El Camino Bilingual school began as an experiment, combining home schooling in English with teaching local Spanish-speaking children. In 2003 it began under a thatched roof, one room schoolhouse with several of the first missionary children of Loma de Luz Hospital, along with five gifted Honduran children. The first class consisted of local village students and missionary kids who had attended the village school together for two previous years. The home school curriculum was translated and taught bilingually in Spanish and English for more than 8 years.
As the years pass, the curriculum is modified to meet student needs with a mix of on-line classes, and courses taught by missionaries from Hospital Loma de Luz . Roughly 25 Honduran elementary students learn English as a foreign language for two afternoons each week, supplementing their public school elementary education.
In 2012, El Camino launched its first Kindergarten class with the goal of becoming a fully accredited bilingual school. With each new school year the subsequent grade will be added through the 12th grade. This commitment looms large, since each year, we need to maintain our team existing team of teachers and add new teachers to our team to accommodate the next grade year being added.
In 2003 the first classes began with a mix of 10 Honduran children from the 5th -10th grade homeschooling with the Mckenney kids and a couple other missionary children. This method served for about 8 years. The first year the small one room school room and the Champa served as the classrooms. In the following year the second larger classroom was built and this configuration comprised the school until 2011.
In 2011, having seen first hand the limitations of training kids beginning with 5th grade, when many limiting notions and habits are already engrained, we began El Camino in the current configuration, beginning with kindergarten. El Camino Kinder was built in 2011 from an old cattle feeding barn to prepare for the first year.
In 2012 we started our first Kindergarten class.
In 2013 we added 1st grade.
In 2013 we broke ground the future El Camino School building which will house grades 1-6th. This is a practically and beautifully designed structure with spacious classes and plenty of space for growing. We anticipate this campus will serve as the hub for community outreach and development, engaging young people in technical training classes and discipleship in the years to come.
In 2014 we added Pre-kinder and 2nd grade and enrolled fifty-five students in the Pre-K, K, 1st and 2nd grade classes. We also built a small tutoring room.
In 2015 we added 3rd grade and held classes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade on the first floor of the new El Camino School building. We enrolled 78 students in Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade.
In 2016 we finished a classroom on the second level of the new El Camino School building that was used for 2nd grade. We enrolled 94 students in Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade.
Each year we will add a grade as the children advance, which requires new teachers and aids to be added each year. Click here for our current staff needs.
Recreo (Recess) 2009
Students from the first Kindergarten class reading
Teachers with their young students 2012
Heading home after a school day in 2003
Angela and Linzy with three El Camino students in 2004