International School Nido de Aguilas
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|International School Nido de Aguilas|
|Avenida El Rodeo 14200, Lo Barnechea
|School type||Private School, International School|
|Founders||Dr. Stevenson and Juanita Stevenson|
|Headmaster||Dr. Ralph Maurer|
|Enrollment||1802 (26 July 2013)|
|Language||Primary English, Secondary Spanish|
|Hours in school day||PK-K1: 7:45am-12:30pm; K2-5: 7:45am-2:25pm; Middle-High School: 7:45am-3:10pm|
|Sports||basketball, volleyball, swimming, water polo, rugby, field hockey, track & field, trail running, gymnastics, dance, cheerleading and soccer|
The International School Nido de Aguilas offers an English language-based, liberal arts education, influenced by U.S. and Chilean thought and tradition, that prepares students to be eloquent communicators and impactful stewards of a rapidly changing world. Nido students:
- Engage in authentic, consequential experiences, learn by doing, and are accustomed to taking risks.
- Master a rich curriculum while acquiring the skills to communicate across multiple fields, disciplines, and cultures.
- Build their own personalities fully, nurturing their strengths and passions.
Approaching life and work with complete attention, involvement, curiosity, and the responsibility to make a positive difference in the world.
Creative problem solving through experimentation, collaboration, research, and play.
Adjusting to and thriving in a complex, rapidly changing world.
Treating others with empathy, kindness, and respect in both word and action.
Choosing to pursue happiness as a life goal with an awareness that some of the journey will be difficult, requiring self-knowledge and fortitude.
Campus and Location
Nido de Aguilas is located on a spacious 130-acre, park-like setting in the foothills of the Andes mountain range, approximately 20 minutes from downtown Santiago in Lo Barnechea. The school is situated in one of the newest and most popular housing areas in Santiago and is the residential location of choice for many Nido families. The Early Childhood Center (Pre-Kinder to Kinder 2), the Elementary School(Grades 1 to 5), the Middle School (Grades 6 to 8), and the High School (Grades 9 to 12) programs are housed in separate facilities, and each has its own designated staff including principals, teachers, counselors, and support staff. In addition to classrooms, the campus facilities include two multi-purpose halls, a modern library/media center, science laboratories, computer labs, a theater/fine arts center (including a 735-seat theater, instrumental music rooms, vocal music rooms, art rooms, and dance studio), two MakerSpaces, counseling and college admissions offices, two cafeterias, a nursing/first aid center, several playground areas, a double-size gymnasium, weight training and fitness facility, two sports fields, an all-weather track, an outdoor education center, and an indoor aquatics center. The Admissions Office is located in the Administration Building adjacent to the school’s main parking lot.
Nido de Aguilas was founded in 1934 as a private, co-educational, non-sectarian, non-profit day school rooted in the best traditions of Chilean and North American education. Today, Nido serves over 1800 students from more than 50 countries and offers a comprehensive liberal arts, college preparatory educational program from PreKinder (age three) through Grade 12. Nido is the official U.S. State Department. Office of Overseas Education School in Chile andserves the international business and diplomatic communities as well as Chileans seeking a North American style of education. Current student enrollment is composed of 17% from the U.S., 43% from the host country Chile, and 40% from other countries.
All classes are taught in English except for Spanish language classes, which are required at all grade levels from Kinder 2 to Grade 12. Nido offers English-language acquisition support for non-native English speakers with limited proficiency, although entrance to Upper Elementary, Middle, and High School grades require prerequisite levels of English proficiency. The school offers limited learning support for children with learning differences. The High School offers three programs of study: the North American/Nido Diploma, the IB (International Baccalaureate) Diploma, & the Chilean National Diploma (Licencia de Enseñanza Media (Mineduc). Students are prepared to apply to and be accepted to college and universities both in Chile and abroad.
The academic year comprises two semesters extending from late-July to December and mid-February to June. There is a five-week break during June and July, and the Southern Hemisphere summer vacation (semester break) runs from mid-December through mid-February.
The International School Nido de Aguilas is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School and is accredited by the New England Association of Colleges and Schools (U.S.A) as well as the Chilean Ministry of Education. Memberships are held in the International Baccalaureate Organization and the National and International Association of College Admissions Counselors.
Nido de Aguilas was founded in 1934 as a private, co-educational, non-sectarian, non-profit day school rooted in the best traditions of Chilean and North American education. The school was founded by Dr. Waldo Stevenson and Juanita Stevenson, with the aim of providing a high level education in English coupled with environmental awareness. The campus has been moved three times since the establishment of the school. The first campus was located in the neighborhood of Santiago known as La Legua. The second campus resided in what is now known as La Reina. In 1962, it moved to its current location in Lo Barnechea. Originally situated well outside the built up areas of Santiago, it is now surrounded by residential areas.
Nido de Aguilas is governed by a Board of Directors of from 9 to 13 members. Of these, four must be US citizens, four must be Chileans, and one is an appointee of the US Ambassador. The Board is self-perpetuating, meaning that vacancies on the Board are elected by the current members of the Board rather than by general elections of the parent community. The Board has a Nominating Committee that solicits interested members of the school community for possible election to the Board. Criteria for election to the Board include professional expertise and/or experience that complements the backgrounds of those already on the Board (i.e. finance, legal, engineering, education, business administration, personnel), equitable distribution of members with children at different grade levels throughout the school, and travel and work schedules that enable members to attend regular Board and Committee meetings. Board Members must be parents of currently enrolled students. Board Members are elected for three years terms and may stand for re-election. The Board's primary responsibilities are major policy development, financial oversight and approval of the annual budget, and selection and evaluation of the Headmaster, who serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the school.
Day-to-day operations within each of the educational subdivisions are the responsibility of the Headmasters and the administrative team, who use Board-approved policies to guide administrative decision making.
Nido de Aguilas has been known for its sports programs throughout the years. Competing in the South American Athletics Conference (SAAC) tournaments, Copa La Dehesa and local competitions each year are their basketball, volleyball, swimming, water polo, rugby, field hockey, track & field, trail running, gymnastics, dance, cheerleading and soccer teams. The school offers more than 26 competitive sports teams for boys and girls in grades 6-12 and a host of after school clubs and activities for students from grades K2-12.