We are an English language-based international learning community that values diversity, embraces a culture of collaboration, innovation, and excellence, and inspires empathetic and ethical student leaders.
Our Philosophy and Vision:
Academia Cotopaxi is an inclusive school, driven by our mission to serve an international community that values diversity. As such, we accept children with a broad range of learning and developmental disabilities. We believe that high quality education is a basic human right for all children, and that including children who learn differently or at different rates enhances the education of all children.
Since our creation in 1959, students with mild to moderate special needs were welcomed into our school. Then in 2014, our Board and community made a long-term commitment to expanding our Learning Support Services to provide for a managed number of students representing the full range of learning differences and language diversity. We are committed to a planned and carefully managed approach to including students with special learning needs. Over the next few years, AC will develop a comprehensive Learning Support Program with the appropriate staffing, curriculum, facilities, and instructional resources to address a spectrum of learning needs.
We believe that developing both the capacity and the will to serve students with learning needs is critical to our overall commitment to excellence. Our goal is to cultivate in our community a heightened awareness and appreciation for students with learning differences, value-added instructional strategies and resources to meet a variety of student needs, and an ongoing conviction towards serving these students to the best of our ability. This new direction for our school is an incredible commitment to make at a time when the future is uncertain, but developing excellence in spite of unpredictable barriers remains our intention.
The Learning Support Department:
Our Learning Support Department includes a staff of Learning Specialists, Paraprofessionals, Guidance Counselors and a School Psychologist, all of whom are qualified and experienced professionals. They possess academic training and professional experience in the field of Learning Disabilities, Learning Differences, Special Education, Guidance and Counseling, and School Psychology. Each of them is assigned to a specific division – Early Childhood & Elementary School (Prek-G5), Middle School (G6-8) and High School (G9-12), where they work closely with the Principal and the classroom teachers within that division. Our Guidance Counselors are certified mental health professionals with substantial experience in supporting students with emotional, behavioral and academic needs. Our School Psychologist is a well-established professional in our community. Having been trained in the United States, and working at our school for over 20 years, she has extensive experience supporting a wide range of needs across all ages and grades. This team of qualified and skilled professionals provide an incredible resource to our community and are champions of our inclusive programming.
More information on Admissions, our approach to determining a program of support and the range of support services we offer can be found in our e-brochure below.