DORADO ACADEMY'S HISTORY
Dorado Academy was founded in 1972 by a group of English-speaking neighbors of the Dorado del Mar community. It began as an elementary school, with thirty-three students from Kinder through 5th grade, as a response to the need for an English instruction private school in the town of Dorado and surrounding areas. Classes were initially conducted at the Dorado Beach Hotel premises. In 1973 the developers of Dorado del Mar granted the academy the use of the sales offices and the land around it for the development of the school.
Until 1980 the Dorado Academy was under the control of non-resident directors who developed a curriculum geared towards the needs of these English-speaking families, mostly officials of pharmaceutical companies. This began our long-time history with students who had an innate interest in STEM-related fields and established the collaboration and support from these companies with our school.
Shortly thereafter, a decrease in the number of English-speaking families moving into Dorado del Mar began to be evident, but at the same time, an increase of Spanish speaking families was adopting Dorado del Mar as their permanent primary residence and choosing Dorado Academy as their children’s school. This positioned our academy as one of the top English language schools of the island.
Today our school facilities are located on 100 Madre Perla street in Dorado del Mar across from the golf course. Our education services now extend from Pre-Kinder to the 12th grade. In May of 1993, Dorado Academy celebrated the graduation of its first Senior Class, this being a very significant event, both in social and educational terms, since all students were accepted by universities in Puerto Rico and the United States. Since then every graduating class has had a 100% college acceptance rate.