Admissions - CIEDI

Admissions

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  1. Inscription through the registration form (link of the form). 
  2. Attendance at the conference or informational meeting. Our commitment is to fully present our educational project, our principles, and the facilities and services that we provide, so this first meeting is essential.
  3. Payment of the Admission Process ($ 200,000 Colombian Pesos) This can be made in the school treasury, by an online payment via PSE, or at Banco Davivienda (in the name of CIEDI LTDA., In savings account No. 451800173739- NIT 860350127-8.) 
  4. Completion of the Online Admission Application. link and a password will be sent via email to parents to complete the five parts of the Application for Admission online.  (see required documents)
  5. Attendance at the Parent Interview. In this space we seek to learn more about the student’s family context.
  6. Study of the Application for Admission by the admissions committee, in which the continuation of the process is determined.
  7. Observation of the applicant. In this space we seek to meet each of our aspiring students in their entirety, for this we have two modalities: 
  • In the face-to-face structure, if permited, children come to school as follows:
    • Preschool: Observation and integration (1 full school day, from 8am to 2:30 pm). 
    • Primary, Middle and High School: 1st day – Academic and skills tests. 2nd day – Classroom integration (that is, 2 full school days).
  • In the virtual education structure, academic and skills tests are carried out remotely in real time through a video call. Support from the parent will be required, depending on the age of the student. 
  1. Feedback of the process. In a final meeting with the parents, the results of the admission process are presented and the steps to follow are reported. 
  2. Quota Reservation. Once the process is finished, the payment of the quota reservation for the school year to which it is being applied is made. 

Preschool: Students begin their school process at CIEDI when they are 3 or 4 years old. This age must be reached by August of the starting school year. 3-year-olds enter Pre-kindergarten and 4-year-olds enter Kinder 4. No level of English proficiency is required in these first two levels.

Students entering at 5 or 6 years, ie Kinder 5 or Transition, may require external leveling in English.

Primary: Students who apply to First Grade or later courses must have a high level of English in writing, reading and listening, according to the standard of the grade to which they aspire. 

Secondary: Applications will be evaluated individually.

CIEDI is an international school, which supports foreign families or expatriate families returning to their country. For this reason, we have an equivalence table relating three reference curricula, so that families can identify the appropriate course for entry to our school.  If the student’s curriculum of origin is not in the table, the admissions department will clarify the issue at the information meeting.

  • Student photo.
  • Family photo.
  • Last Kindergarten report, or last three academic reports from the previous school.
  • Confidential recommendation form processed by the kindergarten or the previous school (the file is sent once the admission process has started).
  • Reports from specialists to whom the student has been referred (if applicable): occupational therapy, speech therapy, psychology, others.
  • Parent employment certifications.
  • For independent circumstances: income statement and RUT.
  • For foreign residentsCopy of parent’s visa and also of the student if applicable.
When should I start the admission process?
Admission processes begin in August of the year prior to admission, and end once the available places have been assigned. However, some families prefer to complete the admission process two years in advance.
What is the minimum entry age?
Our youngest students enter Pre-Kinder when they are 3 years old, in August of their first year.
Do children have to come from a bilingual kindergarten?
No. Students who enter CIEDI at the age of 3 or 4 do not need any command of the second language. For students who enter with ages of 5 or above a leveling in English is necessary.
Does the school have a third language?
Yes. CIEDI is an English-Spanish bilingual school, and students study French as a third language.
Is it a coeducational school?
Yes. CIEDI is a coeducational school from Preschool to Eleventh Grade.
Does the school have any religious orientation?
CIEDI has been a Catholic school since its foundation, however, not all our families are Catholic, as an international school, we are open to receiving families from all cultures.
Is it true that CIEDI is a very academic school?
CIEDI is a school where the development of all dimensions of the whole child is important. Therefore, in addition to developing thinking skills through academic quality, we also focus on the socio-affective skills that our students need to help them grow as integral and balanced human beings.
Does the school give homework?
Yes. In CIEDI there is a homework policy, which focuses on tasks that are significant, coherent and extend student understanding. In CIEDI homework assignments should be Concise, Coherent and Short.
What extracurriculars does the school offer? Are they taken on campus or off campus?
CIEDI has a diverse group of extracurricular activities focused on arts, sports, and technology, which allow our students to choose the activities that they want to practice. Extracurriculars are taken after the end of the school day and all are held on the school campus, except for tennis and swimming.
How is bullying handled?
Always from the perspective of prevention and as a team with the family. For CIEDI it is essential that our children grow up in a healthy environment, with a high sense of community and respect for others. That is why, led by the psychology department, actions are taken in a timely and assertive manner to prevent and address any conflict situation.
Does the school have a voucher (or similar)?
No. In CIEDI the rates correspond only to annual or monthly payments, which are made for tuition, fees, and additional services.
How many students are there per class?
20 students on average, in elementary and high school. In the preschool courses, the groups have 18 students on average, facilitating the individualized follow-up that is so important in the early years.