The International School Nido de Aguilas, founded in 1934, is a private, coeducational day school, which offers a comprehensive educational program from prekindergarten through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The academic year comprises 2 semesters extending from July 25 to December 16, 2011 and from February 20 to June 22, 2012. The long vacation is from December through mid-February, during the Chilean summer.
Organization: The School is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of a minimum of 9 members and a maximum of 13, elected for 3-year terms. The School is officially recognized by the Chilean Ministry of Education and accredited by AdvanceED (SACS - Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) in the United States.
Curriculum: The curriculum offers a U.S. based, college-preparatory course of study leading to a U.S., Chilean or International Baccalaureate diploma. All classes are taught in English except Spanish language classes, which are required at all grade levels from kindergarten to grade 12. Nido offers special classes to support non-native English speakers. However, entrance to upper elementary, middle and high school grades require prerequisite levels of English proficiency. French and introduction to Mandarin Chinese are offered at the high school. There is an extensive computer science program offered in all grade levels. Art, band and chorus are offered in the middle and high schools in addition to Suzuki violin and general music in the elementary school. The extra-curricular program includes drama, music, student government, sports and numerous clubs and community service activities. Nearly 100% of graduates go on to colleges and universities in the United States, Chile and other countries. Given the academic nature of the program, the school offers limited assistance at the elementary and middle school levels for children with basic remediation needs. Nido does not offer programs for students who have more serious learning disabilities or who have special physical or emotional needs. Other special programs include a gifted and talented program at the elementary level, English-as-a-Second-Language support at the elementary and middle school levels and a reading support program for elementary students.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 210 full-time faculty members and staff.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 1,610 (PK-K2: 259; grades 1-5: 554; grades 6-8: 365; and grades 9-12: 432).
Facilities: The School is located on a spacious park-like setting on the edge of the city in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. The library has 38,000 volumes and 40 student computers plus 29 laptops for use in the media center. There is an Aquatics Center, 4 tennis courts, soccer and baseball fields, a gymnasium, assembly hall, an all-weather track, 2 indoor basketball courts, 2 outdoor basketball/volleyball courts, 14 science laboratories, 5 computer labs, 5 art rooms, 5 music rooms, 2 cafeterias, a multi-purpose hall, a counseling center and an Optimal Learning Center for students requiring special assistance.
Finances: Annual tuition rates for the 2011-2012 school year are quoted in a local currency unit. Given the current exchange rate, tuition fees are equivalent to, in U.S. dollars, approximately: PK-KI: $9,756; K2-grade 12: $18,725. There is also a one-time capital incorporation fee of approximately $11,558 upon enrollment. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)