English schools in Latin America
A non-denominational college-preparatory school for American, Bolivian, and international students. The academic program includes Early Childhood for 3 and 4 year old children and both an elementary unit (kindergarten through the 6th grade) and secondary unit (7th through 12th grade). The educational philosophy of our school fosters the development of well-rounded students who have clearly defined personal values and are independent and critical thinkers.
The Cochabamba Cooperative School serves students from a wide range of backgrounds and beliefs. The school was founded in 1954 by a group of U.S. citizens using the Calvert Correspondence Method, and has provided nearly 50 years of uninterrupted quality educational service.
CCS maintains the ideals of international American schools, offering a comprehensive education in the English language and preparing students for continuing studies in both American and Bolivian universities as well as institutions of higher education throughout the world.
The Cochabamba Cooperative School is accredited through the United States Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is recognized by the Bolivian Ministry of Education. The school holds membership in the American Association of Schools in South America (AASSA) and the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE). CCS also coordinates activities and events with other American schools in Bolivia.
Facilities: Nature is integral to the CCS learning environment: the 31 classrooms, together with athletic fields and playgrounds, are set in 10 acres of beautiful wooded park with a panoramic view of Cochabamba valley. At the center of campus is a media center with nearly 10,000 volumes, periodicals, a software and video collection, full internet access, and an adjacent computer lab designed to accommodate up to 25 students. Campus facilities also include science labs, music and art rooms, an enclosed coliseum with stage, and a cafeteria. CCS has an exclusive educational partnership with nearby INCA Research Institute, promoting student use of their 100,000 titles.
Bolivia is often referred to as the Nepal of South America. The country has close to a thousand peaks over 5,000m and matches anything the Himalayas has to offer in the way of climbing and trekking. Though Bolivia is thought of as an Andean country, most of it is tropical lowlands – a vast, unexplored green carpet stretching east from the Andes to the Brazilian border. And aside from this majestic scenery, the ancient Andean culture and tradition are still very much in intact today. Bolivia boasts the largest indigenous population in all of South America.
Cochabamba deserves its unofficial title of ‘City of Eternal Spring’. Set in a bowl of rolling hills at a comfortable altitude, its inhabitants enjoy a wonderfully warm, dry and sunny climate with an average temperature of 18 degrees C. Its parks and plazas are a riot of color – from the striking purple of the bougainvillea to the subtler tones of jasmine, magnolia and jacaranda.
Though much new building is taking place throughout this city of nearly 600,000, the center retains a colonial character. There are many fine churches and streets lined with old colonial houses with overhanging eaves, balconies, wrought-iron windows and cool patios behind huge carved wood doors. There are also wide ranges of colorful markets, which only add to the feeling that Cochabamba is more of an overgrown village than a modern urban center.