Colegio Americano de Quito
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The Fundación Colegio Americano de Quito or Colegio Americano de Quito (American School of Quito) is a private college preparatory school in Quito, Ecuador. It was founded by the former president of Ecuador and the president of the Organization of American States (OAS) Galo Plaza Lasso in 1940.
The American School of Quito opened its doors on October 14, 1940 to 162 students. The first directors were Robert E. and Mrs. Hazel J. Tucker, who had just arrived from the United States. The founders of the school lived in a time characterized by the fascist movements in Europe, represented in Ecuador and other South American nations by the German and Italian schools operating there. The two founders wanted to counter this. They had a vision of educating the youth of Ecuador in democratic values knowing these students would become the future leaders.
Th American School has 2,116 students from Pre-Kindergarten to Twelfth Grade. Among these students are the children and grandchildren of founding families. The school is co-educational, non-religious and is a non-profit foundation. It is accredited by AdvancED and the Ecuadorian Ministry of Education and Culture. It is recognized by the International Baccalaureate Organization and offers both I.B. Programmes: Middle Years and Diploma. American School graduates can obtain three diplomas: a high school diploma accredited in the United States, the Ecuadorian Bachillerato and the I.B. Diploma.
Every year students from high school vote for the Student Council. The student Council is a group of representatives for high school that run activities and organize events. Candidates from the Student Council come from 10th (Secretary), 11th (Vice-President) and 12th grade (President and Treasurer).
Model United Nations
The School hosts the largest Model United Nations in Spanish each year, which include local schools, thus contributing to the practice of democratic principles and the analysis of global and local issues in Ecuador.
- Francisco Carrion, Minister of Foreign Affairs for Ecuador;
- Rodrigo Borja, former President of Ecuador;
- David Davidovic, Vice-President at Merck, Genentech and Roche (pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies);
- Gian-Carlo Rota, mathematician and MIT professor,
- Gina Davidovic, President of Bay3000 Corporate Education, a corporate education institution in Canada and Australia.
- Rodrigo Paz, former mayor of Quito
- Freddy Ehlers, journalist, Minister
- Carlos Larreatequi, former Minister, Secretary of Communications, Chancellor of UDLA (Universidad de Las Americas)
- Santiago Gangotena, Chancellor of the San Francisco University (Universidad San Francisco de Quito)
- Frank Wilbauer, Director of the Red Cross, Ecuador
- Marcelo Aguirre, artist
- Mesias Maiguashca, musician and composer
- Edna Iturralde, author
- Guadalupe Mantilla, Director of the newspaper "El Comercio"
- Alvaro Mantilla, Director of the newspaper "Hoy"
- Diego Fernando Cordova, former Ecuadorian ambassador, filosopher and public speaker
"Ecuador to Get New U.S. School", New York Times, 29 September 1940, section 2, p. 5. col. 8.