Dear Parents,

There is a lot going on this week, the big event being the Parade of Nations that coincides with our celebration of 60 years for Academia Cotopaxi. From a humble beginning in 1959 when a small group of American government personnel realized a need for the education of their children. Mrs. Alice Conger became the driving force behind the establishment of a school that was given the name of Cotopaxi Academy. She became the school's first Director. That first year, the school had a population of only 20 students from grade 1 through 12. The first teachers were the mothers of the students.

In 1959-1960 a Board of Directors was elected. One of the Board’s first decisions was to rent a large house on the corner of what is now Naciones Unidas and El Salvador. Rooms were converted into classrooms. This became the first “real” Cotopaxi Academy. Just over thirty years later the school moved to its current location. Academia Cotopaxi became one of the first IB schools in the region, joined several organizations, gained accreditation from regional US agencies, adopted the IB Primary Years Program. More recently, the school has become renowned around the world for its Inclusion Program, which reflects its Mission. A lot has happened in 60 years but throughout these years the focus has always been on our students, education and our community. Whether you are an alumni or a family who has just joined our school, there is a long, prestigious history behind us that propels us forward into the future. Happy 60th Birthday Academia Cotopaxi!

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