FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
1. What is the school calendar?
We follow an international school calendar - beginning classes in August and concluding in May.
2. What is the policy for children that transfer from a school with a different calendar?
As per MEDUCA policy, students must continue on in the same grade level and will be promoted to the next grade level the following school year.
3. Is Five Stars Academy accredited?
* In partnership with a U.S. High School: AdvancEd International Accreditation and National Association of Private Schools
* Minister of Education, Republic of Panama
4. Is Five Stars Academy a bilingual school?
We are a full-English school. All students Grade 6 and above must have a solid understanding of the English language to be considered for admission.
5. What are the school hours?
Monday-Thursday 7:55am-3pm, Friday 7:55am-12pm
6. What are the Tuition and Fees?
Look under Admissions > Tuition and Fees
7. How does Five Stars Academy determine grade placement?
Generally, placement in grade levels will be by age as of September 1st.
Parents applying with school transcripts or records from outside of Panama should have those validated through the Ministry of Foreign Relations (Embassy of the Country of Origin) and the Panamanian Ministry of Education (MEDUCA) to officially assign entering grade placement.
8. Does Five Stars Academy offer a lunch program?
Students may bring a healthy lunch that will be refrigerated and heated up. We also offer a purchase meal option. Options differ by day. Check with the school directly about options available.
9. Do students wear uniforms?
No but we do have a dress code. Please refer to the Parent Student Handbook under Admissions > Forms
10. What is “Advanced Placement (AP)?
“Advanced Placement” (AP) is a program of college-level courses. Check under Academics > High School for the complete list of courses available.
We offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses through our school partner in the U.S. The AP Program is a program in the United States and Canada created by the College Board which offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. American, Canadian and European colleges and universities may grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on the examinations. Once students take the course, they are offered the opportunity to take the corresponding AP exam in May. With that score, they can test out of required credits at the university they choose to attend.
AP classes don’t just earn you high school credit. You may also earn college credit if you take an AP exam at the end of the course AND earn a score of at least three (3) on a scale of one (1) to five (5). Colleges and universities consider a score of three (3) an indicator of your ability to do successful college work. Please click here for more information.