Holistic Education

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Marymount School offers a holistic education based on four basic pillars: academic excellence, values-based education, healthy use of free time, and expeditions and language immersion programs.

Academic Excellence
The academic excellence is marked by three criteria:

1. International School
Marymount can be considered an international school thanks to the following criteria:
• Accreditation by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Both institutions are renowned worldwide and endorsed by The Colombian Ministry of Education. These accreditations were first awarded in 2009 then again in 2014.
• A rigorous curriculum aligned with the Cambridge International Examinations. Our students take progression tests in English, Science and Mathematics from Transition to 8th grade. As a result the students reach 10th and 11th grade prepared to take the IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education). Passing these examinations means that, in addition to the Colombian Bachillerato Diploma, they achieve an international diploma which is widely recognized by universities around the world as evidence of academic achievement.
• A solid multilingual program. Spanish as a native language and English as a second language teaching starts in the Nursery class and French as an additional language starts in 5th grade. This programme is based upon the following principles:
– Language policy based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
– Over 65% of classes taught in English.
– Teachers certified with Cambridge qualifications (TKT, FCE, CAE, IELTS, DELF).
– Subjects such as Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Economics, ICT and Arts are also taught in English.
– High language standards achieved by our students.
– Cambridge English Language Assessments taken by the 2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th and 11th graders.
– French as an additional language starting in 5th grade.
– Exchange programs for students and teachers to broaden their knowledge of English and French.

• Member school of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (RSHM) network which is made up of 20 schools around the world. This has brought us close to other international institutions and given us the opportunity to establish exchange programs for our students with other member schools in New York and Brazil; participate in international sports festivals; attend the annual meeting of school principals of the network; and have exchange programs for teachers and psychologists.
• Agreements with international universities. At present, many international universities are turning their eyes to Latin-American students and offering scholarships.
In the case of Medellin, they are particularly interested in Marymount School for being a girls-only, accredited school that has an international curriculum and high quality education.
They are looking for students in the fields of basic sciences, engineering, the media, health sciences and administration.

Our students demonstrate the following distinctive features:
• High academic standards
• Intellectual curiosity
• Leadership
• Global perspective
• Entrepreneurship
• Innovation
• Critical thinking
• Community oriented
• Committed to helping build a better world
Our student profile makes them eligible to apply to many international universities.
We have been visited by universities from the United Kingdom, Canada, Spain, Germany, Austria, the United States, and Asia. Additionally as a member of the Council of International Schools (CIS) we have access to over 100 universities worldwide and are in constant search for new opportunities for our students.

2. Results in the National Tests Saber 11°
Our school is recognized for its quality in education and its holistic program that strengthens each girl’s potential and ensures her professional success.
• Since 2005 the School has achieved what is now called Level A+ in Saber examinations
• Our school has been recognized by the Mayor and the City Council as one of the top 10 schools in Medellin based on the ICFES examinations.
• Marymount has surpassed the city, department, and national average scores in the Saber examinations.

3. Admittance to University
Having 100% of our students admitted to university is clear evidence of our commitment to academic excellence.

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Values-Based Education
Marymount School understands education in values as a holistic and continuous process based on ethical, moral, cultural and social principles that guide our students in their personal development. Through the experience of values, motivation and example the students are empowered to develop their full potential, and become autonomous and compassionate women for their own good and that of the wider community.
This process is outlined and guided by the Values Council in charge of the various projects in which all students participate.

Use Of Free Time
In addition to a rigorous academic program, Marymount School offers the students a wide range of academic, cultural and sporting extra-curricular activities that help them to develop positive habits in their spare time, healthy lifestyles, and strengthen their character.

culturalSPORTS: motor skills, gymnastics, figure skating, skating, athletics, cheerleading, ultimate, soccer, volleyball, basketball and softball.
CULTURAL: artistic skills, drama, dance, music band, choir, guitar, painting, handcrafts, yoga, French, Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese, gastronomy and photography.
ACADEMIC: ecological club, robotics, and Model United Nations.

Expeditions and Language Immersion Programs
As a way of enhancing the students’ holistic education, our school has developed a series of national expeditions and international language immersion programs. They are connected to the broader curriculum and foster students’ learning from experiences and aim at strengthening their social commitment, environmental awareness, and respect for the cultural and natural diversity of the places they visit. Every year our students have the opportunity to travel to different places:

National Expeditions
Bogotá – Boyaca: trip taken by the 4th graders.
Duration: 5 days, 4 nights.
This expedition seeks to create awareness of our national history and heritage.
Places they visit: Plaza de Bolivar, the Cathedral, the Gold Museum, Casa de Nariño, Monserrate, Quinta de Bolivar, The Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira, and Villa de Leyva among others.

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Barichara: expedition organized for the 6th graders.
Duration: 5 days, 4 nights.
The main purpose of this expedition is to build confidence and self-esteem in the students by recognizing their strengths and weaknesses as they are emotionally and physically challenged in experiential and adventure activities. In addition they get to learn about the flora and fauna of the region.
Places they visit: Fonce River Canyon, Barichara and surroundings.

Guajira: expedition for the 7th graders.
Duration: 5 days, 4 nights.
Most of the program takes part in the Guajira Media where the girls get an insight into its people, traditions and magical places. As part of this unforgettable experience they visit the Maicao Mosque, the Manaure salt mines, and a windfarm; they sleep overnight at Wayuu and Utta settlements and spend a night under the stars in Cabo de la Vela.

Amazonas: expedition for the 10th graders.
Duration: 5 days, 4 nights.
This expedition takes the students right into one of Colombia’s National Reserves. The characteristics of the place are ideal for being close to nature and learning firsthand about the Amazonian culture, biology and lifestyle as well as for testing their physical endurance. Amazonas is known for being a life-changing experience.

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International
New Brunswick – Canada: for the 5th graders

Quebec – Canada: for the 9th graders.
Duration: 8 weeks.
The Canada cultural and linguistic program seeks to create a global perspective for participants. It not only offers the chance to deepen their language skills, whether it is English or French, but to grow in their understanding of other cultures and their adaptability to new situations.