Learning happens with every experience...
The Early Childhood Division attends to the unique needs of children from 12 months through 2nd Grade, recognizing the importance of the first years of a child’s life. At Academia Cotopaxi, we are committed to laying a solid foundation that will result in life-long learning for all children. Our teachers truly understand the uniqueness of this age group, and most importantly, are passionate about working with children to guide their steps, anticipate their needs and accompany their cognitive and social/emotional learning journey in order for each child to reach the very best outcomes.
There are two programs within our division. One is IMAGINE, our bilingual early childhood program (12 months through age 5) which serves 220 children and the Cotopaxi English-language based early childhood program which encompasses Pre-Kinder through Grade 2 and serves 245 children. The average class size is 16 for students from age 3 through 2nd grade, and 10 in Imagine's nursery classes. In addition to our homeroom teachers, student learning is supported by language learning specialists, a division special education teacher, and division counselors.
Our Pre-Kinder through Grade 2 program is fully authorized by the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IBO PYP). Students learn through our transdisciplinary PYP Units of Inquiry and are encouraged to formulate questions, develop their ideas and use higher level thinking skills to develop meaning about the central ideas in each unit. Your children will come home excited about finding the answers to their inquiry questions or want to hypothesize with you!
In 2013, Cotopaxi adopted the AERO standards for Literacy, Science, Social Studies and Math. These standards are aligned with the US Common Core standards, yet adapted for schools, like ours, offering American international programs outside of the United States. Academia Cotopaxi also offers art, music, physical education, technology integration, and library classes lead by specialists in these areas. In addition, all students, take-on a second language, and Spanish is offered beginning in Kindergarten. Students can also participate in a variety of extracurricular offerings including diverse sports, dance, arts, and other activities (homework club, cooking, Spanish).
Our inquiry based approach also extends to the development of character. We strive to provide students with ample opportunities to engage in positive interactions with each other and their environment, foster inclusivity, and inspire life-long learning. In order to do so, we invite all of our families to partner with us and take an active role in our learning community.