WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?
Since our founding in 1961, we have striven for academic excellence by offering quality learning through IB programmes. This has positioned us as one of the most experienced institutions in bilingual education in the country. Our greatest strength is to have native teachers coming mainly from the UK so that students have comprehensive learning to develop in a multicultural environment and to be prepared for the challenges of the future.
Additionally, from Grade 5 onwards, we offer French as a third language and international exchanges through the Round Square programme of which we are members.
MODEL OF TEACHING
In addition to being leaders in the implementation of new pedagogical practices, the IB programmes (PYP, MYP, and DP) allow us to offer a competitive international education.
The fundamental objective of the International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes is to train people with an international mentality who contribute to creating a better and more peaceful world, aware of the condition that unites them as human beings and of their shared responsibility to look after the planet.
Students who obtain the International Baccalaureate Diploma have different benefits at various national and international universities such as immediate admission to the chosen programme, scholarships, and/or homologations of subjects taken in the Diploma.
We are pioneers in obtaining authorisation to implement the Diploma Programme and we are currently one of the few schools to offer the complete IB programme.
LEARNING SUPPORT DEPARTMENT
Aware of the individuality and particular needs of our students to learn and develop in the academic, personal, and social fields, the school has a Learning Support Department comprised of an interdisciplinary team (speech therapists, occupational therapists, and psychologists) that, within a philosophy of inclusion and differentiation, generate different strategies so that students can maximise their full potential.
In some cases, they are referred for support from external professionals in order to work together at home and at school and improve the learning process of the students.
We have renovated our facilities allowing better support of the curriculum and new learning strategies. Our premises position us as one of the schools that care most about investing in their facilities to offer more and better quality services.
Our goal is that all people who have studied at some point in their lives in our school, live the values and beliefs that we promote.
Therefore, we strive to have a strong training policy and a trained staff committed to the ideals of the school.
AWARDS AND ACCREDITATIONS
- The English School is one of only 4 schools in Colombia to have obtained the 5-star Level of Excellence recognition by the European Foundation of Quality Management (EFQM).
- The English School is one of the fifty schools in Colombia to have obtained the AAA rating in the annually published Sapiens Group research.
- We are also members of the Council of International Schools (CIS) and Round Square.
- We are the first school in the country to have obtained KiVa certification, a Finnish antibullying programme.
SPORTS AND EXTRACURRICULARS
We know that we can transform society with recreational activities for students. That is why we offer more than 41 activities related to proper free time management through the extracurricular activities programme as well as sports schools (escuelas deportivas) free of charge.
Throughout the school year, we participate in sports tournaments for different disciplines and categories organised by different associations such as UNCOLI, ACCBI, and the British International Games.