What is the name of your child's school? (Please report on one school per survey.)
Nido de Aguilas
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?
How do most children get to school everyday? (bus, train, walk, etc.)
bus or car
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
Excellent facilities including pool, sports fields, full-sized theatre. Good mix of sports and other after school activities.
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?
Nido is really the only proper international school in Santiago. It runs on the northern hemisphere calendar and has excellent counselors who work hard to help new students fit in. A high turnover due to families leaving prevents cliques forming, and there is next to none of the elitism and snobbishness you get in other private Santiago schools. Kids do tend to hang out with others of similar background, with 3 main groups - English speakers, Spanish speakers, and Asians. But they mix too. The curriculum is based on the US, but is more advanced than most state schools there. At the high school level the proportion of Chileans rises but English is still the main language and the academic subjects are taught by native speakers (again, unlike the other so-called bilingual schools in Santiago)..
How would you describe the social activities available for parents through this school? Are there parent-teacher organizations?
Quite an active PTA, although it tends to be dominated by non-working 'moms'. Given its geographical location, it's a bit hard to get involved if you work although they do hold important meetings in the evenings,
What advice would you give to someone considering enrolling their child in this school?
If you want your child to have Spanish immersion and perhaps go to university in Chile one day, then Nido is not the school for you. If you see Chile as a temporary stop, want your child to keep up with international education standards and get some Spanish, and you have an employer paying or can afford the fees, then I wouldn't hesitate to go with Nido.
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