English schools in Latin America

Colombia - Barranquilla
School:Karl C. Parrish School

The idea for the creation of an American type school in Barranquilla, Colombia came originally from the Propeller Club, a civic-service type of organization that was active in the 1930’s and later became the American Men’s Society. Several of the members had children who couldn’t find a satisfactory education in English, which would prepare them to continue their studies in high school and college in the United States. Once the idea was launched, it was discovered that many Colombian families would also be interested, besides numerous other nationalities in the “foreign colony”. The new school was this born with a truly cosmopolitan, international character.

The high school year runs from August to June with a total of 182 school days. The year is divided into 3 trimesters of 60 days each. Students attend school from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. In grades 9-12 the school day is divided into eight 45-minute periods. Both the Colombian Bachillerato Program and American High School Program are available for students in grades 7-12. The requirements for these programs are outlined below. (Courses with an asterisk are required for the U.S. High School Diploma.

The school opened in September of 1938. Over the past twenty-five years many new constructions have been inaugurated at Colegio Karl C. Parrish. The school facilities, which are completely air-conditioned, include 42 classrooms, 4 science labs, library building, P.E. facilities, a farm, a Theatre Complex that includes Art, Music and the Central Administration, and an Eco Park.

Accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) since 1968. Approved by Colombian Ministry of Education.






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