The mission of VSBS is to provide an education that leads to lifelong employment and achievement.
The Villa Soleada Bilingual School is an ambitious pilot project that is serving Villa Soleada and nearly 10 surrounding villages. Inaugurated in 2012, its mission is to provide the poorest children in El Progreso with the quality of education to which normally only children from the wealthiest families would have access.
The VSBS curriculum emphasizes English, technology, and critical thinking. The school has extended hours and an extended school year to maximize the time our students spend in class.
Families of students pay a small monthly tuition ($10 – $20) based on a sliding scale to send their kids to VSBS. This ensures community buy-in, helps with the operational costs of the school and allows us to subsidize costs for the neediest families.
We provide full scholarships to children who come from families that cannot even pay the minimum amount. In exchange, their parents volunteer their time at the school.
Classes are taught by qualified teachers from the U.S, who create an immersive experience in English.
We hope to expand the school by one grade each year and become a fully equipped K-9 school for up to 250 students by 2019. We hope to reach financial self-sufficiency by 2019.
See What’s Happening at VSBS