Mayatan Foundation and Bilingual School Established 1991

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Mayatan Bilingual School is a private school owned and operated by the Mayatan Foundation, a Honduran non-profit organization. Using Honduran and foreign teachers, the school offers instruction in English and Spanish to some 340 students from preschool through 12th grade. All students come from Copán Ruinas and neighboring communities, and about 45% of students receive financial aid. The school was founded in 1991 by mothers who wanted local children to learn English and receive a quality bilingual education. It is affiliated with U.S. 501(c)3 organization Hope for Tomorrow, Inc., and it is a member of the Association of Bilingual Schools of Honduras (ABSH).


Mayatan Bilingual School is dedicated to providing a diverse population of students with the best bilingual education possible, thereby giving them the tools to become active, responsible, and informed participants in their local, national, and global communities.

Keep Studying Hard, Seniors!Education for Students from All Backgrounds

Quality bilingual education is often well beyond the means of all but the wealthiest families in Honduras, where urban bilingual schools can cost as much as private schools in the United States. Public schools, the only option available to most families, are grossly underfunded and understaffed.

Mayatan aims to make an excellent bilingual education available, not just to the elite, but to students from middle- and low-income backgrounds. 45% of Mayatan students receive financial aid from the Mayatan Foundation or foreign and local businesses, organizations, and individuals. Moreover, our tuition is priced to meet the needs and abilities of families in Copán Ruinas.

Quick Mayatan Facts

  • Founded in Copán Ruinas, Honduras by Nora Arita in 1991
  • Hosts 340 Honduran students, grades Pre-Kindergarten to 12th
  • Students receive instruction in both English and Spanish
  • 45% of student body receives significant financial aid
  • 20 full-time foreign (English-speaking) teachers, 15 Honduran teachers
  • Equipped with a computer lab, English-language library, and wet science lab
  • Over 80% of high school graduates have continued on to higher education



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