From the 2005-2006 school year, the Altamira School began its formal process of seeking accreditation with the organization AdvancED – SACS CASI until in 2009 with the visit of the peer reviewers, we were able to be accredited by that organization.
AdvancED is the unified organization of the Accreditation Commission of the Central North Association and School Improvement (NCA CASI), the Association of Colleges and Universities of the South of the United States (SACS CASI), and the National Study of School Evaluation (NSSE) ). This unified organization makes up the largest educational community in the world, representing 23,000 public and private schools and districts in 30 states and 65 countries, serving about 15 million students.
Among the benefits that the school brings to the fact of being accredited, we list the following:
• World-renowned quality mark
• Greater opportunities for admission to university education in the US (They graduate from Altamira with the American High School Diploma in addition to the National Baccalaureate Diploma)
• Transfer of credits between accredited schools and regions around the world
• Standards and processes of continuous improvement unified globally
The most important benefit for students is that the School is committed to increasing student performance and is responsible for the improvement of learning in a continuous process based on global standards.
In Colombia very few institutions have this distinction. The other schools with this accreditation in Colombia are: Karl C. Parrish School in Barranquilla, Albania School The Mine in Cerrejón, Bolívar School in Cali, Granadino School in Manizales, Jorge Washington School in Cartagena, New Granada School in Bogotá, Pan-American College in Bucaramanga, English Gym in Armenia, Liceo Inglés Foundation in Pereira and The Columbus School in Medellin.
During the years following the evaluation, our school will struggle with efforts to IMPROVE continuously, in accordance with AdvancED’s global standards, ensuring that our students benefit from the level of education they deserve.
As a school we aim to provide a rigorous training program for our students, by offering differentiated tools and techniques that guarantee cognitive acquisition of concepts and mastery of skills, ensuring the best results in national standardized evaluations.
his approach is supported on qualified team of passionate educators, with ample experience in developing student competencies in different subject areas, who act as guides or “sherpas” in their learning journey.
The Reggio Emilia Experience
Our educational approach is centered on the Reggio Emilia philosophy, which inspires us to give major importance to early childhood as a determinant stage of development in which children define themselves as individuals.
The principles of respect, responsibility and community are practiced in a well thought and enriched environment where kids interests are the priority, in a environment in which curiosity, the opportunity of exploring, experimentation, discovery are encouraged. Reggio inspired schools are based on some important principles which enhance the way in which children, parents and community integrate.
The image of the child as unique in their thinking and features, with rights, potential, curiosity, desire for growth and to interact and communicate with others.
The environment as a third teacher, whose physical organization is crucial in building a relational concept in which the master designs and features spaces taking into account the interests and learning needs of children, inviting them to explore and develop meaningful experiences from the use of materials and everything else offered by the environment.
The teacher as a partner and researcher who proposes possibilities for the environment and the interests of children, asking questions and generating for children opportunities to develop exploration and research processes which allow the valuation of their interests and develop their processes learning, rather than sit and evaluate products and results. As a partner, the teacher lives in the company of boy and girl learning experiences.
The role of atelierista, who by his knowledge of potential and management of media and alternative materials for visual expression and communication, offers children the opportunity to make visible in various ways their thoughts and ideas on topics of interest, giving them the opportunity to use additional languages to verbal and written. In the studio, an art studio and lab, children explore different ways to communicate their ideas through art techniques and languages.
The documentation as a communication tool, in which the observation of moments and experiences of exploration is crucial to making clear how learning of children and teachers develops through experiences. The documentation also allows the community, from his knowledge of these processes take part in understanding the world of children, their needs and their views on reality.
Through these principles , we value the expression, speech and thought of the boy and girl , with the primary intention to show them the way of curiosity and investigative spirit to the construction of knowledge.
At Altamira International School we have constructed a program called “We Are Leaders” where students develop the skills and attitudes they need to be productive. This program is integrated with our Values, our General Learner Outcomes, our MegaSkills and finally the Seven Habits of Happy Kids. We believe that through this program, our students develop the core competencies needed to be effective in the XXI Century.
Our Glo’s and Megaskills
Who can demonstrate civic awareness, lead a healthy life style, and make responsible contributions to their community.
Responsibility: doing what’s right.
Citizenship: being a member of the community.
Caring: showing concern for others.
Respect: treating others the way you would want to be treated.
COMPLEX THINKERS AND PROBLEM SOLVERS
Who can analyze, synthetize, evaluate and solve problems creatively and use technology effectively.
Critical Thinking: thinking for yourself by weighing evidence and facts.
Creativity: generate ideas; to create something original or redesign through imaginative skill.
Common Sense: using good judgment.
Problem Solving: create solutions to difficult situations and everyday problems.
Who can convey ideas with clarity and precision are receptive to diverse forms of communication and are artistically expressive.
Empathy: understanding the other person’s point of view.
Focus: concentrating with a goal in mind.
Clarity and Precision: speak out your ideas in a way that is easy to understand.
Sense of Humor: laugh and be playful without harming others.
Who can work productively with others contributing to the achievement of group and/or team goals and work well with diverse populations.
Accountability: Consider the consequences of your choices and respond when things go wrong.
Flexibility: be willing to alter plans when necessary.
Initiative: do something, of one’s free will because it needs to be done.
Teamwork: work together toward a common goal or purpose.
Who can create intellectual, artistic, practical and physical products that reflect originality, using a range of learning strategies and time management skills.
Confidence: feeling able to do it.
Effort: do your best.
Organization: work in a orderly way.
Motivation: waiting to do it.
Who are intellectually curious and self-directed, know how to find relevant information to actively build and construct new understandings.
Attitude: being positive when dealing with others and approaching challenges with optimism.
Perseverance: keep at it.
Curiosity: a desire to investigate and seek understanding of one´s world.
Self-Direction: directed or guided by oneself.