2

TOTAL

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

5TH

6TH

7TH

8TH

 

HUMANITIES

Spanish

5

5

5

5

 

 

Moral and Values

2

2

2

2

 

 

Social Studies

2

2

 

 

 

 

Geography

 

 

2

2

 

 

History

 

 

2

2

 

 

Civics

 

 

1

1

 

 

Language Arts

12

12

9

9

 

 

Arts

3

3

4

4

 

 

SCIENCE

Mathematics

5

5

5

5

 

 

Science

5

5

4

4

 

 

Physical Education

2

2

2

2

 

 

TECHNOLOGY

Technology

2

2

2

2

 

 

SUBTOTAL

38

38

38

38

 

 

ACADEMIC SUPPORT PERIOD

5

5

5

5

 

 

ROTATION

2

2

2

2

 

 

TOTAL

45

45

45

45

 

 

 


HIGH SCHOOL

 

AREAS

SUBJECTS

9TH

10TH

11TH

12TH

 

HUMANITIES

Spanish

5

5

5

5

 

Geography

2

2

 

 

 

Geography of Panamá

 

 

2

 

 

Human, Economic, and Political Geography

 

 

 

2

 

Modern and Post-Modern History

2

2

 

 

 

History of Panamá

 

 

2

 

 

History of US and Panama's Relations

 

 

 

3

 

Moral and Values

2

 

 

 

 

Ethic and Values

 

2

 

 

 

Fine Arts

4

 

2

 

 

Civics

 1

 

 

2

 

Logic and Philosophy

 

 

 

2

 

English

9

9

8

8

 

SCIENCE

Mathematics

5

5

5

5

 

Science

4

 

 

 

 

Biology

 

4

5

4

 

Chemistry

 

4

5

5

 

Physics

 

4

5

5

 

Physical Education

2

2

2

 

 

TECHNOLOGY

Technology

2

4

2

 

 

Management and F. and E. of Projects

 

 

 

2

 

SUBTOTAL

38

 

43

43

 

ACADEMIC SUPPORT PERIOD

5

 

 

 

 

ELECTIVE PERIOD/ROTATION

2

2

2

2

 

TOTAL

45

45

45

45

 

               

 

Starting on elementary school, students take eight 45-minute classes daily. All classes are year-long.

 

GRADING AND RANKING

 

Starting on first grade, the minimum grade is 1.0 and the maximum grade is 5.0, with the minimum passing grade being 3.0. Students are ranked according to their unweighted GPA based on a 5.0 scale. In order to graduate, students are required to take all subjects laid out in the academic program. In addition, each student must complete an 80-hour community service graduation requirement at the beginning of their junior year. Grades are recorded on the transcript and GPA is computed at the end of each trimester.

 

A - Excellent

90-100

4.5 - 5.0

B - Above average

80-89

4.0 - 4.4

C - Average

70-79

3.5 - 3.9

D - Below average

60-69

3.0 - 3.4

F - Failure

59 or below

1.0 - 2.9

 

 

Class of 2016

 

There were 47 graduates in the Class of 2015.

  • 9 earned a 4.5+
  • 11 earned 4.0–4.4
  • 27 earned 3.0–3.9

 

 

 

Extracurricular Activities

  • Dance (jazz, Charleston, tap, ballet)
  • Robotics
  • Music (guitar, keyboards)
  • Plastic arts
  • School Band

 

 

  • Team sports (soccer, basketball)
  • Individual sports (karate)
  • Clubs (debate, math, chess)
  • SAT preparation

 

 

Colleges Attended by OIS Graduates from the Last Four Years

 

 

  • Boston University
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • Florida State University
  • Instituto Marangoni
  • Les Roches International School of Hotel Management
  • McGill University
  • National Taiwan University
  • Northeastern University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Purdue University
  • Tel Aviv University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Universidad Argentina de la Empresa
  • Universidad de Buenos Aires
  • Universidad de Panamá
  • Universidad Especializada de las Américas
  • Universidad Interamericana de Panamá
  • Universidad Latina de Panamá
  • Universidad Santa María La Antigua
  • Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Evansville
  • University of Louisville
  • ISTHMUS - Architectural and Design School for Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Arizona State University
  • Institut Paul Bocous
  • The International Panama Hotel School
  • Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology
  • National Tsing Hua Taiwan
  • New York University Shangai
  • Thompson Rivers University
  • ADEN International Business School

 

 

Contact Information

Michelle Smith

Student Services Director

msmith@ois.edu.pa

+507.308.7100 ext. 7121