Santiago College

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Santiago College
Santiago, Region Metropolitana
Type Private
Motto Education ennobles
Religious affiliation(s) Ecumenic
Established 1880
Headmistress Lorna Prado Scott
Faculty 450
Enrollment 1500
Average class size 25 students
Student to teacher ratio 3:1
Campus 40 ha.
Color(s) Blue and yellow
Athletics Rugby, soccer, basketball, handball, volleyball, hockey, swimming
Mascot None

Fundación Educacional Santiago College is a private educational (PK-12) institution founded in 1880 and located in Lo Barnechea, Santiago de Chile.


As a boarding school for girls, it was the first school in Chile to teach physical education to women. It was founded by American Methodist missionaries Ira H. LaFetra and his wife in 1880. It was the first Chilean school to teach girls physical education and sport and also subjects like Geology or Geography. In 1972, the school accepted boys and since then, it has been a girls and boy school.

Santiago College is a bilingual Chilean school with an international curriculum. It is recognized for providing top-level English instruction. Our school combines the Chilean national curriculum with the International Baccalaureate Programs Primary Years Program (PYP), Middle Years Program (MYP) and Diploma Program (IB), being part of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) since 1982. The vast majority of Santiago College students are Chilean nationals, though we do have students from many different countries. It is consider one of the top schools in Chile and one of the best in Latin America.

All PYP classes are taught in English except for Spanish, Religion, Physical Education (PE) and Art.

All MYP (Grades 6 to 8) classes are taught in English except for Religion, Physical Education (PE), Spanish, Technology and Art.

Almost all MYP and Diploma Program classes for 9th through 12th graders are taught in Spanish. However, all Santiago College graduates are expected to achieve a high level of proficiency in English.

In 2006, the school had a 100% pass rate in the IB Diploma English examinations.

The library subscribes to 30 periodical publications in Spanish and in English. Two of Chile’s most important newspapers, El Mercurio and La Tercera, are delivered daily.The Audiovisual Collection contains important documentary material and films on a wide variety of subjects.Users also may access the databases Brain Pop, BookFlix and Discovery Education Streaming.


It is a member of the International Baccalaureate Organization, and is accredited by other international as well as national associations.

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Coordinates: 33°25′23″S 70°36′11″W / 33.423°S 70.603°W / -33.423; -70.603