International School Nido de Aguilas

International School Nido de Aguilas
International School Nido de Aguilas
Colegio Internacional Nido de Aguilas
Avenida El Rodeo 14200, Lo Barnechea
Santiago, Chile
Coordinates 33°21'03.61"S 70°30'05.31"W
School type Private School, American International School
Founded 1934
CEEB Code 920450
Headmaster Pichulonco Tulawena
Grades Template:/K-12
Gender Coeducational
Enrollment 1430  (26 July 2009)
Grade 1 102
Grade 2 100
Grade 3 116
Grade 4 102
Grade 5 110
Grade 6 114
Grade 7 101
Grade 8 113
Grade 9 88
Grade 10 85
Grade 11 91
Grade 12 73

The International School Nido de Aguilas is a coeducational American international school located in Lo Barnechea, Santiago, Chile. The school is open to all educational levels- Early Education, Elementary, Middle School, and High School.

The International School Nido de Aguilas



The International School Nido de Aguilas in Santiago, Chile is set in the foothills of the Andes. The school bought most of the terrain around it, and owns a vast amount of land. There have been recent moves to sell parts of the land to fund the ambitious expansion that has been planned.Coordinates: 33°21′3.61″S 70°30′5.31″W / 33.3510028°S 70.501475°W / -33.3510028; -70.501475


The school enrolls nearly 1,400 students from more than 40 countries and offers an American based curriculum. In High School, there are three available curriculums: The Chilean (molded to fit the standards of the Chilean Ministry of Education), the American (typical US college preparatory program) and the International Baccalaureate program (a worldwide College-prep program designed by the International Baccalaureate Organization in Geneva). All students graduate with the American diploma and students may also earn the Chilean and/or IB Diploma.

The IB Diploma is a highly challenging academic program that approximately 60 percent of the class of 2011 chose to enroll in. In addition, IB Certificates are awarded to some students each year who chose to take a selection of IB classes, but do not pursue the full diploma. A certificate is only awarded if a student in an IB class takes the IB exam. The Chilean Diploma meets the requirements of the Chilean Ministry of Education and includes several classes taught in Spanish, including History and Spanish Language courses. The majority of the Chilean Diploma classes are taught in Spanish, and focus on applicable skills that help students prepare for Chilean Universities. The American College Preparatory Diploma program is required of all students.

Nido de Aguilas has a strong academic reputation among International Schools[citation needed] and is considered one of the strongest international schools in South America.[citation needed] Of the students participating in the full IB Program in the class of 2009, the average score earned was 32 out of a maximum of 45. This is narrowly above the world average score of 31. A small selection of students (usually between 6 and 10 each year out of class sizes of around 80 students) take the PSU, and have consistently received an aggregate score that is above 90% of Chilean schools.[citation needed]


The school was found in 1934 by Dr. Stevenson and his wife, Juanita Stevenson, with the aim of providing a high level education in English coupled with environmental awareness. The main assembly hall on campus is named Stevenson Hall in their honor.

The campus has been moved three times since the establishment of the school. The first campus was located in the neighborhood of Santiago known as La Legua. The second campus resided in what is now known as La Reina. In 1962, it moved to its current location in Lo Barnechea on a 62 hectare site.

During the times of Chile under Pinochet, the school was part of several confrontations with the military. Most notable of this was the requirement of military for faculty during the first years of the dictatorship. Many faculty had to ask for asylum in foreign embassies until the entanglement was resolved.[citation needed]

School administration

Nido de Aguilas is governed by a Board of Directors of from 9 to 13 members. Of these, four must be US citizens, four must be Chileans, and one is an appointee of the US Ambassador. The Board is self perpetuating, meaning that vacancies on the Board are elected by the current members of the Board rather than by general elections of the parent community. The Board has a Nominating Committee that solicits interested members of the school community for possible election to the Board. Criteria for election to the Board include professional expertise and/or experience that complements the backgrounds of those already on the Board (i.e. finance, legal, engineering, education, business administration, personnel), equitable distribution of members with children at different grade levels throughout the school, and travel and work schedules that enable members to attend regular Board and Committee meetings. Board Members must be parents of currently or previously enrolled students. Board Members are elected for three years terms and may stand for re-election. The Board's primary responsibilities are major policy development, financial oversight and approval of the annual budget, and selection and evaluation of the Headmaster, who serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the school.

Day to day operations within each of the educational subdivisions are the responsibility of the Headmasters and the administrative team, who use Board-approved policies to guide administrative decision making.


Nido de Aguilas has been well known for its illustrious sports programs throughout the years.[citation needed] Competing in the international S.A.A.C. tournaments each year are their basketball, volleyball, and soccer teams. The school offers more than 30 competitive sports teams for boys and girls in grades 6-12 and a host of after school clubs and activities for students from grades k-12.

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