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International Education in Bogotá

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Although the public school system in Colombia is considered better than average for South America, by international standards it still comes up short. Thankfully the country is no stranger to international schools - the International Baccalaureate has been taught here since 1977.

The international school scene in Colombia is largely located in the capital, Bogota. However, international schools can also be found in the country’s regional cities including Cartagena, Medellin and Barranquilla.

Schools in Bogota tend to use the word ‘bilingual’ liberally as a selling point. Beware of this - a bilingual school may not be the same as an international one. A school can teach a handful of subjects through English and call themselves a bilingual school.

This does not mean that the curriculum, standards of teaching or accreditation are anything close to what you’ll find in an ‘official’ international school. If in doubt, look for schools affiliated with or accredited by the Council of International Schools, or the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

The school day in a typical international school in Bogota begins at around 7am and finishes up at 3pm. School buses are a fairly common offering and will begin at 6am. Extracurricular activities are also a standard feature and take place in the afternoons once lessons finish up. However, keep in mind that they may not be (and usually aren’t) included in school fees.

The academic year in Bogota’s international schools usually follows one of two calendars. ’Calendar A’ runs from January/February until November/December, with a break for Colombia’s summer months. ‘Calendar B’ begins in September and runs until June, similar to most international schools around the world. In some cases the calendar choice is determined at regional level, but for many schools it’s just a matter of preference.

International schools are in especially high demand in Bogota. It’s best to begin applying to schools as early as possible, well in advance of your move. Make sure all your paperwork, including your child’s previous schools reports, your visas and identification are all prepared.

You’ll find Bogota’s international schools scattered throughout the northern end of this sprawling city. Chapinero, Suba, Usaquen, and La Academia are all well represented by international schools.

As for curricula, the International Baccalaureate dominates in Bogota’s international schools. However you’ll also find a diverse range of other options, from American and British to Swiss, Italian, French and German.

Multilingualism is a common feature of many schools regardless of the curriculum. For IB and British schools, English and Spanish are the usual languages of instruction. Other international schools teach through the language of the country their curriculum is from, but will also commonly offer Spanish and sometimes additional languages too.

Below, we have compiled the top 5 international schools in Bogotá according to our users. However, there are another 14 schools to choose from in the city. You can find the best international school for your child by personalising your results. Just fill in your search criteria, and we will calculate a personal score for every international school in Bogotá based on your requirements.

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Buckingham School

We are a Bilingual School with a track record in international education motivated by our 5 pillars of value: Warmth, Quality, Innovation, Excellence and Transcendence. We encourage students to dream big and give them the best strategies to make their dreams come true.
Curriculum
IB
Languages of instruction
English, Spanish
Ages
3 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.

Best 5 International Schools in Bogotá

Out of a total of 19 International Schools in Bogotá.

Based on the aggregated preferences of our users in the last 30 days.

Knightsbridge Schools International Bogota

Knightsbridge Schools International Bogota is an IB World School, for students aged 4-18 years. The School is located in the north of Bogota on a 3.5 hectare campus, equipped with state of the art facilities. KSI has a commitment to student excellence, and we connect our students with experiences, perspectives, and people from all over the world. This allows us to provide a truly international curriculum and experience. Our students also benefit tremendously from our role as part of this network through deeper collaboration opportunities and greater access to resources. If you are looking for a school where your child can thrive and achieve both academic and personal growth.
KSI is characterised for being a school with few students, that way we can focus on everyone of them and help them grow. Also, it has been an advantage for the online programme; the students have contact with the teachers and haven't had the necessity to divide the groups to have the online classes.
Curriculum
IB
Languages of instruction
English, Spanish
Ages
4 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.

Colegio Gran Bretaña

Colegio Gran Bretaña a highly prestigious private, co-educational international day school situated in peaceful and attractive surroundings in the north of Bogota.
CGB offers The International Primary Curriculum (IPC), The National Curriculum of England, the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC), IGCSE and the IB Diploma Programme to a predominately expatriate student population.
Curriculum
IB, British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.

Gimnasio del Norte International School

Since 1977, Gimnasio del Norte has educated young people prepared for global society challenges and ready to positively impact their environments. We have belonged to the International Baccalaureate Organization since 1993, and we are one of the few Colombian schools that offer all their IB programs (IB Continuum): Primary Years Program, Middle Years Program, and Diploma Program. This way we facilitate our students’ development of all the attributes of the Program during their different growth stages. IB attributes. Our academic model adjusts to the philosophy of “Learn to Live!” Which interprets the students’ needs and transforms them into valuable experiences that power up their knowledge and prepare them for life.
Security and Well-Being
Our compromise with our student’s security and well-being is evident since the very instant they get in our buses, every of our school areas is thought and developed to guarantee the commodity, security and well-being of our community.
School Transportation
We count on the most secure school transportation in Colombia, and all of our buses meet higher security standards.
Facilities
Our facilities have been built on one single level, avoiding the usage of stairs in kids' and teens' commutes.
Green areas
We are the school with more green areas per student in the country. On their way out of our classrooms, kids and teens find themselves with wide gardens and sporting scenarios. We live and protect nature.
Curriculum
IB
Languages of instruction
English, Spanish
Ages
3 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.

The English School

The English School is an international school of British tradition that embraces intercultural learning, inclusion, and differentiation. Our community is committed to providing a safe environment that prioritizes the well-being and care of our students since 1961.
We are committed to fulfilling our mission statement “The English Way”, actively upholding as our core values RESPECT, TRUST, INTEGRITY and the principles of the IB learning profile. This is designed to prepare our students for the many opportunities and challenges life will bring, as well as to become agents of change for Colombia and the world.
Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.

Colegio Anglo Colombiano

Colegio Anglo Colombiano was founded in 1956 by a group of Colombian and British citizens. It is a private, coeducational, non-denominational international school based upon the British educational system.
Curriculum
IB
Languages of instruction
English, Spanish
Ages
4 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.

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