Colombia, Cartagena: Colegio Jorge Washington

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Date: 01/10/2012 Location: Colombia Cartagena Description: Colegio Jorge Washington - State Dept Image
Date: 01/10/2012 Location: Colombia Cartagena Description: Colegio Jorge Washington - State Dept Image






Colegio Jorge Washington is a private, coeducational day school which offers an educational program from nursery through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. It also has a new program called “Circle Time” for two year old children from 1:00-5:00 pm. English language instruction begins in prekindergarten as a program of instruction for children with little or no English language capability. The School was founded in 1952. The school year comprises 3 trimesters extending from early August until late June.

Organization: The School is governed by a 7-member Board of Directors elected to 2-year terms by the Colegio Jorge Washington Parents Association, which sponsors the school. Membership in the association is automatically conferred on the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the School.

Curriculum: The curriculum is that of a U.S. college-preparatory school. Instruction is in English and Spanish. A dual program prepares students for both the U.S. high school diploma and the Colombian Bachillerato degree. The School is accredited by the AdvancedED SACS CASI and by the Colombian Ministry of Education. Graduation rate is 100% and students go on to colleges and universities in the United States, Colombia, and Europe.

Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 93 full-time faculty members.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 692 (Preschool (N-K): 132; grades 1-5: 259; grades 6-12: 301).

Facilities: Facilities include a mini-campus with playground and computer lab for the maternity-kindergarten. Located on the outskirts of the city is a main campus (20 acres) with 3 independent, self-contained wings for grades 1-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Within these 3 wings, one will find 3 science laboratories; a central, 2-story library with 2 AV rooms; 3 computer labs, and 2 learning centers for children with diagnosed learning disabilities. Sports facilities include 4 outdoor multi-use courts, 2 full-sized soccer fields, 1 softball field and an air-conditioned coliseum that serves both our sports and fine arts programs.

Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, approximately 97% of the School’s income derives from tuition and other fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: nursery: $2,951; PK: $5,770 and K – grade 12; $5,639. An additional donation based on an average of $1,219 per grade is required. School fees are payable in Colombian pesos. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars at the current exchange rate.)

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