In the Yucatan, students spend 4-5 hours a day in primary school. Local schools lack the time and resources to provide extensive extracurricular programs that are key elements in developing a child’s confidence, leadership, imagination and creativity. Academia Natanael aims to fill the gaps in this system by offering classes in English, computers and art. These provide students with a better opportunity to obtain advanced education and professional careers. The academy offers extensive tutoring in addition to regular classes.
Primary School – 12 hours a week
- 1 – Computers
- 3 – English
- 1 – Music
- 1 – Art
- 1 - Physical education / team games
- 1 – Reading
- 4 – Tutoring / help with homework deficiency
Secondary/HS - 5 hours a week
Because the government does not require high school, Mexico operates a college-like system for students who wish to pursue more advanced education after primary school. This system makes secondary education especially difficult for children in rural communities to obtain. After applying, students must pay for tuition, books, and uniforms. Academia Natanael offers advanced courses in English and computers to secondary education students in order to prepare them for the next level.
- 3 – English
- 2 – Computers
Eligible high school students can earn scholarships to cover the costs of pursuing a high school education, including uniforms, books and fees (approx. $250/year). Natanael Scholars serve as mentors at the Academy and assist with tutoring younger students. Scholars earn $10/week for this work-study opportunity. Ten students participated in the program's first year.
- Students must take responsibility for homework.
- Students are accountable for academic achievements and must be able to demonstrate attitudes of respect and honesty.
- Students must contribute positively to the community and work toward a better future.
- Students must commit to raising their education to higher levels and seek opportunities to earn a bachelor's degree or begin professional career.