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Alfonso Pelayo High School Principal website: www.tae.edu.mx tel. +52 (55) 56 04 03 14

Tomás Alva Edison School, founded in 1983, is a private PreK-12 school located across four separate campuses in the Del Valle neighborhood in southern Mexico City. TAE is consistently recognized for academic excellence: it’s middle school (US equivalent 7th-9th grade) placed seventh in Mexico City in the most recent ENLACE exam, while the high school (US equivalent of 10th—12th grade) has been featured in the media as one of the ten best schools citywide. The TAE High School is certified by and incorporated into the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) system, with incorporating code 1257. Mission TAE´s mission is to educate and raise well-rounded, successful young people in an environment that fully respects the dignity of each individual. We guide our students in building the necessary foundations for academic, professional, and personal growth, while remaining ever aware of responsibilities to family, society, the environment, and Mexico. Student Body TAE has a total enrollment of 2,083 students for the 2013-14 academic year; 482 of these students are in the high school. The students come from predominantly middle class families and approximately 30% of high school students receive an institutional scholarship covering15-25% of tuition. An additional 6% of students receive full-tuition scholarships through various government-sponsored programs. Curriculum TAE offers a rigorous academic curriculum that integrates the UNAM curriculum, which is strongly science-oriented, with additional courses in English, French and Spanish composition and research skills. The school day consists of nine 45-minute classes; students take between 15 and 17 year-long courses that meet between one and five times per week (see table below). TAE does not currently offer academic electives or programs such as AP or IB, rather all students take the same courses in the first and second year of high school. In the third year each student chooses to specialize in one of four areas: Area 1 (Physics, Math, Architecture, and Engineering), Area II (Chemistry, Biology, and Health Sciences), Area III (Business and Social Sciences) and Area IV (Art and Humanities).

Rachel Josephs College Counselor email: r_josephs@tae.edu.mx tel. +52 (55) 56 04 03 14 Ext. 110

The following is a list of courses currently taken by students in 4th through 6th grades. Course titles may vary slightly from the internal transcript in order to more accurately describe content. Subjects with ** are not part of the required UNAM curriculum and are unique to TAE. Subjects in bold are taught in English. 4th Grade (U.S. 10th) Course Name

Periods/ week

Algebra Physics I Geography World History Logic Spanish Language Drawing Theater/Music I Physical Education I Spanish Composition ** Educational Orientation Computer Science I French I** Language Structure I World Literature ** Applied English Language Skills**

5 3+2 lab 3 3 3 4 2 1 1 2 1 2 3 3 3 3

5th Grade (U.S. 11th) Course Name Geometry/Trigonometry Chemistry I Biology I Health & Anatomy Mexican History Etymology World Literature Ethics Theater/Music II Physical Education II Vocational Orientation Research Methods I** Computer Science II French II** Language Structure II American Literature** Writing Skills I** 6th Grade (U.S. 12th) Course Name Research Methods II** Calculus Law Mexican & Iberoamerican Literature Psychology French III**

Periods/week 5 3+1 lab 3+1 lab 3+1 lab 3 2 3 2 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 3 3

Periods/week 2 5 2 3 3+1 lab 2


Language Structure III British Literature** Writing Skills II** Speech** Area 1 (Physics, Math, Arch., Eng.) Technical Drawing Select Topics in Math Computer Science III Physics II Chemistry II Area 2 (Chem., Bio., Health Sciences) Computer Science III Physics II Chemistry II Select Topics in Biology Biology II Socioeconomics Area 3 (Business and Social Sciences) Computer Science III Political Economy Social, Economic & Political Problems of Mexico Accounting Statistics & Probability Intro. to Social Science Area 4 (Art and Humanities) Statistics & Probability Intro. to Social Science History of Philosophy Visual Communication Art History History of Cultures

3 2 2 2 3 4 2 2+2 lab 3+1 lab 2 3+1 lab 3+1 lab 3 3+1 lab 1 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

Grading System and Graduation Requirements The Mexican 10-point grading scale corresponds with a 100-point scale and can be interpreted as follows: Mexican grading system 9.0-10.0 8.0-8.9 7-0-7.9 6.0-6.9 1.0-5.9

U.S. grading system A B C D F

Excellent Good Satisfactory Sufficient Insufficient/Fail

As required by UNAM standards, the grading system is from 1 to 10; the minimum passing grade is a 6.0. The academic year consists of six grading periods and a final exam. In each grading period students are evaluated for both academic achievement (consisting of an exam, project or written work worth a minimum of 60%) and conduct. The final grade in each course is determined in one of three ways: students with a minimum 8.6 cumulative course average, no lower than an 8 in any given grading period, and no more than two 7s in conduct are exempt from the final exam. For these students, the final year grade is the cumulative average across the six grading periods. If a final exam is required, the exam accounts for 50% and

the cumulative academic average accounts for 50%. If students are unable to achieve a minimum of 6.0 in the first or second round of final exams, they take what is called an extraordinary exam, worth 100% of their final year grade. There are currently no honors, AP or IB courses offered at TAE, and all classes are given equal weight in the calculation of grade point average. Students must pass all courses to progress to the next grade level. Grade Distribution, Class of 2014 The following final grades were achieved by the 162 students in the Class of 2014, during their 5th (U.S. 11th) grade year. By subject: Final Grade

0.0 - 5.9

6.0 - 6.9

7.0 - 7.9

8.0 - 8.9

Math

24

57

29

14

9.0 - 10 38

Chemistry

18

53

40

30

21

Biology

3

3

44

51

61

Health/Anatomy

4

14

50

64

30

History

13

24

45

23

57

Etymology

27

55

30

22

28

Literature

15

3

33

68

43

Ethics

11

28

42

43

37

Theater/Music

2

6

20

54

80

Phys. Ed

1

0

4

22

135

Voc. Orientation

1

12

14

43

92

Composition

18

71

42

28

3

Computer Science

1

9

27

39

86

French

10

20

42

33

57

Language Skills

17

55

45

33

12

American Lit.

24

37

31

30

39

Writing Skills

15

46

44

46

11

By cumulative GPA: Final Average

# Students

% Students

0.0 - 5.9 6.0 - 6.9 7.0 - 7.9 8.0 - 8.9 9.0 - 10

14 15 54 55 24

9% 9% 33% 34% 15%

Extracurricular Activities and Workshops Throughout the year, TAE students and teachers participate in a number of clubs, activities, and workshops which are offered after school and/or on weekends. These include, but are not limited to, Model United Nations (TAEMUN), Literary Creation, Drama, English Teacher’s Course (TKT), Choir, Anatomy Workshop, Biology Workshop, Ecology Workshop,


Social Service, and Cheerleading. An annual cultural and language learning trip to England and France are offered to both middle and high school students, supervised by the middle school language coordinators. TAE offers official school sports teams for both men and women in soccer, basketball, and volleyball. University Acceptance and Recognition TAE has officially maintained an international college counseling office since 2010. Records indicate that between 2007-2012 students have been accepted to the American Music and Dance Academy, Amherst College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (2), Les Roches International School of Hotel Management, Michigan State University, Savannah School of Art and Design (3), University of Massachusetts-Boston, University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas at San Antonio (Honors College), Vanderbilt University, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In 2012-2013, seven students where admitted and five students chose to matriculate in the following undergraduate programs abroad (the matriculating institution is marked with an asterisk): Bentley University, USA; Bryn Mawr College, USA*; Carleton University, Canada; Hofstra University, USA; New York Film Academy, USA*;  Rollins College, USA; Savannah College of Art & Design, USA*; Snow College, USA*; Stetson University, USA (2)*; University of South Carolina, USA; University of Toronto, Canada; Wake Forest University, USA. With regard to domestic admissions, TAE maintains direct entry agreements with the ITESM, ITAM, Panamericana, Intercontinental, Universidad de las Americas, Motolínea, Bancaria y Comercial, and La Salle Universities. Students are generally required to have an 8.6 average or higher in order to qualify for direct entry. The majority of these institutions, in addition to Anáhuac Sur and Iberoamericana Universities, offer between one and six academic excellence and/or departmental scholarships exclusively for TAE students. On average, 100% of TAE students enroll in college within one year of high school graduation.

www.tae.edu.mx Preschool Heriberto Frías 1407 Colonia del Valle México, D.F., C.P. 03100 Tel. 56.04.18.18 Elementary School Manzanas 11 Colonia del Valle México, D.F., C.P. 03100 Tel. 55.75.50.93 Middle School Amores 1213 Colonia del Valle México, D.F., C.P. 03100 Tel. 55.75.05.56 High School Heriberto Frías 1401 Colonia del Valle México, D.F., C.P. 03100 Tel. 56.04.03.14 Contacto TAE tae_contacto@tae.edu.mx


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