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 has two semesters, from late July to mid-December and from mid-February to mid-June. 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 nine members and a maximum of 13, elected for three-year terms. Nido is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School and is accredited by the New England Association of Colleges and Schools (U.S.A) as well as the Chilean Ministry of Education.
Curriculum: The curriculum offers a U.S.-based, college-preparatory course of study leading to a U.S., Chilean, and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma. All classes are taught in English except Spanish language classes, which are required at all grade levels from kindergarten through grade 12. Nido offers special classes to support non-native English speakers, with some programs requiring an additional fee. Advanced instructional technologies and teaching methods are used throughout the curriculum, including an advanced inquiry program in the elementary school that enables highly motivated students who would benefit from enrichment to engage in substantive and meaningful research, a bring your own device program which requires students in grades 6, 7, and 8 to bring their own iPad to school, and students in grades 9-12 to bring their own MacBook laptop computer, as well as discussion-based Harkness table classrooms in the high school. Art, band, orchestra, chorus, drama, and dance are offered in the middle and/or high schools, and general music in the elementary school. The extracurricular 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. Nido has the capabilities to serve children with minor learning needs and has faculty in the resource areas of reading, math, and English language acquisition. The Resource Center provides occupational therapy services to referred Nido students. There is also a Wellness Center used by students, staff, and parents for activities such as meditation, yoga, and mindfulness.
Faculty: In the 2020-2021 school year, there were 212 full-time faculty members and staff.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment was 1,674 (PK-1: 323; grades 2-5: 491; grades 6-8: 392; and grades 9-12: 468).
Admissions: Families must contact the admissions office at firstname.lastname@example.org or go online to www.nido.cl, to begin the admissions process. Families should contact admissions as soon as possible, as the school often has waitlists for many grades.
Facilities: The school is located on a spacious 153-acre park-like setting on the edge of the city in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. The media center has more than 36,000 volumes, and there is abundant technology for student and faculty use throughout the campus. There is an aquatics center, four tennis courts, soccer and baseball fields, a double-size gymnasium, a weight training facility, an all-weather track, two indoor basketball courts, two outdoor basketball/volleyball courts, two multipurpose halls, 13 science laboratories, two computer labs, three MakerLabs, a theater/fine arts center (including a 750-seat theater, instrumental music rooms, vocal music rooms, four art rooms, and a dance studio), two cafeterias, and two nursing/first aid centers.
Finances: Annual tuition rates for the 2020-2021 school year are approximately as follows: PK-KI: $9,500; K2-grade 12: $18,000 plus an annual registration fee of $1,050 per student. There is also a one-time capital incorporation fee per student of approximately $13,000 upon enrollment. (All fees quoted in U.S. dollars and are approximate, given the current exchange rate.)
Information and statistics are current as of September 2020 and provided by the school.