Escuela Bella Vista
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Escuela Bella Vista, more commonly known as EBV, is a high school located in Maracaibo, Venezuela. The school currently enrolles 350 students, covers from Preschool to grade 12 and offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) program to its students, as well as the possibility of attending Florida Virtual School. Even though the school used to enroll more than 600 students, after the strikes held toward Hugo Chávez government in December 2002, many American students fled from the city, and the school lost many of its international students. Currently, most students are from Venezuela, even though there are students from 20 other countries, mainly on elementary classes.
The school was formed in 1948 and its facilities currently include 46 classrooms, an Auditorium, two gyms, science laboratories, an Optimal Learning Center, library, two computer labs, a computer network system, cafeteria, vocal music and band rooms, art room, clinic, tennis courts, and playing fields. EBV is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
The student population is made up of 20 different nationalities with 90 percent being Venezuelan. The average class size in academic courses is 15 students. There are 43 teachers in the school, 25 of whom hold a master’s degree or higher.
Students in the high school follow a U.S. based curriculum, which culminates in the International Baccalaureate Program in grades 11 and 12. In order to graduate, students must earn a total of 28 credits. The school has a block schedule during which students attend four 90-minute periods per day. Classes are scheduled on a two-day cycle in order to provide 138 hours of instruction in each academic subject over the course of a year.