Mazapan School

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Mazapan School
La Ceiba, Atlantida
Coordinates 15°47′03″N 86°47′41″W / 15.7841°N 86.7948°W / 15.7841; -86.7948Coordinates: 15°47′03″N 86°47′41″W / 15.7841°N 86.7948°W / 15.7841; -86.7948
Type Co-educational bilingual
Established 1928
Superintendent Martha Counsil
Principal Courtney Cullum
Mascot Pelican

Mazapan School is a small N-12 co-educational bilingual school offering a US-style college preparatory instruction program. Owned and operated by Standard Fruit de Honduras (Dole), Mazapan School is located in La Ceiba, Honduras. Founded in 1928, the landscaped campus is located on 5 acres (20,000 m2) in a quiet, peaceful, and secured subdivision near the center of the city, amidst lush, tropical vegetation. The 300+ students attending Mazapan School are taught in English and Spanish, and receive a U.S. High School diploma and a Honduran Baccalaureate degree.


Mazapan School was founded in the early 1920s by the Standard Fruit Company, today known as Dole. The company had the dilemma of keeping valuable expatriate employees with children in La Ceiba, Honduras. A lack of an American-style school meant children had to be sent to boarding schools in the United States at a young age. This need gave birth to the idea of starting a school. Mazapan School, owned and operated by the company, opened its doors on March 12, 1928, with Grades 1-6 with 38 students.

Today, the Mazapan School is located on 5 acres (20,000 m2) of land in the heart of the city. A coeducational, day school, it offers bilingual (English/Spanish) educational programs from grades Nursery through 12 with the continued support of Dole. Upon graduation, Mazapan students are conferred an American High School Diploma, accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and a Honduran Bachillerato Diploma, accredited by the Honduran Ministry of Education.

Of the 308 students enrolled, 90% are Honduran, 7% American and 3% third nationals. All graduates are offered admission to universities in the USA, Latin America or Europe, with approximately 50% of the graduates attending American universities and the rest studying in Latin America.[citation needed]


Mazapan School is accredited by the SACS (US Southern Association of Colleges and Schools), and the Honduran Ministry of Education. A U.S. High School Diploma and the Honduran Bachillerato can both be obtained, giving students the choice of attending a Latin American University or a U.S. University after graduation.

Mazapan is a member of AASCA (Association of American Schools in Central America), ABSH (Association of Bilingual Schools of Honduras), NASS, IRC (Inter-regional Center) and AAIE (Association of American International Education).

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