Felix and Ivan Bagurskas’ mother.
Between 1980 and 1986 I attended Elementary School at UAS, which was then located at the street Dublín in Carrasco. Unfortunately I had to leave UAS since it did not offer a Secondary Uruguayan Program back then, and my family wanted me to have a complete Uruguayan education. The years went by, and with joy and satisfaction I chose UAS once again, but this time for my children.
Many reasons encouraged me to send my children to UAS. Not only because it has the best English program in the whole country, but also because it is the only school in Uruguay that offers a multicultural experience to every student. The fact that my children meet people and make friends from all over the world fulfills them as citizens and it is a differential quality that only happens in UAS.
Besides, being a school with fewer students has advantages other schools with more students are not able to provide. For example, students have the opportunity to have a more personalized attention, be well recognized, and well known by the whole staff. By this, teachers can get to know the student’s potentials and characteristics, and incites them to give the best they can. The multicultural diversity which is also present by the teachers is a positive factor of influence in the kids’ development, since they give them the best experiences lived by them in every place of the world.
By being Uruguayan parents we have the advantage that our kids have better possibilities through the Uruguayan Program which offers them opportunities in the country as well. Finally, I want to emphasize the modern and advanced facilities, they remind me of other American Schools I studied in my later years. It truly is a first class school, and I am more than glad my kids are students at UAS.
When I started attending UAS there were only 5 American students, this included myself and the Ambassadors two sons. My father was the new Director of AID and we arrived at the same time as the new Ambassador (Mr. Hoyt). Both our families thought it important to encourage the American families living in Uruguay to send their children to UAS so we were the examples. My mother became very active with the PTO and helped change many rules from the more European style of doing things, such as requiring young boys to wear uniform shorts all year to allowing us to wear long pants. By the time I started 7th grade we were no longer forced to wear uniforms at all, as well as the High School students. You have to remember that this was the late 60′s and young people were starting to rebel all over the world and we wanted to emulate students living in the States. Also, new students arriving would bring the latest trends and styles with them. By the time we left four years later, the school was about 50% American and 50% Uruguayan.
Those years we spent in Uruguay are some of the most fond I have. We really loved living there. Keep up the work on the alumni website as I am sure there are many of us that would like to reconnect.