Colegio San José, Arequipa, Peru

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Colegio San José
Av. Alfonso Ugarte 977
Arequipa,  Peru
Type Private
Motto Ser más, para servir mejor
(Be more, to serve better)
Established 1898
Grades Preschool – secondary
Affiliations Catholic, Jesuit

Colegio San José is a private Catholic school located in Arequipa, Peru. The school was founded in 1898 by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and provides instruction at the preschool, primary and secondary levels, it is a selective school that excels in academics and athletics. It has the second largest campus of all the schools in Perú, and it is also the second oldest school in town, after Sagrados Corazones. The school currently competes with Prescott School, Lord Byron School, and Max Uhle.[1]


The first Jesuit school in Arequipa was founded in 1578 under the name Colegio de Santiago but was soon closed by Viceroy Francisco de Toledo, who opposed the school. However, Toledo was deposed in 1781 and the school re-opened. It remained in operation until 1767, when Charles III of Spain expelled all Jesuits from Peru.

The present school opened in 1898 in the Plaza de Santa Marta. The name "Colegio San José" actually resulted from the confusion that followed when a school in Ecuador sent an oil painting to Arequipa as a gift and the packaging reference the city San José, where a similar package had headed. The viceprovincial, Father Ildefonso del Olmo, SJ, assumed the reference indicated the chosen name of the new school. In 1956 the school moved to its present location on Avenida Alfonso Ugarte.[2]


The school has an alumni association called ASIA-San José, part of the Latin American Confederation of Jesuit Alumni. (ASIA is an acronym for the Latin Antiqui Societatis Iesu Alumni, or Society of Jesus Alumni.)

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Colegio San José". Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Historia del Colegio". Colegio de San José. Retrieved 6 December 2011.