Academia International Opens

By Halfrid Nelson Underhill, photo by Ri Anderson

At 8am last Monday, August 20, the massive wood doors of Academia Internacional de San Miguel de Allende swung open and welcomed over 200 students for their first day of classes. After over 3 years in development, the Academia is offering grades Kinder through 10th grade this year and will offer full K-12 by 2014.

The curriculum is based on International Baccalaureate Standards, Dual Language Immersion on Project Based learning. You can learn more about these exciting programs at

The Academia values the quality of life for all members of the community and recognizes that exemplary education is essential for supporting healthy, prosperous and peaceful communities. The mission is to prepare students for success by providing an excellent international education that encompasses rigorous academics, personal development and a strong focus on global citizenship and environmental stewardship.

“We are so proud and pleased to add the Academia to the educational opportunities in San Miguel and to provide world class education for generations to come,” said Kim Thomas, President of the Board of Directors of the non-profit foundation overseeing the school.

As a goal from the beginning of the project, the student population mirrors San Miguel with 70 percent of the students of Mexican descent and 30 percent represent families from around the world. With the tuition being extremely competitive with other schools in San Miguel, it is attracting families from across the spectrum of economic levels.

Principal, Annette Rickert Smith and Academic Director, Dr. Lore Carrera-Carrillo have a combined fifty years of experience as teachers, administrators, trainers, and consultants. “The opportunity for us to be part of this historic project is truly a thrilling culmination of our careers.” The International teaching staff of twenty-two come from nine different countries and 40 percent have master degrees. Along with the teachers, the Academia has specialists in the fields of Athletics, Performing Arts and Environmental Studies who work with the entire student body.

With Smart Boards in each classroom and lap tops for each four student learning group, the Academia is one of the most sophisticated technological schools in all of Mexico, at any level. To enrich the lives of its students, the Academia has a robust after school program including sports, visual and performing arts, creative writing, chess, cooking, science and more.

The Academia is pleased to have scholarship children enrolled year one and will be expanding its numbers each year. They will announce scholarship guidelines and application process for next year in December.

Located at Stirling Dickinson 2 and 4, the campus includes grade level classrooms for grades K-6th and specialty classrooms for mathematics, humanities, literature and science for 7-10. In addition, there is a performing arts sala, science and environmental studies laboratories, multi-use sports plaza, organic garden and more.

You can reach the administrative office at 415-152-3235.


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