Welcome to Academia Los Pinares!
We are delighted you are visiting our website to learn more about the unique curriculum, programs, and opportunities that distinguish Academia Los Pinares from the other schools. You will discover a close-knit community where students are nurtured, challenged to develop their God-given gifts, and encouraged to embrace their identity and purpose in Christ as they prepare to serve their community and the world.
As a Christ-centered school, we integrate faith and learning by teaching all subjects from a biblical worldview and by acknowledging that all truth is God’s truth. We believe that all people are made in the image of God, reflect His glory, and have profound value.
As a college-preparatory school, we offer a Honduran and US accredited curriculum that meets or exceeds the admission requirements of the most selective colleges and universities in Honduras and the rest of the world.
Academia Los Pinares students are engaged in a community where lifelong learning is modeled by our faculty and where education is held in high esteem. Our students are participants rather than spectators, and leadership opportunities abound. Please accept our invitation to visit the school and experience the Academia Los Pinares difference.
Academia Los Pinares ha asumido con gran responsabilidad cumplir con su Misión de proveer una excelente educación bilingüe, por lo que todo nuestro programa de clases servidas en idioma español y otras áreas afines a la conducción del proceso académico en nuestros tres niveles: Pre básica, Básica y Media son provistas por docentes con grado de licenciatura en sus diferentes especialidades.
Cada año se asumen desafíos de innovación tecnológica y metodológica, es así como a partir de 2018 se ha incorporado el uso de dos plataformas interactivas para las clases de español, Estudios Sociales y Educación Cívica en el nivel de Educación Básica, proveyendo una experiencia más enriquecedora para nuestros estudiantes en su proceso de aprendizaje. Hemos sido bendecidos con un grupo tan excepcional de docentes hondureños en los que se combinan elementos tan variados e importantes como experiencia e innovación, la seguridad y confianza que representa cada docente que tiene muchos años trabajando con la institución y que se convierten en referentes permanentes para los padres, pero, igualmente la sorpresa de las nuevas propuestas que nos llegan con cada docente nuevo, escogido con gran cuidado y que se integra a la facultad.
Es con enorme gozo y gratitud que Academia Los Pinares existe como una combinación única entre personal americano que aporta tanto a la disciplina e independencia de nuestros estudiantes y la gran calidez y empatía del personal hondureño; estos elementos hacen que pertenecer a la familia Pinares sea un plan nacido en el corazón del Señor para bendecir a Honduras, nuestro amado país.
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Academia Los Pinares was founded in 1964 by Eastern Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities. The goal was to provide education for children of missionaries in Honduras at a boarding school. The school opened its doors to ten missionary children for the first time on January 14, 1964 in a house located in Barrio La Leona in Tegucigalpa. These first ten students were taught by Mennonite missionaries. Mr. Isaac Frederick was both Principal and a teacher along with Ms. Rachel Moler who was the first through third grade teacher.
Within just a year of opening the school, along with it’s students and teachers, were moved to a larger location outside of the capital. The new buildings were located at km14 of the road to La Tigra, a rainforest to the northeast of the capital. The school functioned as a boarding school and was both home and learning center for the students.
By 1970 the school had opened its doors to include students from the local community and expanded its classes to pre-school level. In the early seventies the school added high school correspondence classes and increased the number of students who attended. The school was led by Jerry and Joy Birky, a couple who would play a pivotal role in the history of the school and the lives of its students for the next fifty years. The school was legally incorporated into the Honduran Education system in 1974. This enabled students to graduate with a Honduran Diploma.
On March 14, 1977 the Eastern Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities announced that it would be closing down the school at the end of the 1977-78 school year and that the school facilities would be turned into a rehabilitation center for drug addicts and alcoholics. The mission also indicated that in the event parents and the community wanted to start a similar school they would support the effort. The parents and mission organizations who were part of the community decided to join efforts to keep the school going.
On March 24, 1977 it was agreed upon that the seven founding mission organizations would put up the capital for the school and create a non-profit organization. These founding missions would each send a representative to serve on the board of directors. The representatives and their missions received no remuneration for their investment but the missions would have priority in enrollment for students from their organizations. The original founding missions were: Southern Baptist Missionary Convention, Evangelical Faith Mission, Honduras Baptist Mission, Christian Reformed Mission, Conservative Baptist Mission Association, World Gospel Mission, and the Eastern Mennonite Mission. These missions each invested 3,000 Lempiras to help finance the new school.
In 1978, with the help of parents and friends, the property on which the school now sits was purchased. However, classes were held in a building that was rented for the year. In 1979 the elementary students moved to their new building which is the current preparatory, first and second grade building. The secondary students used space at the Bible Institute, now known as Villa Gracia Retreat Center a few kilometers down the road. 1979 was also an important year for the school as the Honduran government legally recognized the organization as Academia Los Pinares Association. By 1980 the whole school had moved to the current site.
The 80’s were a period of more changes and advancements for the school. In 1982 the school along with other schools in Honduras founded the ABSH (Association of Bilingual Schools of Honduras.) This association was created to allow the schools to collaborate on many issues, including providing opportunities for the schools to hold athletic and academic tournaments for their students. After many years of seeking excellence and improvement in education the school received accreditation in 1984 through SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools), which is now a part of AdvancEd. Academia Los Pinares is among the first schools in Honduras to have been accredited. The school went on to associate themselves in 1985 with ACSI, but didn’t seek accreditation with them until 2006. In 1988 the School also became a member of FENIEPH (National Foundation of Private Educational Institutes in Honduras.)
In 1997 the US Department of State and the Department of Defense evaluated the school and recognized it as a school which meets the academic requirements for schools they recommend for expatriates and employees.
Beginning in 1999 the school board decided to open its doors further allowing for three sections at each grade level. This allowed the student population to grow exponentially over the following 10 years at which time the school hit its peak enrollment number at 836 students. A military coup in the summer of 2009 along with high criminal activity and political unrest in the country began a downward trend in enrollment which has leveled off over the last two years.
Academia Los Pinares is an evangelical nondenominational, interdenominational, nonprofit elementary and secondary educational institution dedicated to the development of the spiritual, mental and physical growth of the students it serves. It promotes a Christian world view as voiced by Christ himself in Matthew 22:37-39. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: love your neighbor as yourself.” Therefore, all subjects that are taught should reflect the primacy of God as well as our responsibility to our neighbor. God’s word should be the guiding, ruling norm in all parts of our lives.
Academia Los Pinares establishes its educational and spiritual goals based on the Word of God as well as the particular needs of the students it serves. It provides biblical instruction and personal guidance that reflect a desire to lead students to personal commitment to God and service to the community and country. The school meets these goals through a high standard of instruction, discipline, example, and life experiences.
Statements of Belief
That the Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God, the only authoritative rule of faith and practice.
The God is the Creator and Sustainer of all things.
In the Trinity: God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
In the deity and virgin birth of Jesus Christ.
In His atoning death and resurrection.
That all people are sinners and in need of salvation (new birth through Jesus Christ).
That salvation comes by grace alone through faith.
That there is eternal life for the believer in heaven and eternal punishment for the unbeliever.
That all Christians belong to the body of Christ, and form part of the Kingdom community which is the church. All Christians are called to live holy lives.
In the bodily resurrection.
That Jesus will come again.
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