The vision of Academia Los Pinares is to train children in the way they should go through caring, high quality, bilingual instruction and a U.S. and Honduran curricular program, that the lives of the teachers, administrators, and fellow students would inspire the students to grow to be adults and leaders who live to honor God with all their hearts, souls, and minds. (Proverbs 22:6, Luke 10:27)
Academia Los Pinares is committed to providing an excellent bilingual education, offering both U.S. and Honduran accredited curriculum from a Christian Biblical perspective, working to meet the educational needs of missionary, expatriate, and Honduran children while seeking to develop the whole person for the glory of God. We desire to prepare each student spiritually, academically, physically, psychologically, and socially to be responsible to God and humankind. (Proverbs 22:6)
Academia Los Pinares was founded in 1964 by the Eastern Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities as a boarding school for missionary children. Through God’s blessing the school has grown from a small mission school of 50 students to a Christian bilingual school of over 800 students. A governing board consisting of representatives from 5 different Christian mission organizations oversees the school today.
Location and Facilities
ALP is situated outside of Tegucigalpa in the mountain community of El Hatillo. The school facilities are pleasantly surrounded by native pine trees, for which it was named. Facilities include a gymnasium, soccer field, covered outdoor sport court, library, auditorium, computer labs, playgrounds, and 54 classrooms, including science lab classrooms for biology, chemistry and physics.
Enrollment for the 20010-11 school year is at a total of 803 students. Our student body currently is comprised of 88% Honduran nationals and 12% non-Honduran expatriates. ALP has an average of 20 students per class.
The school maintains accreditation with AdvancED (SACS), a U.S. accrediting agency for schools and colleges, and is accredited with the Association of Christian Schools International. ALP is a member of the Association of Bilingual Schools of Honduras and offers the Honduran Bachillerato in Sciences and Letters as established by the Honduran Ministry of Education.
The faculty of ALP consists of 89 highly devoted and caring teachers and administrators, 63 from the U.S. or Canada and 26 from Honduras.
Students may participate in extracurricular activities including track, basketball, soccer, volleyball, student council, chess club, praise band, guitar, band, and choir for grades 7 through 12. Upper elementary students may take part in Challenge Club, a Christian youth club.
Students yearly are given the Stanford 10 standardized test, which compares their achievement to students in the United States. Standardized test scores from 1999-2010 place our grade 9-11 students 15% above the U.S. national averages. SAT scores for Academia Los Pinares students are on an average 36 points above the U.S. national combined score averages for college bound seniors.
Calendar and Schedule
The scholastic year normally begins in mid-August, breaks at Christmas for 2 to 3 weeks, and finishes the third week of June. The school year normally consists of 184 school days. The school day begins at 7:25 and ends by 2:40.
Mr. Gene Smith
Mrs. Cathy Bert
Mr. Josué Lopez
ALP Class of 2010 List of Colleges to Attend and Scholarships Awarded to Graduates
• Cornerstone University, scholarship awarded
• Florida State University
• Georgetown, scholarship awarded
• Georgia State University, scholarship awarded
• La Salle University
• Lindenwood University, scholarship awarded
• Louisiana State University, scholarship awarded
• Mercyhurst College, scholarship awarded
• Messiah College, scholarship awarded
• Michigan State University, scholarship awarded
• Middle Tennessee State University
• National Taiwan Normal University, scholarship awarded
• Notre Dame University of Lebanon
• Regent University
• St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, scholarship awarded
• Trinity University, scholarship awarded
• Universidad Católica
• University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
• University of Miami
• University of Minnesota
• University of Mississippi, scholarship awarded
Other Plans of ALP Class of 2010 Graduates
• AFS Intercultural Programs
• International Doorway Soccer Program