Equity American School

We are a small, private, English Language, United States Curriculum School System offering classes from Pre-Kinder to Twelfth grade in Guatemala city.

Our History

In the early part of 1988 Bonita Hedrick Justice was doing what she loved most, directing the daily management of her family of eight children, which included home schooling the six younger children that remained at home and keeping in touch with her two older children who had completed home schooling and were enrolled in a major U.S. university.

Mrs. Justice was approached by some U.S. families living in Guatemala with the request that she apply her education and experience towards establishing a private school with small classes and dedicated teachers that could meet the needs of their highly motivated children. Upon presenting the idea to her husband, he encouraged her and resolved to work through the financial and legal side of the venture. Since the school would work with highly motivated students in an accelerated program, it was named “The Accelerated Learning Center”. On April 4, 1988, the school was formed and began operating as a private school, offering a unique U.S. curriculum, small classes and music everyday for all students.

In its second year of operation, at the insistence of parents working for U.S. AID and the U.S. Department of State, the school received a visit from a representative of the Overseas Schools Division of the U.S. Department of State and was soon approved for Dependents of that agency. The Accelerated Learning Center quickly earned recognition as a quality educational institution in the Guatemalan international community.

In 1994, while maintaining the original concepts that motivated the school’s founding, its name was changed to Equity American School. It has remained a small school. Mrs. Justice never aspired to develop a large school. Her goal was quality in a safe, motivating environment, which also meant small.

The school maintains the original concepts of well-prepared and dedicated teachers leading small classes of motivated children.


The Equity American School, S.A. is a Guatemalan corporation. It is a duly licensed and authorized for profit corporation that pays taxes in Guatemala and is governed by a board of five corporate officers. Corporate goals and policies are established by the Board of Directors and communicated to the School Administration.

Operational policy and procedures are determined by the School Directors with input and implementation by the School Administration. The Administration, with the help of assistants and staff, are responsible for managing the day-to-day operation of the school. The School Administration consists of a Director, an Executive Director, an Elementary School Principal, an Upper School Principal and a General Manager.

The school is affiliated and supported by the Equity American Schools Foundation based in Texas. The Texas Foundation supports the school in Guatemala in various ways, including the recruitment of qualified staff and the purchase and shipping of materials and equipment.

We maintain a highly qualified teaching staff that identifies with our philosophy of being a good example; of gently leading our students through well planned and organized lessons and untiring positive reinforcement. As a rule, our full-time teachers hold university degrees and love teaching.


  • We use small buses for easy movement and security throughout zones 9, 10,13, 14, 15, Cayalá area of Zone 16 and El Salvador Highway. All buses have GPS tracking on board. Our bus drivers and monitors also love working with children and are experts in managing their responsibilities. They maintain contact with the school and the U.S. Embassy through radios and cell phones for added security.

School Year

  • The school year consists of 180 school days, beginning the first week of August and ending the last of May. Classes are recessed for approximately one month from Friday of the first week of December until the third or fourth of January and for the week before Easter.

School Day

  • 7:45 AM to 1:00 PM – Pre-kinder and Kindergarten
  • 7:45 AM to 2:30 PM – First through twelfth grades, except on Tuesdays and Thursdays when most students stay until 3:30 PM. Seventh through Tenth grades attend physical education, while elementary students participate in an after school activities program.


Equity American School is accredited by:

The National Independent Private School Association (NIPSA)


Our accreditation is recognized by the U.S. State Department for dependents of U.S. government employees, military personnel, U.S.AID, and other U.S. agencies

Foreign Students
English Classes
Students per Grade
Certified Teachers

What Make Us Spcecial?

At the heart of our principles lie...

Equity Students uphold unwavering values, embrace honesty, pursue self-improvement, and seek profound understanding of both people and the world.
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Equity Students cultivate a culture of mutual respect, practicing courtesy in their interactions, promoting peaceful conflict resolution, and valuing personal growth through effort and challenges.
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Equity Students embrace kindness across differences, engage in community service, cultivate life skills through project planning, and are equipped to lead both in school and their communities.
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Fast Facts

Equity American School limits the number of students to 16 per class and only one class per grade. The average class size at Equity American School over the years has been between 11 and 12 students per class. This policy leads to a high teacher to student ratio which makes it possible to give the needed atention to each student.


Equity American School offers classes from Pre-Kinder to Twelfth grade. The school is led by a director and assistant director and is divided into the Elementary School (pre-Kinder through Sixth grades) and Upper School (Seventh through Twelfth grades). The Elementary and Upper Schools are each led by their own principal.


Equity School boasts an excellent and stable Elementary and Upper School faculty. Our faculty have an average of six years teaching at the school.

College Preparation

Equity School provides a fast-paced, college preparatory education following a United States Curriculum featuring:

    • A strong college preparatory curriculum that focuses on:
      • Reading, writing,and mathematics
      • Foreign language training
      • Orchestra
    • High academic success in college placement of our graduating seniors
      • Graduating students that perform above the average in standardized college placement exams (ACT and SAT)
      • 100% of our graduates are accepted to a university
      • Our graduates typically receive scholarship offers from the university of their choice

Average Class Size

The average class size at Equity American School is 9 students per class (as of September 2022). This small class size allows us to be flexible enough to accommodate personalized learning needs of our students.

Special Education Needs

Equity’s small class sizes allow our teachers to accommodate a variety of learning needs, and Equity has successfully integrated students with many learning disabilities. However, we are not a special education school and our teachers do not have formal special education training. In general we accept only three students per grade level with special learning needs. We also ask that siblings of students with special needs enroll at Equity to help the special needs sibling transition to the school. For further information please contact us.

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