Mission, Vision and Core Values

The American School of Guatemala (CAG) is an independent, non-profit, non-denominational, college preparatory institution that offers a rigorous academic program modeled after the best educational practices and methodologies of the United States of America. CAG is founded on the principles of a co-educational, bi-cultural (Guatemala-United States), bilingual (Spanish-English) program. It serves the Guatemalan community and other families who value a holistic approach to education. Respect for religious, political, social, and cultural diversity is a fundamental part of the school’s identity.

CAG is fully accredited in the U.S. by the New England Association of Colleges and Schools and is recognized by the Guatemalan Ministry of Education as a Laboratory School. As a member of the Del Valle Grupo Educativo, CAG is actively committed to the development of education in Guatemala.


The mission of the American School of Guatemala is to empower its students to achieve their full potential and to inspire them to lead meaningful lives as responsible members of a global society.


A legacy of meaningful lives that brings value to Guatemalan and global communities.

Dedicated to Making Our Mission a Reality!

Core Values - Character Counts

Character Counts are CAG's six pillars of core value guidelines that provide tools and strategies to foster a positive environment and produce exceptional results in the academic, social, emotional, and character development domains.


Do you share to make your school and community a better place?

  • Cooperate
  • Follow rules and instructions (laws)
  • Respect authorities
  • Be a good neighbor
  • Protect the environment


Do you play by the rules?

  • Take turns and share
  • Don't blame others carelessly
  • Be open-minded: listen to others


Do you treat others as you want to be treated?

  • Use good manners
  • Be tolerant of others differences
  • Don't threaten, hit of hurt
  • Deal peacefully with anger


Are you accountable for your actions?

  • Think before you act
  • Be self-disciplined
  • Use self-control
  • Do what you are supposed to do
  • Always do your best
  • Be perseverant, don't give up


Are you honest?

  • Don't deceive, cheat or steal
  • Have the courage to do the right thing
  • Be reliable, do what you say you'll do
  • Build a good reputation
  • Be loyal, stand by your family and friends


Are you Kind?

  • Show compassion to others
  • Express gratitude
  • Forgive
  • Help others in need