The High School division of Academia Cotopaxi encompasses grades 9 through 12. Students follow a college preparatory course of studies that prepares them for further study at colleges and universities around the world. The curriculum leads to a US-accredited high school diploma as well as the IB Diploma and IB certificates.
Students in grades 9 and 10 take a program of eight classes each year, including English, Spanish, History, Science, and Math. They also take courses to meet requirements in Physical Education, Fine Arts (visual arts, music, or drama) and Technology. A Study Support class is available instead of an eighth course for students who wish to combine study skills with study time. ESL Support and Learning Support services are also available.
Students in grades 11 and 12 generally take seven classes each year. All students take at least one IB course, and many students follow the full IB Diploma program.
All students are involved in “mentor groups” or advisories of 8 to 10 students and one teacher. These groups meet four times per week and provide regular personal interaction with the advisor as well as individual support for students. Mentor groups, combined by grade level, have special community service connections, and at least four times during the year spend a half day visiting and working at the community service site.
High School students at Academia Cotopaxi are positive and motivated. An atmosphere of responsibility and respect is promoted and there are strong relationships between students and teachers. Students are encouraged to speak up and work for positive change; HS faculty and administration are committed to working as a team with students and parents.