La Lima Campus
Welcome to EILL!
Welcome to Escuela Internacional La Lima (EILL), located in La Lima, Honduras, a campus of Escuela Internacional Sampedrana (EIS). At our school you will find the best of both large and small schools: we maintain the family-like atmosphere and close community of a small school while sharing resources and programs with the larger San Pedro Sula campus.
Our school community is composed of students, parents and teachers from three different urban communities: La Lima, El Progreso and San Pedro Sula. With one section per grade level, EILL serves approximately 180 students from toddlers (daycare) through 8th grade. Upon completion of 8th grade at EILL, the vast majority of students transfer to EIS where they finish their high school studies.
We at EILL pride ourselves on our rigorous academic program, a supportive environment, and a focus on the whole child. We believe that teachers, parents, and students form a strong community where they learn and grow together. Each child is known and cared for, and the staff works ceaselessly to make sure that each child’s needs are met in the best way for him or her. Classes are conducted entirely in English except for the daily Spanish language classes, PE, and Honduran social studies.
The dedicated and highly committed teaching staff is a blend of local and foreign (USA and Canada) teachers. As a staff, we collaborate during weekly team meetings and Professional Learning Communities, as well as Professional Development time to improve our instructional practice.
Our school has a long, proud history. We are one of the oldest bilingual schools in Honduras, founded by a subdivision of Chiquita Brand more than 80 years ago, but we keep striving to grow better and stronger. We are accredited by both the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Ministry of Education of Honduras. Contact us if you’re interested in becoming part of our story!
For more information about our school and programs contact us at:
Phone: +504 2668-4002
We are located at Zona Americana, across from Club Lima Verde, La Lima, Cortés
Our Mission and Goals
Escuela Internacional La Lima is a bilingual school which educates and nurtures children by inspiring academic excellence, democratic participation, morals and social values in a structured, challenging environment, developing their potential as positive, successful, and responsible participants in a global community.
EILL offers a bilingual education, Early Childhood through Grade 8, with:
All learners are educated and nurtured to inspire academic excellence.
In a structured, challenging environment, all learners develop their potential to be bilingual, positive, successful, and responsible participants in a global community.
As evolving responsible participants in a global community, all learners will have multiple opportunities to succeed in developing morals, social values and a spirit of democratic participation.
“Everyone falls in love with EILL”
Students get personalized attention that allows students to feel cared for. As parents we receive constant and open feedback on our children’s progress to ensure their broad academic and social skills development. (parent)
I love it here. I was attracted to our school at the job fair because I could tell it was a small school with a huge heart. We work hard to provide the best education we can for our students but we also take time to get to know the students and their families. Teachers and all school staff know all of our students. Everyone here has a sense of belonging. The campus is a beautiful, natural green space with trees, lots of iguanas and colorful, tropical birds as well. We can even see the mountains in the distance. (teacher, United States)
I like EILL because it has great teachers, it’s not so big like other schools, and we all take care of each other. (fifth grade student)
When someone has a problem with any academic class, teachers help the students in their class, in tutoring, homework club, math club or learning center. (sixth grade student)
My oldest son told me, “Mom, I would like my children to come to EILL.” I asked him,”Why?” and he said, “EILL is the best school of Honduras.” I like EILL because it has a very nice learning environment, and students learn, enjoy and have fun in EILL. My kids love to come to school. (parent)
I love EILL because it is very safe and you make friends really fast. EILL’s teachers are very good and fair. EILL is the best school in the whole world because you learn and have fun. (5th grade student)
EILL has been a part of my life ever since I was a student here. I love the fact that I have this history with such a close, family-like community. I am proud of our accomplishments, our growth, and our future plans as well as of the sense of community, collaboration, and just plain happiness here. Everyone falls in love with EILL. (teacher, Honduran)
This school is a second home, always welcome and full of great people. Our academics make us excel and stand out among other schools. This school is one of the best and there’s no denying it. EILL has a special place in my heart and will always be my home. (8th grade student)
One of many reasons I like working at EILL is the opportunities in professional development. This in turn helps us with our teaching. We are constantly reading and sharing ideas to better our teaching. The goal is always to improve student achievement. As a teacher, I take pride that our school has a strong commitment to its staff. And as a parent of children that attend this school, I am confident they will be ready to attend any college or university of their choosing. (teacher, Honduran)
Our Academic Program
Our academic program is designed so that students receive both a U.S. and Honduran diploma. Standards used are a combination of U.S. standards such as Common Core standards for language arts and math, NGSS Science Standards, (C3) Framework for Social Studies, ISTE technology standards, and Honduran national standards for subjects such as Spanish and Honduran social studies.
We strive to develop student-centered classrooms that encourage critical thinking and help students see the relevance of what they’re learning. Class sizes are small to allow for individual and differentiated instruction. Developing a love of and stamina for reading is one of our central goals. Teachers in all grades have an extended language arts block where they implement the components of balanced literacy. We use the Writers Workshop philosophy to teach writing in grades 1-8 and the History Alive Social Studies curriculum in grades 5-8. The elementary has an extended math block, and all teachers use Study Island and Math Workshop in their math classes. The ECC uses the GOLD assessment system to guide their instruction and offer feedback to parents.
- Students in grades 1-8 take the MAP test for mathematics 3 times a year.
- Grade 3-8 students are evaluated with the MAP test in reading and language three times a year.
- The Fountas and Pinnell reading assessment is used for students in Kindergarten through fourth grade three times a year.
- The Early Childhood Center uses the Briganze test to measure student growth.
- The Aprenda Spanish test is used to measure school growth in Spanish.
- We administer yearly assessments in math and Spanish designed by the Honduran Ministry of Education.
Teachers use the Understanding by Design (UbD) framework to write their unit plans in Atlas Rubicon, and the school has on ongoing process to revise the school’s curriculum using the UbD framework. All curricula are written on site and adjusted and revised based on current student needs.
Our Learning Center has two full-time staff who assist students with reinforcement both in and out of the classroom. The Lindamood Bell program is used in language arts classrooms with additional reinforcement in the learning center. Math and writing intervention are offered to the students who need it most. We also have a full-time counselor who works with students, teachers and parents to meet the social and emotional needs or our students.
Professional development opportunities are ongoing and directly related to our academic program. Teachers engage in book studies and Professional Learning Communities to study areas where they want to grow as teachers, practice new strategies learned, and meet with colleagues to discuss results. Teachers also attend and present at a national teachers conference in Honduras each year. Ongoing support is provided in writing curriculum using Understanding by Design. Resources are available for teachers as they work to improve professionally and increase learning in their classrooms.
At EILL, we truly believe in educating the whole child, and we have many activities to help support us in that goal.
Every Thursday afternoon during the last period, students in grades 4-8 have clubs. Students sign up for the clubs of their choice and for 9 weeks they work with other students across grade levels in specialized activities. Some of the most popular clubs are soccer, Fun Science, Knowledge Bowl, Healthy Cooking, and Make to Wear art among many others.
SPORTS AND ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES
Afterschool sports are available for students in grades 1-8, and 7th and 8th graders travel to National Tournaments for basketball, volleyball, and soccer. The Athletic Director arranges games and tournaments for all the sports teams throughout the year. Students also participate nationally in the Music Festival, Spelling Bee, Knowledge Bowl, Model United Nations and Science Fair.
MIDDLE SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
The 7th and 8th grade classes have a special activity together each spring. In one year, they spend the spring studying and learning a Shakespeare play to perform in the local theater. In the alternate year, they take a science-themed trip to Orlando, Florida. With these activities, all students are able to build community and apply their school experience to the real world.
The school organizes activities so that students learn the value of service to others. Our Green Squad plans ongoing activities to teach students the importance of taking care of the Earth and organizing our school’s recycling initiatives. The 7th and 8th graders plan activities in support of local community organizations such as a nearby public daycare for working parents and a home for the elderly.
Throughout the year, several special activities help to celebrate our students and provide opportunities for us to connect as a school community. Dia Civico, an all-school Thanksgiving Brunch, Christmas Talent Show, Soccer Festival, Family/Leadership Day, the Jaguar Award Banquet, and School for Parents are all important parts of our school tradition.
If you choose to join us, you will become a part of a community that values its staff members and its students. With your help, we will continue to uphold our values while we embrace the future.