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American School of Durango

Website: http://www.cadurango.mx/ Tel: +52 (618) 813-3636 CEEB Code: 870140

Preeschool Coordinator: Velia Santiesteban vsantiesteban@cadurango.mx

Elementary Coordinator: Lariza Niebla lniebla@cadurango.mx

Middle & High School Principal: Paula Newell pnewell@cadurango.mx

Directions and Map: Our main campus is located Av. Tec. Milenio #201 El Nayar, Durango, Dgo.


The American School of Durango (ASD) is a private, non-profit, K-12 college preparatory school located in Durango, Mexico, and established in 1954 with the cooperation of the American Schools Offices of the Department of Education. Since its inception, ASD has been accredited by the Secretary of Public Education (SEP) and the Universidad Juarez del Estado de Durango. ASD obtained additional accreditations from AdvanceEd, a division of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools(from 1997 to present) and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) (from 1998 to present). ASD is located in the city of Durango, Mexico. Students receive United States and Mexican diplomas upon graduation.
The main industries present in Durango are clothing, lumber and wood products, auto parts production, mining, food processing, and electronics. Some of the larger employers in in the city of Durango include Carhartt, Honda, and Wal-Mart.


ASD has 500+ students, of which approximately 60% are enrolled in early childhood and elementary elementary, and 40% enrolled in middle and high school college preparatory programs. Over 95% of our students are latinos. The high school includes a science lab, a computer laboratory, and a library/media center. The average class size is 22. The teaching faculty at ASD includes teachers from the United States, Australia, Canada, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Taiwan, and Mexico.

ASD is focused on providing a rigorous learning environment that encourages high expectations of all, with an eye towards preparing our students to study successfully around the world. ASD continues to provide ethical, life-long learning leaders with the tools they need to overcome challenges in an ever-changing, globalized world. ASD attracts students from families representing a large variety of Mexican professionals who seek bilingual English-Spanish education for their children. Many of our current families have been part of ASD since its beginning. As a result, the school has a proud sense of tradition, commitment, and ownership.

We are the only private school in the state of Durango accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS-a division of AdvanceEd), the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), and the Secretaría de Educación Pública (SEP). This means that our graduates receive two diplomas upon graduation, reflecting the rigor and demanding nature of ASD’s college preparatory curriculum. Since its inception, no other school in the state of Durango has successfully prepared more students for international college and university programs, including programs throughout North America (Mexico, the United States, and Canada), the United Kingdom, Spain, and parts of Europe.

Our Vision:

We strive to continue as one of Durango’s outstanding academic institutions. We will maintain our student-centered, inquiry-based approach to learning; ensure collaborative and communicative practices remain a centerpiece of our instructional methodology; and base our approach to learning design on well-researched practices. We will continue to demand critical and creative thinking of our students as we challenge them to look for innovative solutions to real world problems. We will remain proud of our graduates—of their well-informed, global perspectives, and their ability to make meaningful contributions to our community and world.

Our Mission:

We provide a bilingual, multicultural education that encourages high expectations and personal growth. Our new STEM program challenges our students to develop 21st century skills through a stimulating and rigorous educational program. Our humanities program emphasizes the importance of understanding and appreciating other cultures, different perspectives on history, and the essential role that the Arts and Literature play in enriching our lives. Foremost, we are committed to developing resilient and adaptable life-long learners, who possess the skills and values needed to contribute to the development of our nation in a global society.

We believe:

A democratic-learning-community provides all members with opportunities for input and participation in decision-making.

Good community decisions prioritize academic excellence, learning and personal growth.

Education should promote curiosity, ignite imagination, increase confidence, and honor every child's potential.

In providing an inclusive, holistic learning environment where students feel safe and nurtured.

In holding students to high expectations, balanced by an understanding of individual differences, abilities, and learning styles.

In fostering a process of continuous evaluation and professional development for the entire community, with increased performance and improvement as our shared responsibility.

In the importance of 21st century learning-goals, which includes the understanding and use of new technologies, robotics, and computer programming.

The study of the Humanities, Philosophy, and the Arts is essential to the development of compassionate, discerning, and literate graduates, who possess the critical reading and writing skills needed by tomorrow’s leaders.

In providing students with opportunities for character development and the adoption of the following community values:

    ● All people deserve Care and Compassion

    ● Generosity comes from a deeply held desire to Improve the Lives of Others

    ● The Preservation of Human Dignity is a Fundamental Right and Obligation shared by all

    ● Volunteer Social Service is our best opportunity to learn and teach these values


The academic program is college preparatory, with leveled curriculum in all core subjects Math, Science, History, English and Spanish. ASD is a bilingual educational institution based on the best North American teaching practices. Through a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, graduates earn a U.S. and Mexican high school diploma after passing US History, English, Spanish, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and advanced Math requirements. The middle and high school programs require community service on a yearly basis.


ASD has an open-enrollment program.


Model United Nations (CADMUN), National Honor Society of America, Student Council, and Community Service Program (mandatory). Sports include Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Golf, & Track and Field teams.

Class Ranking

ASD does not rank graduates because of its small class size.

Grade Point Average (GPA) Calculation

GPA is computed using the below quality points. Beginning with grade nine, all subjects, whether passed or failed, are included in the computation. In addition, each student must complete 90 hours of community service as a graduation requirement. Grades are recorded on the transcript and GPA is computed in January and June.

ASD Grade Grade Points
97 - 100 A+ 4.0
93 - 96A4.0
90 - 92A-3.7
87 - 89B+3.3
83 - 86B3.0
80 - 82B-2.7
77 - 79C+2.3
73 - 76C2.0
70 - 72C-1.7
67 - 69D+1.3
63 - 66D 1.0
60 - 62D-0.7
0 - 59F0.0

Class Rank:

GPA The American School of Durango does not rank graduates.

Recent Awards and Distinctions

2014-15 President’s Award for Educational Achievement 2015 The Governor of the state of Durango recognized ASD for “Excellence in Math and Science Instruction and Achievement.” No other private school in the state achieved this Distinction. This special recognition came as a result of ASD student test scores on the state mandated Math and Science exams. ASD was among a handful of schools which surpassed state and national test averages in science and math, with marked individual student achievement.

Recent Graduates of the American School of Durango have attended:

MexicoUnited States
Escuela de Aviación en México
Instituto Tecnólogico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
Universidad Anáhuac
Instituto Tecnólogico de Durango
Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes
Universidad Autónoma de Durango
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Universidad de Guadalajara
Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara
Universidad Iberoamericana
Universidad de Monterrey
Universidad del Valle de México
Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí
Universidad Politécnico de Guanajuato
Universidad Interamericana para el Desarrollo
UJED Facultad de Derecho
UJED Odontología
UJED Medicina
Universidad Panamericana en Aguascalientes
Centro de Estudios Superiores de Diseño, Monterrey
Hillsborough Community College, Tampa Bay
Brown University, RI
Colorado State University, CO
Dartmouth College, NH
Darton College, GA
Drake University, IO
Syracuse University, NY
Florida Institute of Technology, FL
Marymount College, NY
Marquette University, WI
Northeastern University, MA
Parsons School of Design, NY
University of New Hampshire, VT
University of Richmond, VA
Dawson College Montreal
McGill University
Simon Fraser University
Trent University
University of Alberta
University of British Columbia
University of Toronto
University of Edinburgh

Testing: CEEB Code: 870140
Website: http://www.cadurango.mx/
Main office: +52 (618) 813-3636

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