About the Schools


The Ellis School

Everything there is to know about our school can be found at our web site. Check it out!


Yugla Gymnasium

In Latvia, there is a public school called Yugla Gymnasium, which is located in the country's capital city, Riga. It is co-ed, and the students must take three languages (plus their "mother tounge"), geography, math, sports, arts, etc. Extracurrilcuar activities are also available: choir, theater, and a instrumental ensemble. If there is a dance, parents must be the sponsors.

The students, grades 1-12, don't have a uniform and go to school five days a week. There are 25-30 students per class. Older children start the school day at 7:45 A.M., while younger students start at 8:30 A.M., and the day ends from 2-3 P.M. They also pay for lunch. School is not attended from June to August and there is a week off in October and March. In the faculty, there areTEN women teachers to every male. Homework per night can go up to 4 hours.

Yugla Gymnasium has no official web site, but can be contacted through the Global Perspectives site.


Mann/Franklin/Jefferson/Lincoln Madison Middle Schools

Mann Middle School is named for Horace Mann, a famous educator. It is one of the six middle schools in Abilene and was born in 1961. It is a public school, open to everyone. It accepts all races, religions, and creeds.

Mann serves students in the 6th through 8th grades, boys and girls. Our student body is 668 students. Mann has 73 more-than-excellent teachers. We have Internet access in the library, in our gifted and talented class, and in 2 of the 3 computer labs it contains.

We are the Falcons, and our colors are red and white!

--by Vanessa and Alexis


Franklin Middle School is a public school located in the city of Abilene, Texas. The population is over 700 hard-working students. FMS was built during World War II, and was named after Benjamin Franklin. Our colors are maroon and white. We have two computer labs, both fully equipped for the Internet. Our library is also equipped for Internet access. FMS has about 85 faculty and staff members.

We have some of the most athletically talented kids in Abilene and an undefeated "B" football team. We have a coed campus, our teachers are the best, and we welcome all students.

--by Daniel and Rebecca

Franklin is a middle school that is part of an independent school district. It is located in Abilene, Texas and has an overall student population of about 720 students. It contains the grades 6-8 and is a public school for both girls and boys. In every grade, there are two separate teams containing about the same number of teachers for both teams.

Students are given access to the Internet and other computer resources. Each student is required to take English, Math, History, and Science classes, and is given the choice of many electives (including Band, Choir, Orchestra, General Mechanics, and Career Investigations).

At Franklin, there are high standards and challenging subjects, but they are also enjoyable. They also challenge the kids who need special help. The students of FMS (Franklin Middle School) can learn many new things as the year passes.

--Sharon and Ginell


Our school was named after the President Thomas Jefferson. It is fifty-six years old. Our school colors are blue and white, and our mascot is a coyote. There are 688 students in the school. (352 are boys, and 336 are girls.)

We are located at 1741 South 14th Street in Abilene, Texas. The sports that we play are football, cross country, volleyball, basketball, and baseball.

In our Learning Resource Center, we have Internet access on the computers. We have computers in our math and reading labs, and two computer labs. There are 67 certified teachers, 11 paraprofessional teachers, and 15 other staff. Our school goes from 6th to 8th grade. We have an advanced math class and music programs such as Choir, Orchestra, and Band.

--By Chevon


Lincoln Middle School is one of six 6th-8th grade schools in Abilene, Texas. The student population is very even. 424 boys and 423 girls attend Lincoln. There are a total of 847 students, making Lincoln the largest middle school in town.

We participate in competitive sports like cross-country, volleyball (girls only), football (boys only), basketball, tennis, and track.

Lincoln Middle School has access to the Web in the LRC and through the 8th grade computer lab. There are 66 certified teachers and 40 other employees who work at LMS. There are 287 6th graders, 289 7th graders, and 271 8th graders.

Lincoln is a wonderful place to go to school and also to have fun. This year Lincoln's Student Council is sponsoring 4 dances and several dress-up days. Sports events are well-attended.

--by Corrie


Madison Middle School was named for James Madison, the nation's fourth President. It was built in the early 1960s. Our mascot is the Bison, and our colors are orange and white. We say the Pledge of Allegiance every Monday and have a clean school, great teachers, and about 700 students. Our principal is very nice.

Our tennis team and "B" football team came in second place this in the city. Our 7th and 8th grade students may play volleyball, basketball, track,
football, tennis, or cross country. We have choir, band, and orchestra, also. We feed into Cooper High School, one of two high schools in Abilene.

Our days begin at 8:05 and last until 3:25, not including after-school practice for athletics. We don't have to wear uniforms, but we have a dress
code. We have eight periods a day. They are 45 minutes long, each with a 5-minute passing time. Overall, we really enjoy Madison.

--by David, Whitney, and Sarah T.


Ceylon Hotel School & School of Tourism

CHS&ST is a coed, public school, with all units located in an urban community. It is operated by the central government as opposed to local government, and they have five units distributed around the Island. The school is a technical training institute training young school leaders to take up employment in the hotel and tourism fields. Students are placed locally & internationally in employment. Main subjects include hotel reception, hotel housekeeping, food and beverage operations, and professional cookery. Students are taught at three levels: basic, intermediate and advanced. The full program can take up to four years of full time studies. Additionally they teach Sri Lanka studies (culture history, fauna and florta of the country), personal and professional development, French, German, Japanese, English, Financial Management, supervisory techniques, human resources management, law & legislation, maintenance, interior decor etc.

The extracurricular activities offered at CHS&ST areL sports (such as crickety, football, badminton, rugger) and as a coincidence each class does a term end play. They too wear uniforms, and dress code is srtict with regard to hygiene, hair cuts etc. CHS&ST has students at 1st, 2nd, 3rd and fourth year. In all the five locations annually about 1000 students study. They attend school 6 days a week from 8.30 am to 3.45 pm. In advanced classes some students stay till 11.00 pm. Lunches are provided, but only at actual restaurant practical sessions. They have vacation from mid-November to February. The average class size is 24 students at basic levels, 18 - 20 students at intermediate & 12 - 15 students at advanced levels. They have dances as well as other stuff. There are also student magazines, competitions trips, etc.,. The ratio of males to females in hefaculty is about 1:1. They get anywhere from none to 1 hours of homework anight. You can learn more about this school at its web page.

by Lesley


Lycée Pasteur

The Lycée Pasteur is the Franco-Brazilian school in São Paulo, Brazil. There are about 1000 students enrolled from Kindergarten to High School. It caters for children of French nationality whose parents have been posted abroad for some years , for the Franco-Brazilian community in the city and for anyone interested in being educated in this system.

Classes are given in both languages, French and Portuguese and as from middle school and emphasis is given on language learning. The students are taught English and can choose between Spanish and German. Latin is also a possible option. For more information, visit our home page!

Now you can also visit the English department's web site, with links to the project!!