1. Does Balboa Academy follow an International Calendar?
Yes. Our school year starts at the beginning of August and ends in Mid-June. Please click the link for the SY2017-2018 Academic Calendar. Calendar SY17-18
2. What is the policy for children that transfer from a school with a different calendar?
As per MEDUCA policy, students must continue on in the same grade level and will be promoted to the next grade level the following school year.
3. Is Balboa Academy a bilingual school?
No. The language of the Balboa Academy campus is English. Since students and faculty use English for all aspects of correspondence, instruction and assessment, English language proficiency is an important consideration. A student admitted to Balboa Academy must demonstrate proficiency in the English language or the potential for becoming proficient in a brief period of time, such as not to exceed one academic year. We do not offer an ESL program.
4. What are the school hours?
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:
Grades Kindergarten-12 (8:00-2:55)
5. Why is the Wednesday schedule shorter?
Wednesday afternoons teachers participate in meetings, professional development, and planning.
6. What are the class sizes?
PK: 8 classrooms with a maximum of 12 students per class
K: 3 classrooms with a maximum of 20 students per class
1-2: 3 classrooms with a maximum of 21 students per class
3-5: 3 classrooms with a maximum of 22 students per class
6: Students rotate between 3 different classrooms with a maximum of 25 students per class
7-12: Students rotate between 7 classrooms with a maximum of 25 students per class.
7. What are the Tuition and Fees?
Please click here to see SY2017-2018 tuition and fees.
8. What about Financial Aid?
Please keep in mind that scholarships, either partial or full, are not awarded to students in their first academic year at Balboa Academy.
9. How does Balboa Academy determine grade placement?
Generally, placement in grade levels will be by age as of the first day of school of the academic year. For example, PK3 students must be 3 years old on or before August 3, 2017 for the SY2017-2018.
Parents applying with school transcripts or records from outside of Panama should have those validated through the Ministry of Foreign Relations (Embassy of the Country of Origin) and the Panamanian Ministry of Education (MEDUCA) to officially assign entering grade placement.
10. Does Balboa Academy offer any transportation services?
Bus service is provided to the following areas by TRANES PANAMA, S.A. Please click the link for more information: Bus Service*Bus service is available for students participating in after-school activities.
11. Does Balboa Academy offer a lunch program?
Our current facilities do not have a kitchen, however, lunch is catered daily by la Taberna del Canal. Parents may pre-order from their monthly menu or contact them at 301-1954. Students may also bring food from home. There is a dining area in each school building. High School students may visit “La Plaza” food court across the street from Balboa Academy with parent permission.
12. Do Students wear uniforms?
Yes, as mandated by Panama’s Ministry of Education. Uniforms are sold at the Galapagos store in San Francisco, Calle 71.
13. What sort of after school activities does Balboa Academy offer?
Our after-school program has grown in scope, as we are increasingly able to provide a wide variety of activities (within the areas of athletics, academics, and the arts) to our entire student base. Our after-school program offerings change each quarter and after school activities get underway the week after each quarter begins.
14. What is “Advanced Placement (AP)?
“Advanced Placement” (AP) is a program of college-level courses. Courses are available in many subject areas, including English, history, humanities, languages, math, psychology and science. AP classes don’t just earn you high school credit. You may also earn college credit if you take an AP exam at the end of the course AND earn a score of at least three (3) on a scale of one (1) to five (5). Colleges and universities consider a score of three (3) an indicator of your ability to do successful college work.