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Five Stars Academy offers an American-style education to families interested in living on the Pacific beaches of Panama. Located in Santa Clara in the Cocle Province of Panama, just 20 minutes west of Coronado, we provide a personal, hands-on, yet highly academic program to develop well-rounded students Pre-K to Grade 12.  With more than 25 countries represented at our school, we are truly an international school of Panama.

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* Minister of Education, Republic of Panama

* Cognia, NCA CASI, SACS CASI, and NWAC comprise three of the six regionally recognized K-12 accrediting bodies and together have been accrediting institutions for 125 years.

* AP College Board certified


Founded in 2011, Five Stars Academy (FSA) is a private, highly-academic institution that combines the home-schooling philosophy of focusing on the individual student with the expertise of professional, experienced, certified teachers.  We have the flexibility of choices expected in an experimental school while offering an internationally accredited diploma.  


FSA provides opportunities for students to learn self-sufficiency, to develop leadership skills and understand the impact they can have on their surroundings.  Whether through classroom studies, mission work in and out of Panama, the diverse range of learning and growing opportunities available from living in the interior of Panama, or the student’s daily exposure to out-of-the-box thinking and problem solving, the goal is to tap into the best our students have to offer for themselves and for the World.   


With the average class size of less than 10 students to 1 instructor, we are able to maintain high expectations while providing individual support. Located in Santa Clara, Panama, 90 minutes west of Panama City, more than 25 countries comprise our student body. We began with 5 young students and have grown to 90+.  


Five Stars Academy graduated our first class in May 2019.


School Profile 2022-2023 (pdf)



Check your student's attendance and progress online. Online access for students and parents keeps you in the loop.  Email us directly for your login info.


We are a college preparatory school fully accredited by MEDUCA and COGNIA. Our enrollment from Pre-K4 to 12th grade is 105+.  


We are seeking individuals who are certified in either Elementary or Secondary Education.  All openings are full time unless specifically indicated.  To see a calendar with major dates, go to OUR SCHOOL/CALENDAR.  For more info, click here.


Santa Clara, Panama

Take a left at XOKO restaurant. Take a left at the fork in the road. FSA is located about 1 minute down the road on the left.  

​Tel: 6611-9510


Class of 2024

Barry University ($80k scholarship), Miami, FL, USA
Colorado Mesa University ($30k scholarship), Grand Junction, CO, USA

Elizabeth City State University, NC, USA

Metropolitan State University of Denver, Denver, CO, USA

Nova Southeastern University, ($80k scholarship), Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

Simon Fraser University - Vancouver, Canada

United States Army

Universidad de Diseño, Innovación y Tecnología - UDIT, Spain

University of Birmingham, Birmingham, England 

University of Bristol, England

University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA

Class of 2023 (3 graduates)

University of Toronto, Canada

McMaster University, Ontario Canada
Queens University, Canada

University of Alberta, Canada
Trent University, Canada
Concordia University, Canada
University of Calgary, Canada
Arizona State University, USA 

Emory University, USA

Oberlin College and Conservatory, USA

University of Iowa with scholarship, USA

Class of 2022 (6 graduates)

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA

University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign, IL, USA

Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu, HI, USA

University of Colorado + scholarship, Boulder, CO, USA

Point Loma University, San Diego, CA, USA

Palm Beach Atlantic University + scholarship, West Palm Beach, FL, USA

Lynn University, Boca Raton, FL, USA + scholarship

Florida State University, Panama City, Panama

University of Louisville - QLU, Panama City, Panama

Queensland University of Technology, Australia

The average ACT score for Five Stars Academy students is 27. This indicates that the average student score is in the 86th percentile as compared to students in the U.S.

Classes of 2019, 2020, 2021 (total of 6 graduates)


St. Andrews (Scotland)

University of Bristol (England)

University of Edinburgh (Scotland) 

University of Paris (France)


University of Colorado - Boulder (USA)

University of Wisconsin - Madison (USA)

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (USA)

Monroe College - online (USA)


McGill University (Canada)

University of Toronto (Canada)

Concordia University (Canada)

University of Waterloo (Canada)


Technological University of Panama – UTP (Republic of Panama)

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