The School received loans from Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID) and grants from the US Department of State for these construction projects. In 1995, the school began another construction project in order to meet the needs of a growing school population and changing educational requirements. In the past ten years, three classroom wings have been constructed, the library/resource center was extended and remodeled, and all buildings built in the 1960’s were re-enforced to meet current codes for buildings in seismic areas. Other extensive remodeling has also been carried out. All of these improvements have been part of the long range and school improvement plans.
During the 1960’s , the School strengthened its ties to the US by joining and being accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and by beginning a relationship with the Office of Overseas Schools of the US Department of State. In 2005, the school joined New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and recently, in 2016 were granted our second accreditation extension. The School is also a member of the Association of American Schools in Central America (AASCA), an organization sponsoring educational, sports, and art events for the students and professional development activities for the teachers of member schools. The American School of Guatemala is an active member of AASCA as well as the umbrella Tri-Regional Association of American Schools in Mexico, Central America, Colombia and the Caribbean.
In 1972, the University del Valle de Guatemala was chartered and the School Association became the Foundation of the Universidad del Valle. In this new charter, the School became legally the laboratory school of the University. The responsibility of appointing the school’s board of directors was given to the Executive Committee of the Foundation. Both institutions function separately but the relationship between the two is mutually supportive with the end goal of positively impacting education in Guatemala.
Most of the members of the school community are Guatemalan and a number of parents are the social, political and economic leaders of the country. A majority of them are professionals and/or related to the agricultural industry. The student body is composed of a diverse group from different backgrounds with around 80% of the current student body being Guatemalan.
A unique scholarship program in 11th and 12th grades incorporates students with high academic capacity from families with limited financial resources. The School also has seen an increase in the admissions of multinational students, especially since a change over an August-June school calendar in 2001.