High School Program

High School

High School Program

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.


Diploma Programs

Academia Cotopaxi’s High School Program consists of studies leading to three possible diplomas:

  1. U.S. Diploma: A diploma accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and recognized by universities in the United States and worldwide.
  2. Ecuadorian National Diploma: The National Diploma is recognized by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Education Students must fulfill all the requirements to qualify for this diploma.
  3. International Baccalaureate Diploma: A prestigious Diploma recognized by universities throughout the world, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program is an advanced two-year course of study, taken in a student’s last two years of high school and leading to the IB Diploma.


Academia Cotopaxi International Baccalaureate Results 2019

Academia Cotopaxi is proud to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2019 on their International Baccalaureate exam results. 34 students submitted a total of 200 exams and core requirements. All 16 of our Full Diploma candidates earned the diploma for a pass rate of 100% compared to the worldwide pass rate of around 80% every year. In addition, the average for students pursuing the full IB Diploma was 33.7 points, outperforming the worldwide IB Diploma average score by 4 points. 75% of the students who undertook the program earned the IB Bilingual Diploma indicating their ability to study and perform at a high academic level in two languages. This is compared to the worldwide average for schools of around 22% every year.

The Class of 2019 received 119 acceptances to Universities and Colleges in the United States, Europe and Canada. They were offered over $4.8 million in scholarships and accepted over $1.6 million.