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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.

The American School of Guatemala (CAG) is an independent, non-profit, non-denominational, college preparatory school that offers a rigorous academic program for preschoolers to 12th graders, modeled after the best educational practices and methodologies of the United States of America.

We are 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 Schools and Colleges 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.

Dedicated to Making Our Mission a Reality!

Definition of Learning

Aspirational Learning at CAG is a dynamic and iterative process that engages learners in authentic experiences that further develop their unique values, voice, and purpose. In a physically, socially, and emotionally safe environment, learners are empowered to be the co-designers and creators of their own learning as they collaborate, innovate, and act ethically and empathetically to make an impact on an ever-changing world.


Read our Respect for Diversity Statement here

We Believe

  • Our students, as individuals, have unique intellectual, social, emotional and physical characteristics and needs; 
  • AII students can learn, and they learn most effectively when they are actively engaged in the learning process when they are faced with challenging expectations and when they are held to clearly defined standards of excellence; 
  • Learning should take place within a physically and psychologically safe environment; 
  • AII members of the school community, which includes faculty, staff, parents, and students share the responsibility far accomplishing our mission; 
  • Continuous improvement is essential to providing quality educational opportunities for our students. 

Director's Welcome Message

Welcome to the American School of Guatemala (CAG)! CAG, as we call it, is situated in the foothills within the heart of Guatemala City. Surrounded by a growing city, CAG is enveloped by green gardens and neighbors with one of the country’s premier universities. Its surroundings give CAG its balance in progress, environment, and intellectual curiosity, which are threads within the school’s gates, across the grade levels, throughout the academic program, and on the playing fields.

Founded in 1945, CAG is a school rich with a tradition of family, culture, innovation, vision, and an international spirit. 

Today, in the 21st century, CAG has grown to be a leader in Pre-k-12th independent, national, and international education. Its local presence and global reach attract the best teachers from Guatemala, the United States, and the world. Our graduates span not just generations but continents and are thought leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, creators, and nurturers living meaningful lives near and far.

To get a true sense of our school and its purpose, begin by reading our Learner’s Profile, VIDAS. Value-oriented, innovative, dynamic, actively engaged, and service-driven are not just a way of life but qualities that make for a meaningful life and distinguish CAG alumni from all the rest.

If you live nearby, or if you are just visiting or considering a move to Guatemala, we welcome you to visit our campus, engage with our students and experts, and experience CAG in all ways meaningful!

In the tradition of maroon and gray,

Patricia Lee Marshall
General Director