About USH

Union School is a private, co-educational, and non-sectarian Pre-K to 12 institution established in Haiti for the purpose of providing an American accredited program of studies in both English and French for students of all nationalities. Our school consists of an elementary school (grades pre-k to 5), a middle school (grades 6 -8), and a high school (grades 9 to 12).

The school has moved locations several times since its conception and in August 2002 relocated to a spectacular new campus in Juvénat. This facility is housed on two hectares, with two buildings, 38 classrooms, two computer labs, two science labs, a library with 12,000 volumes and sports fields.

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A view of the Middle and High School building and basketball court at our new Juvénat campus.

Our History

Union School was founded in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 1919 as a school for the children of U.S. Marines Corps families stationed in Haiti. This was only for the elementary grades and the courses came from Washington, D.C.

From 1920 to 1934 the school, then named Colony School, was located on Turgeau Avenue with one hundred and ten students. On June 10, 1934, the Marines left Haiti, and the Colony School was left with fourteen students. In 1934, French was also added to the curriculum. With the help of benefits, raffles, bingos and plays, in addition to tuition, the school was able to remain open and increase its size over the years. In 1943, the school was reopened on the Champs de Mars in downtown Port-au-Prince. It was also in this year that the school was renamed Union School, and the school policy was changed to accept qualified students of all nationalities. Through constant fundraising and the increasing enrollment, the school was able to construct a building on Harry Truman Boulevard, in Bicentenaire, 1954.

In 1987, Union School operated out of the building that now houses the Karibe Hotel in Juvénat, and in 2001, it moved to its newly-constructed campus. Over the years our school has grown to incorporate other English speakers in the community, including dependents of business people, foreign diplomats, international organizations and local residents.

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Union School’s downtown campus and Marie Bogat, USH Director, 1973

Mission

The mission of Union School Haiti is to continue to inspire a culture of life-long learning that encourages academic excellence and personal integrity. Our U.S. Accredited program is intended to prepare our community of learners to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century.

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Vision

The Union School Haiti will be a locally and internationally recognized community of academic and personal excellence.

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Accreditation through SACS

Fully accredited by SACS (the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) since 1962, Union School holds membership in the Association of Colombian-Caribbean American Schools, the Association of the Advancement of International Education, National Association of Secondary School Principals and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the Tri-Regional Association of American Schools (Mexico, Central America, Colombia, and the Caribbean.

Our school accreditation is renewed every seven years based on the evaluation of expert educators appointed by the U.S. Department of Education.It is mandated that the entire operation system of the school is reviewed. Our administration has generally been pleased with expert committee’s commendations, and has always worked hard to follow its recommendations well.

Report of the External Review for UNION SCHOOL HAITI (.pdf)

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School Environment

Union School is dedicated to providing a welcoming and accepting school climate. During the 2010/2011 school year, we worked with our student, parent and teacher communities in order to form a School Climate Action Plan.

 

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Academic Excellence

We strive to provide an up-to-date, inquiry-based, and technologically-relevant curriculum which leads our students towards higher education and their individual potential. Our school provides varied educational environments in which to address unique learning needs. Union School believes in a learning process which addresses the total development of the student: cognitive, social, moral, cultural, and physical.

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Our Philosophy

Union School is committed to meeting the needs of students from diverse cultural backgrounds, offering a program that focuses on excellence in academics and all other areas of their lives.  We provide our students, an American curriculum with particular emphasis on Haitian history and culture.  This program recognizes that education is a life-long process through which individuals continually acquire skills, develop abilities, and increase their potential.  We emphasize the importance of acquiring fluency in oral and written English at all levels, and obtaining proficiency in French.

We strive to provide an up-to-date, inquiry-based, and technologically-relevant curriculum which leads our students towards higher education and their individual potential.  Our school provides varied educational environments in which to address unique learning needs.  Union School believes in a learning process which addresses the total development of the student: cognitive, social, moral, cultural, and physical.

Working together, our school community empowers students to pursue excellence, explore the consequences of their actions, and to take meaningful risks.  We encourage our students to become responsible citizens and leaders, who hold true to democratic values.

 

 

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Our Core Values

At Union School, we encourage the positive development of responsible behaviors that are based on the following core values:

Honesty – the personal honor and dignity, which will promote social well-being. An honest person is genuine and has a good reputation.
Responsibility – the ability to tell right from wrong and to make reliable, trustworthy decisions based upon that knowledge.
Courage – the strength to make a decision for yourself and stand up for what is right. Courageous people stand up for those who are oppressed and against injustice and peer pressure.
Empathy – the ability to put oneself in someone else’s place in order to better understand the other person.
Respect – the ability to feel or show esteem for, to honor.

Throughout the school year, we participate in activities that specifically aim to grow and strengthen the core values listed above.

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Beyond the Classroom

It is important to us that our school plays an active role in our surrounding community. Our students have many outreach opportunities off of campus, in which they learn essential community-building and leadership skills. On campus, our After-School Activities program helps students refine their skills in soccer, basketball, karate and chess. We host events and work collaboratively with the Children of Haiti Project, H.E.R.O, J’aimeHaïti and Special Olympics Haiti. We also work closely with the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince throughout the year on events outside the classroom.

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