WHO WE ARE
In 1947 a small group of American and Colombian businessmen founded The Columbus School in order to provide a U.S. style education for expatriate children and Colombian children who sought an alternative to the predominantly parochial education that was prevalent in the mid 20th century. Our founding fathers envisioned the need to prepare their children for a world that would be increasingly “internationalizing” and pledged to prepare students to achieve academic excellence through critical and creative thinking, global mindedness and bilingualism.
Today our mission remains relatively un-changed as we provide college preparatory education for 1,500 students in grades K-4 through 12. Accredited by SACS-CASI (AdvancEd) since 1964, we offer both the American High School diploma as well as the Columbian Baccalaureate. Honor’s level studies are provided through the Advanced Placement Program. Our learning resource centers provide individualized attention for students with learning differences. In addition to the above-mentioned, we emphasize education in values and social responsibility.
Columbus School graduates attend a variety of universities around the world including top U.S. colleges such as Yale, Harvard, Tufts, Purdue and a host of other top schools. In Colombia, our students tend to study at one of four or five of the top schools in Medellin or Bogota, such as Los Andes and La Escuela de Engenieria.
For 14 years, and through three Schools, we provide our students appropriate development experiences with personalized guidance which allows them to discover and channel their academic, ethic and technological potentials and capabilities.
After graduating, our students receive a dual academic degree, earning both the "American High School Degree", and the Colombian Bilingual Academic Baccalaureate, the latter can emphasize on Pre-Engineering, Pre-Sciences or Humanities.
Values and social responsibility are the cornerstones of our educational program.
All of our students begin a professional academic program, both in Colombian universities and in different and prestigious foreign institutions.