- What is the school calendar and day?
Term begins in September and usually ends in June. The school day begins at 8.15 am and ends at 3.30 pm
- How many pupils are there at King’s College Panama?
There are 250 children of over 40 nationalities.
- How many pupils are there in each class?
On average there are 20 pupils per class and two form entry from Reception to Year 4. Setting (across five sets) is used in some subjects to allow for more personalised learning and smaller groups.
- Which curriculum does the school follow?
The English National Curriculum.
- Are the teachers British?
All academic staff teaching the English National Curriculum are qualified British teachers, with the exception of some of the language teachers, who are native speakers. Those teaching Spanish language, Spanish validation and Bachillerato are native, qualified Panamanian teachers.
- What language do the pupils speak in the playground? On the whole most of our pupils speak Spanglish in the playground. English is the language of the classroom and with children from so many nationalities, English is the common language.
- Will my child learn Spanish at King’s College?
All pupils at King’s College study Spanish. Spanish-speaking pupils are required to take a minimum number of Spanish classes per week, with the frequency and number depending on their age. Non-Spanish speakers are taught Spanish as a foreign language at all ages.
- What other languages are available?
French is taught from Year 7 and above. All children from Reception to Year 8 also have the opportunity to learn Chinese as an extra-curricular activity.
- Is religion part of the curriculum?
Our Religious Studies programme is based on Christianity and the Christian heritage. The Secondary curriculum is in line with the Religious Studies curriculum in England.
- How much homework is set? This depends on the age of the pupil. In the Secondary Department pupils are set purposeful, relevant homework tasks on a regular basis.
- What examinations do students take at the school?
(I)GCSE (Cambridge), GCE A Level (Edexcel). University entrance examinations. Although we have yet to reach this level, the school already has the accreditation to deliver the Cambridge (I)GCSE and A Level courses.
- Where do students go after finishing their studies at King’s College?
Students who finish their education at King’s College enter universities all over the world. In the past, the majority of ex-students have entered British universities and a considerable number have been admitted to top institutions such as, Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College and LSE. Other prestigious universities have entered include Durham, St. Andrew’s, Edinburgh, Manchester and numerous colleges belonging to the University of London. Some students have preferred to attend Spanish universities (UAM, Complutense, Carlos III, etc.) and many others have decided to continue their higher education in other parts of the world and have gained entry to universities in the USA (Boston College, Harvard, MIT, New York, Princeton and Rutgers), Canada (McGill, Dalhousie, University of Toronto and Waterloo), France (Sorbonne) and Japan (Aoyama, ICU, Keio, Sofia, Tokyo, Tsukubu and Waseda), as well as in Australia, Chile, Korea, Turkey, Venezuela, etc.
- Is it possible to study at King’s College for one term only?
The minimum time we can normally accept pupils is for one whole academic year.
However, for certain courses the minimum stay is two full academic years. This is true of the (I)GCSE course in Years 10 & 11 and the A Level (AS & A2) courses in Years 12 and 13, which are integral 2 year programmes.
- How well do new international pupils adapt to the school?
Pupils at King’s College are used to welcoming newcomers and on the whole are very friendly and helpful. The Heads of the different departments make sure that “buddies” are always on hand to show newcomers the ropes at first. However, much depends on the attitude of the new pupil and how willing he/she is to make new friends and join in with the rest.
- How do I go about applying for a place for my child?
The first step in the admissions process is to send in an application form which may be obtained from our web page or by contacting the Admissions Department directly. The procedures for admission vary slightly according to the age of the candidate (please see Admissions). Infants are required to provide reports from the school of origin whilst Juniors and Seniors must take entrance examinations in Mathematics and English. School reports for the two years prior to entry are also taken into consideration.
- Does King’s College Panama accept pupils with little or no English?
We take children with no English between the ages of 2 and 4. For a limited number of Primary pupils between the ages of 5 and 14, we offer an “Induction English” programme. This is a special course for non-English speaking newcomers of proven academic ability, whose entry to King’s College would not otherwise be possible. They receive intensive English classes in very small groups and individual support is provided in mainstream lessons. From the age of 10 onwards new pupils must have a high level of English to enter the school.