Academia Cotopaxi is a private, independent, coeducational day school which offers an American program of studies from preschool (beginning at 18 months) through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The School, founded in 1959, is located in the northern part of Quito. The academic year comprises 2 semesters extending from September to mid-February and mid-February to June.
Organization: The School is governed by a 9-member Board of Trustees representing parents and teachers, all of whom are automatically members of the Cotopaxi Academy Cultural Association, the sponsoring body which owns and operates the School. The School is recognized by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Education.
Curriculum: The curriculum is that of a U.S. college-preparatory school. The program is designed to meet the students’ intellectual, social, and psychological needs. Instruction is primarily in English, with Spanish taught both as a secondary and primary language. All subjects, other than Spanish classes, are taught in English. The staff includes a librarian, 3 guidance counselors, a college counselor, 2 learning disabilities teachers, 2 English-as-a-Second-Language specialists, a curriculum coordinator, a director of technology, a school psychologist, and a school nurse. The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma is offered in high school. The IB Primary Years Program (PYP) is offered at the elementary level. The School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is affiliated with the IB office in Geneva. In addition to the regular school program, Academia Cotopaxi offers a Spanish based pre-school program, IMAGINE, for children ages 18 months to 4.11 years of age at time of registration. In 2007, Brookdale College Ecuador opened an Overseas Campus of Broward Community College which is housed at Cotopaxi and offers the first U.S. accredited associate’s program in Quito.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 63 full time and 2 part-time faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 500 (PS-kdg.: 92; grades 1-6: 208; grades 7-12: 200).
Facilities: The School moved to the present, modern, 15-acre campus in 1991. The facilities include 64 classrooms; special facilities for preschool students; art rooms; a gymnasium; an enclosed heated pool; playing fields; an auditorium; 2 cafeterias; 4 science laboratories for biology, chemistry, and physics; and a music complex with band, orchestra, and vocal rooms. There are 4 class-size computer labs, two laptop mobile labs distributed between classrooms, and student-accessible computers in many classrooms and other locations. Digital projectors are standard in all classrooms, and SMART Boards and document cameras are in use throughout the school. The library/media center, the heart of the school, is divided into elementary and secondary sections. The library consists of over 35,000 volumes and has a wide variety of online resources.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, the tuition rates are as follows: nursery (IMAGINE): $3,465; PK: $7,425; kdg.: $13,115; grades 1-6: $14,525; grades 7-12: $17,250. The one-time capital fee is $4,000. The application fee is $300, and the registration fee is $475. Both fees are non-refundable. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)