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Parent's Review of The Columbus School in
What is the name of your child's school? (Please report on one school per survey.)
The Columbus School
In what town or city is this school located?
How would you describe this school? (i.e. American, British, International, Local, etc.)
What grade levels are represented at this school?
K4 through 12
How do most children get to school everyday? (bus, train, walk, etc.)
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
At our first visit we were amazed. Facilities are beautiful. This school is one of the best schools (speaking only about facilities) in Colombia.
What has this school done to help your child transition from the curriculum in your home
country into the curriculum in your new country? Are there programs to prepare your child for repatriation?
Absolutely nothing...They are NOT prepared to have international children. The transition is anything but smooth.
They have a serious bullying problem, the kids at school are so mean to the new students and the school doesn't know how to deal with this problem.
The curriculum: It is suposed to be American but most of the new kids get really lost...be prepared to pay for tutors or extra curricular lessons...the school won't offer you any programs to prepare your child for the new curriculum.
How would you describe the social activities available for parents through this school? Are there parent-teacher organizations?
You can volunteer for field trips and VIDA. Vida is a program in which some moms come to their kids classroom to teach about moral values.
What advice would you give to someone considering enrolling their child in this school?
It will be a very difficult decision to make since this is the only international school in Medellin. My advice: try to visit other schools, that don't have strong bullying problems (you can still find some like Montessori and Cumbres). Your children will be safer and happier.
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