Back in 2009, the San Juan del Sur Day School was a 1/2 day preschool for children aged 2 to 4 years. Over the last several years we’ve watched it blossom into a quality, international school educating kids from 18 months to 9 years in levels Pre-K thru 4th grade.
The teaching faculty is highly qualified and diverse, with teachers regularly putting in extra hours to re-decorate classrooms, paint playground equipment and develop new, inspiring curriculums. The student body is growing – both in age and in the number of students per class. A Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) was formed in March 2014 to strengthen commitment and collaboration between families and staff. And plans for the construction of a new campus are underway. No matter how you measure the history of this school, it’s growing.
In the words of Founder and Director Julie Speier:
The mission at San Juan del Sur Day School is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and compassionate young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through understanding and respect. SJdS Day School encourages students to become caring and lifelong learners through a curriculum designed for inquiry, critical thinking, open mindedness, cultural understanding and sustainability.
What most people don’t realize is that in addition to providing a quality education to the children of families who can afford enrollment, the school also provides scholarships for local children in the community whose parents simply don’t have the money to send them.
The school currently provides scholarships to 28% of their students. But there are several more children on the waiting list – eager, qualified students who want to obtain a high quality English education to improve the opportunities and connections for their future. The school’s goal is to provide 50% of their students with scholarships based upon need. To do this they need help to secure additional funding.
One of the students currently in need of a scholarship is Patrick, age 8 (pictured here). Comunidad Connect enrolled Patrick in the school just over a year ago. In that short time, he’s attained a proficient grasp of the English language and become an integral member of the day school community.
Translated from Spanish, Patrick’s father, Alfredo, had this to say about his son’s learning experience.
“Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to learn English but it wasn’t within my parents’ reach. Now, I’m a single father of three beautiful boys, Patrick, Nick, and Alfredo. I wanted Patrick to learn English. I knew he would love it. He’s always been enthusiastic about. He used to tell me, ever since he was really little, that when I was ancient and he was big he would take care of me and his brothers because he would earn a lot of money because he would speak English. As a father my wish is that he learns this incredibly valuable tool, English and that he triumphs and becomes a professional, a person who looks out for others and is a credit to his society, and is a respected bilingual…I know that soon he’ll master English. I’m so proud of him. Good teachers and teaching are the foundation of everything.”
At San Juan Live we’ve been able to watch first hand how this school has transformed the lives of the students, their families, the teachers and the surrounding community. The continued steady growth of enrollment and expansion of this school is key to a healthy community. So we’re encouraging our followers to consider making a contribution. We realize there are many worthy causes in this country. We just want to make sure everyone knows that the scholarship program at the San Juan del Sur Day School is one of them.
We think growing pains are a good thing.
To make learn more about the school or making a donation, visit the school website here.