Mission

The Oxford School is committed to the fulfillment of the goals of the National Curriculum of England and the University of Cambridge International Examinations, dynamic programs of international relevance and recognition. We educate students of all backgrounds, beliefs, cultures and abilities to pursue academic excellence in an environment of understanding, cooperation, tolerance and constant effort.

Vision

As pioneers in contemporary educational systems and planning, The Oxford School will be in the vanguard of educational, technological and cultural development on a global level. We will expand our reach to serve as an academic benchmark and dedicate our resources to raising academic standards around the world. We will respond to the needs of change and promote continuing education so our students will always be prepared.

History

In 1983 The Oxford School began as a small language school in Panama City offering English as a Second Language courses to students and professionals. The creation of this institution was motivated by the country´s need to acquire the English language.The Oxford School first opened in 1984, in the heart of Panama´s banking sector close to Via España. Later, in 1990, the school expanded to include a regular school programme opening Pre Kinder, Kinder and 1st grade in purposely-adapted premises in Punta Paitilla.In 1992, due to popular demand, The Oxford School opened its first branch in Santiago de Veraguas. That same year, the school´s director, together with his three associates, dedicated their efforts to the research and development of a contemporary international curriculum resulting in the adoption of the National Curriculum of England.

In 1999, aware of the need to unify criteria and consolidate goals with views to expand, The Oxford School opened its new, more modern building situated in Edison Park in Via Transistmica.

Today, the new school caters to more than 900 students, many of whom have shown great promise for the future in the areas of Science and Business Administration.

In 2001, The Oxford School introduced a new element of international contemporary education to its secondary school programme by means of the University of Cambridge International Examinations. The Oxford School is now a fully authorized testing center for these internationally recognized examinations.

 

Programmes

The National Curriculum of England is the result of study and research into contemporary curriculum design that lasted over 25 years. It was designed by a group of experts commissioned by the Departmentfor Education and Skills of England whose objective was to compile information about the requirements of universities and public and private enterprise to develop an academic programme which offers students the tools which they really need to be efficient, effective and competitive in their future endeavours.

The Oxford School has adopted this academic plan and implements it under the guidance of professional English scholars who maintain our personnel permanently up-to-date in the methodology, content and goals of The National Curriculum.

Our academic programme is recognized as one of the most modern and advanced of its kind on a global level and, based on the precepts of The National Curriculum of England, it has become the most efficient and effective system of bilingual education.

The National Curriculum of England www.nc.uk.net

 

Raising standards in education is the primary purpose of The Oxford School. For this reason, we have adopted the IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education), which was implemented by the University of Cambridge in England in 1988, and the AICE (Advanced International Certificate of Education) which was introduced in 1994. These are consecutive programmes in The Oxford School covering the last four years of secondary school from 9th to 12th grades. We were officially recognized as a centre for the University of Cambridge International Examinations in 2001 and have offered these examinations to our students since that time.

The IGCSE is a programme of study that lasts two years (9th and 10th grades). Its principal goal is to prepare students for success in academic or professional ventures and it has been implemented in international and local community schools in over 100 countries worldwide. In some countries the IGCSE satisfies the entry requirements to university; in others it is used primarily as preparation for well-known programmes of advanced education such as the International A Level, the International Baccalaureate and the United States Advanced Placement Courses.

AICE is a high-quality programme in English which prepares students for university programmes around the world. To qualify for the diploma, students are required to study subjects from three academic areas: Mathematics and Science, Languages and Humanities. The AICE programme directly follows the IGCSE programme in The Oxford School and allows students to adjust their studies to suit their interests, abilities and future plans within the framework of an international curriculum.

The AICE programme is recognized in over 40 countries and is accredited in more than 140 universities in the USA and Canada. The majority of these universities offer university credits for students who complete the diploma successfully.

 

Calendar for the 2013 school year

FIRST TERM – February 25th to May 24th
Induction Day – Beginning of the 2013 School Year
Students must come in regular school uniform accompanied by their parents from 8:00a.m. to 11:30a.m.  / El estudiante debe asistir debidamente uniformado acompañado de sus padres en horario de 8:00a.m. a 11:30a.m.
Preschool  – Monday, February 25th
Primary school  – Tuesday, February 26th
Secondary school  – Wednesday, February 27th

 

Term Break: May 27th – 31st
SECOND TERM – June 3rd to August 30th

  • Open Day:  Sunday, June 30th
  • National Congress for Excellence: July 18 & 19, Hotel El Panama
  • Term Break: September 2nd – 6th

THIRD TERM – September 9th to December 13th

  • School Play – Robin Hood: November 29th & 30th
  • Graduation ceremonies: Monday, December 16th

Registration process for 2014

Memorandum

Date:                           June 10th, 2013

From:                          Principal’s Office

To:                              Parents

Subject:                     Enrollment Policy for the 2014 school year

 

 

This is to inform you that, as? in previous years, the following procedures for enrollment for the 2014 school year will be implemented as of the date of this memorandum in order to protect the priority of our present students and control enrollment numbers effectively.

  1. Our official enrollment period for the 2014 school year opens on June 10th, 2013.
  2. Current students are required to reserve their places for 2014 at the school between June 10th and July 31st. This must be accomplished by means of a minimum deposit of $150.00 which will be deducted from the total enrollment fee for the following year.
  3. Parents or legal guardians must come to our school to make this initial deposit and to sign the Contract for Teaching Services.
  4. New students will be evaluated for placement and registered as from August 1st, 2013.
  5. If a student withdraws before the end of the enrollment period (before November 30th) and no longer wishes to reserve the space for the next school year, the initial deposit may be credited to the student´s account until November 30th. Notification of withdrawal must be made in writing. If the student decides to withdraw after November 30th or does not notify in writing before this date, any amount paid will be forfeited.
  6. The full enrollment fee must be cancelled no later than November 30th, 2013Should an old student complete the enrollment process after this date and be granted a place, he/she will be obliged to comply with the payment scheme devised for students enrolling for the first time.
  7. Places will not be guaranteed unless this initial minimum payment is made and unless the total amount due is paid in full on or before the stipulated date, regardless of the student’s status. Full priority will be given to our current students during this period (from June 10th to July 31st ). After this time both old and new students will be allocated places on a first-come, first-served basis and in accordance with our Enrollment Policy until places are filled. However, preference will be given to the following:
    1. Students who have brothers or sisters at the school.
    2. Students who show satisfactory academic performance.
    3. Students and families with positive attitudes towards the school and its activities.
    4. Students with determined special needs and Individual Education Plans.
    5. Students with identified talents.
  8. Special needs or considerations should be addressed in writing to our Collections Department. Attention will be given to all written requests in the order in which they arrive. They will be granted or denied by the Board of Directors only.

 

The Oxford School is unable to keep places for students who have not complied with the enrollment procedure.

 

Please contact us at 321-3800/01 (reception desk) or 321-3824 (collections department) for further information on how to reserve your place and information regarding payments for the 2014 school year, which has undergone certain changes.

 

If you have already enrolled your ward for next year, please ignore this memorandum.

 

Thank you for your attention.