Antilles Middle School (AMS) provides an English-language education for the dependents of military and civilian federal employees in Puerto Rico (PR). AMS is one of four Department of Defense schools on the island. The school is a member of the DoDEA Americas Mid-Atlantic District. AMS is located on the United States Army Garrison, Fort Buchanan and is situated within the metropolitan area of San Juan.
The middle school moved to the present 17-acre campus in 1992. The school consists of nine permanent buildings and two portable buildings providing more than 78,000 square feet. The buildings are configured in a circular pattern around the information center. The school embraces the middle school concept for grades 6-8. There are four “houses”/teams. Three are grade-level houses and there is a house for the core exploratory strand and a house for foreign language. Teachers and students are organized and grouped in interdisciplinary teams. By school year 2020-21, the portable buildings were removed.
The majority of the AMS staff are bilingual in Spanish and English. The AMS staff models lifelong learning with ongoing participation in integrating instructional technology and in post graduate course work.
The students at AMS participate in academic and athletic competitions around the island and at the national level. These competitions provide students the opportunity to interact with non-DoDEA students around the island and beyond. AMS students benefit from the partnerships and collaborations with stakeholder groups. The dependents of both military and civilian employees are able to participate in base middle school program activities through Child Youth Services.
Information from school webpage