Universal School Pierre and Marie Curie
|Pierre et Marie Curie School|
|Motto||Science, Art, Humanism|
|Grades||Pre-K - 12|
|Gender||Gender Inclusive, Coeducational|
|Language||English, Spanish, French|
|Color(s)||Green, White, Gray, Navy Blue|
Universal School Pierre & Marie Curie (Escuela Universal Pierre y Marie Curie) (PMC) is a private trilingual school located in Las Colinas Managua, Nicaragua. It is best known for its large multicultural student body and its science orientation.
Founded in 1997 in Las Colinas, Managua, Nicaragua, EUPMC started as a pioneer school, "Lo Pequeño Es Bello", the first in the country to introduce a programming language in the curriculum of pre-school children. It is now one of the top private schools in Managua, Nicaragua. It is also the only school in Central America with an observatory.
Pre-K, Elementary School, Middle School and High School are located in separate buildings: elementary being a single story building and Middle School and High School containing two story buildings. Students receive most of their classes in their own homeroom until High School, were subjects are located in different classes. PMC is also known for having state-of-the-art facilities. The school provides: two fully equipped computer labs, musical division, fully equipped biology lab, fully equipped chemistry lab, dance room, small library, art room, open space eating lounge, In Memoriam of Ruben Dario "Salon Azul" Cafeteria and theatre, administrative offices, counseling, mathematics development department, athletics department (soccer, basketball, tennis/volleyball), swimming pool and a recently inaugurated observatory.
Student Body and Alumni
EUPMC is known for its multicultural student body, having local students from Nicaragua as well as students from all over the world. All classes are taught in English, with the exceptions of the Spanish and French classes. ESL and French tutoring is available upon request.
EUPMC alumni have been admitted to universities all over the world such as UC Berkeley, Berklee College of Music, Columbia University, Architectural Association School of Architecture, Ryerson University, Escuela Agrícola Panamericana Zamorano, IFC Méditerrannée, Birzeit University, Truman State University, Universidad Anahúac, Univeristy of Notre Dame, among others.
Abroad Learning Experiences
EUPMC offers for students attending Middle School a one week trip to visit NASA's Texas facility (inaugurated in 2013) in which they exercise their engineering abilities and learn about astronomy and accomplishments throughout history related to outer space. They are given critical thinking tasks to learn how to manage time, money and priorities in hypothetical space related scenarios. Three times a year, EUPMC's "middle schoolers" have the opportunity of conducting a "NASA Lab" in which they perform experiments with students attending Middle School at Houston, TX through a video-conference supervised by a NASA team, where they learn about environmental issues, technology and biology.
Seniors of this school also have the privilege of attending the International Trip to Europe, in which they visit three countries: France, Italy and Greece. Visiting the countries' capitals and other cities such as Marseilles, Venice, Florence and more. The main objective of this trip is to visit and have a different learning experience of places rich in history that were studied during their high school, and to celebrate their graduation with the opportunity of traveling with their piers and teachers. In addition, they also get to practice their french speaking abilities (up to DELF B2) during their time in France.
Camping "Ara Macao''
The Camping "Ara Macao" is a three day camping offered once a year in the month of February for students from Kinder to 12th Grade. The first camping the school offered was a trip to Costa Rica, in which due to the school's small student body, constituted of around 40 students in total. During camping, students learn about open space environments, the flora and fauna of Nicaragua, teamwork and coexistence. Campers participate in several activities through squads (usually Earth, Fire, Water, Lighting, Wind, Sun and Thunder) whose members are randomly picked prior the camping. Squad leaders are picked because of their leadership abilities and academic performance. High School students' camping leaders are always the school year's seniors. These seniors get to name their squad and create their own squad flag. Activities during camping vary between hiking, soccer, flying kites, horseback riding, milking cows, swimming, singing, dancing, karaoke, and story telling during a bonfire at night.
Camping Groups are:
- Kinder Garden
- First and Second Grade
- Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade
- Middle School (Sixth, Seventh and Eight Grade)
- High School (Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Grade)
The school evaluates which camping groups have visited certain locations, in order to avoid them repeating any location they have visited before, and providing always a new experience. Kinder Garden students are the only students to have a camping of two days inside the school's campus. All other students have a three-day camping outside of the school's campus, though not all campings occur at the same time. All camping groups visit different locations each year.
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