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, as well as subjects like Geology or Geography. In 1972 the school started accepting boys and it has been co-ed institution since then.

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, but there is a sizeable international student contingent. It is considered one of the top schools in Chile and one of the best in Latin America[citation needed].

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.

Campus Location and Controversy[edit]

The school was founded in October, 1880 at 17 Vergara Street in downtown Santiago[1], and in the ensuing years it subsequently moved into various, increasingly larger locations to accommodate the influx of new students. The Los Leones campus that was built in Providencia in 1932 housed the institution until 2013, when Santiago College moved to Los Trapenses neighborhood in Lo Barnechea, at the outskirts of Santiago. This move was highly controversial and created a schism in the school community.[2]


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

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Santiago College, Our History and Traditions.
  2. ^ "Quiénes forman los clanes que se enfrentan en el Santiago College", Economía y Negocios. Last Retrieved: April 15, 2007.

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