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International School Nido De Aguilas   Dr. Clifford Strommen, Headmaster
International School Nido de Aguilas
Casilla 16211, Correo 9
Santiago, Chile
Tel: 56-2-216-6842
Fax: 56-2-216-7603
E-mail: mail@nido.cl

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 school year comprises 2 semesters extending from July to July. Summer vacation is from mid-December through mid-February. A summer session extends for a 4-week period during the month of January for all who wish to enroll.

Organization: The School is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of a minimum of 9 members and a maximum of 13, elected for 3-year terms by the Educational Foundation Nido de Aguilas, the sponsor of the School. The School is not incorporated in the United States nor is it tax-exempt. It is officially recognized by the Chilean Ministry of Education.

Curriculum: The curriculum is that of U.S. general academic, college-preparatory public schools. The International Baccalaureate program is also offered. The curriculum fulfills the Chilean requirements, enabling graduates to enter Chilean universities. Instruction is in English with selected courses offered in Spanish and French. Programs for moderate learning disabilities and gifted and talented students, as well as Spanish and English as second languages, are offered. There is an extensive computer science program offered in all grades. Band, chorus, and orchestra are offered in the middle and high schools in addition to the Suzuki program offered at all levels. The extra-curricular program includes drama, music, student government, and sports, among others. Most of the graduates go on to colleges and universities in Chile, the United States, and other countries. The School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Faculty: There are 104 full-time and 10 part-time teachers in the 1998-99 school year, including 40 U.S. citizens, 62 Chileans, and 12 persons of other nationalities.

Enrollment: Enrollment at the beginning of the 1998-99 school year was 1,074 (PK-Kdg.II: 203; grades 1-5: 361; grades 6-8: 210; and grades 9-12: 300). Of the total, 256 were U.S. citizens, 459 were Chileans, and 359 were children of 31 other nationalities. Of the U.S. enrollment, 36 were dependents of U.S. government employees, 148 of U.S. business employees, 13 of religious organization employees, and 59 of other private U.S. citizens.

Facilities: The school plant, situated on 119 acres of land, is located outside the city in the foothills of the Andes. The library has 23,809 volumes. There are 4 tennis courts, 2 soccer fields, a fully-equipped gymnasium/assembly hall, 2 outdoor basketball courts, a softball field, 4 science laboratories, 4 computer laboratories, 3 art rooms, 3 music rooms, a cafeteria, a multipurpose center, a Human Resource Center, a Counseling Center and an Optimal Learning Center.

Finances: In the 1998-99 school year, about 75% of the School's income derives from regular day school tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK-Kdg.I: $1,668; Kdg.II.: $6,612; grades 1-5: $7,292; and grades 6-12: $7,540. Tuition is payable in U.S. dollars or local currency at a flexible exchange rate. There is also a one-time incorporation payment fee based on a consumer index of inflation of $7,107 for the first child. Each additional child pays a graduated incorporation fee. (All the above fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)

This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. The Office of Overseas Schools (A/OPR/OS) may have more detailed information. Prospective users of the schools may wish to inquire further with A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the-minute information regarding curriculum, special programs, and the like.