Colegio Jorge Washington is a private, coeducational day school which offers an educational program from nursery through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. 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 runs from early August until late June.
Organization: The school is governed by a board of directors elected to three-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 COGNIA, 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 2022-2023 school year, Colegio Jorge Washington has 194 total staff including 69 teachers, 19 of whom are U.S. citizens, 46 host-country nationals, and 4 third-country nationals. Our faculty and staff represent 5 nationalities, including Colombia, USA, Canada, Germany, and El Salvador.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year, enrollment was 747 (CT – Nursery: 84, PK – G5: 336, G6 – G8: 144, G9 – G12: 183). Of the total, 102 were U.S. citizens, 635 were host-country nationals, and 10 were third-country nationals.
Facilities: The main campus is located on the outskirts of the city with three independent, self-contained wings for elementary, middle school and high school. Within these three wings, there are three science laboratories, a music room, a central two-story library, two AV rooms, three computer labs, and two learning centers for children with diagnosed learning disabilities. Sports facilities include four outdoor multi-use courts, two full-sized soccer fields, a softball diamond, and an air-conditioned coliseum that serves both their sports and fine arts programs. The modern preschool facility for two to five-year-olds is located in the city within close proximity to residential neighborhoods.
Finances: In the 2022-2023 school year, approximately 97% of the school’s income derives from tuition and other fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: Nursery $3,458, PK $8,232, K $8,232, 1st Grade $8,791, 2nd Grade $8,791, 3rd Grade $8,791, 4th Grade $8,791, 5th Grade $8,791, 6th Grade $8,791, 7th Grade $7,064, 8th Grade $7,125, 9th Grade $6,904, 10th Grade $6,601, 11th to 12th Grade $6,460. An additional one-time registration fee of $18,000. An additional one-time registration fee of $18,000 is required per child. School fees are payable in Colombian pesos. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars at the current exchange rate.)
Special Needs: Download the Special Needs Profile (2023 Special Needs- Colombia, Cartagena) for this school to learn more about their capability to support students with exceptionalities.
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