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Did you know that we were chosen as one of the 50 most innovative schools in the world? At Rochester, for many years we have been a forerunner in education by breaking with the old paradigm of memory learning and teacher-centered instruction. Under a unique educational model, we inspire and educate students to take charge of their lives with the world in mind. We anticipate the changing goals of contemporary society, using new and effective learning tools. With more than 60 years of tradition and an international focus, we confront the future head on, better prepared than any other educational institution in Colombia.

In our school, we involve the entire school community in the pursuit of quality. Our great desire is for every student to develop quality relationships, self-esteem, responsibility, and commitment. We strive for our students to learn more and better; develop competencies, attitudes, and values: learn social and affective strategies; and learn from and with others.

The Strength of Cooperative Learning

In our school, we involve the entire school community in the pursuit of quality. Our great desire is for every student to develop quality relationships, self-esteem, responsibility, and commitment. We strive for our students to learn more and better; develop competencies, attitudes, and values: learn social and affective strategies; and learn from and with others.

Cooperative learning at Rochester promotes:

1.Positive interdependence: Each member of the group perceives that what s/he does benefits others: “We sink or swim together.”

2. Individual and group responsibility:The group, as much as the individual, must be responsible for the development of individual and group tasks that enable the group to achieve its final goal; “Students learn together to perform better as individuals.”

3. Face-to-face interaction: Group members interact among themselves to develop cognitive and social skills.

4. Interpersonal skills and small group work: Group members develop competencies related to “effective leadership, decision making, trust building, communication, and conflict management and resolution”, among others.

5. Group processing: The groups reflect on whether they were able to attain their academic objectives and maintain effective working relationships, what actions contributed to the achievement of those objectives, and what they should change or improve for next time.

Curriculo de estudiantes

Our Curriculum

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Preescolar, 4 a 5 años

“Our youngest students develop linguistic competence naturally in English, as well as in Spanish, through the development of reading and listening skills. They are happy children who treat each other with respect, and who discover every day how fun it is to acquire new knowledge. The educational program integrates visual arts, dance, music, and various sports activities, including swimming. Additionally, they get to know different cultures while they learn new vocabulary and connect their learning to the real world. In our school, learning related to sustainability is always present.”

Marcela Muñoz, Director of Relations PreK-Grade 3

Colegio Rochester Niños Felices

Primaria Baja, 6 a 8 años

“In this stage, where children acquire greater awareness of themselves and their surroundings, we focus on strengthening physical and mental development. As such, learning is based on expanding foundational skills in Spanish and English, mathematics, science, internal responsibility, interpersonal relations, and contact with nature.”

María Consuelo Añez, Academic Director Prek-Grade 3

Estudiantes en Laboratorio Colegio Rochester

Primaria Alta, 9 a 10 años

“The students in 4th and 5th grades face dynamic challenges in each of their subjects. Practical and inquiry-based learning is part of everyday thinking in these grades, as continuous improvement in their work results from a natural desire or internal motivation and forms a part of the personal satisfaction of each student. During these two key years, we ensure that our students have the English language skills needed to achieve an A2 level on the TOEFL Primary ®. Likewise, we achieve excellent academic results on the SABER exam, applying the Integrated Visual Learning approach.”

Alejandro Patiño, Director of Relations Grades 4-8

Colegio Rochester Natación

Escuela Media, 11 a 13 años

“The academic program in Middle School aims to awaken our students’ interests in various subject areas. We channel their learning through their interests and developing integrated projects grounded in social and environmental sustainability. From the beginning of this level, we engage students in the use of appropriate tools in English and Spanish, so they can strongly develop and use their linguistic skills. By the end of eighth grade, we have a benchmark score of a B2 level on the TOEFL Junior® in order to be promoted to high school. The students discover their unique talents and values through our program that takes into account their needs, interests, and motivation. As an option, students can participate in study abroad programs and international events.”

Sally Torres-Brown, Director of Relations Grades 9-12

Bachillerato Colegio Rochester

Bachillerato, 14 a 17 años

“The development of virtues and values is alive and put into practice during the 14 years that our students are active members of the Rochester community. During this final stage, we are proud to have physically and mentally healthy adolescents who know how to carry themselves in public and are capable of solving real-world problems in various contexts, whether academic or personal. They are well-prepared to embark on their next journey, they have even developed computer software programs in JAVA and other applications. The healthy and courteous environment that they have fostered since they were little, renders the fruits of their labor and prepares them to attain a C1 level on the TOEFL iBT®. In addition, our students choose a third language of study to improve their intercultural awareness and understanding, communicative competence, and aspects of global citizenship. Many of our students take Advanced Placement (AP) courses, and all of them carry out a grade-level project in which they identify a real-world problem that pertains to our community and propose a solution. As an option, students can participate in a variety of cultural, scientific, and entrepreneurial events both locally and abroad. Our students have learned to debate, defend a point of view, and express their opinions and ideas in a friendly, respectful manner as well-rounded, global citizens. Each one of them finishes this final stage convinced that every child can succeed and be happy.”

Dana Pao, Academic Director Grades 4-12

Marcela Muñoz

Director of Relations PreK-Grade 3

M. Consuelo Añez

Academic Director Prek-Grade 3

Alejandro Patiño

Director of Relations Grades 4-8

Sally Torres-Brown

Director of Relations Grades 9-12

Dana Pao

Academic Director Grades 4-12

Location
By the Toll at Autonorte
Vereda Fusca
Chía, Cundinamarca
Colombia 250008

Contact Us
admisiones@rochester.edu.co
PBX: 749-6000 Ext. 2222 ó 2200
Cel: +57 (321)3714394