Principal's Welcome

High School

Principal's Welcome

It is a real pleasure to welcome you all for this new school year 2018-2019. Bienvenidos to our new students and families, welcome back to returning students and families, bienvenus à toutes et à tous!

This year, the High School is launching three High School pillars that will shape everyone’s High School experience:

Be present        Do your best        Get involved

Indeed, those three elements are going to be the main direction of your High School. To be successful,we need students to be coming to school and to be physically and mentally present in class, to be ready to do their best all the time, including the formative assessment, and to get involved in after school and out-of-school activities. We believe this is the key to success. So I am truly excited to launch these pillars.

Our High School students have elected a fantastic group of students to represent them. Our Associated Student Body (ASB) is composed of Antonella Diaz, ASB President, Salim Maleek, ASB Vice President and eight House Captains: Romina Weng and Gabo Torres for the Jaguars, Andrea Dugand and Josh Church for the Bears, Luisa Toledo and Nico Wright forthe Toucans and Victoria Anthony and Gabi Landínez for the Sharks. These students are ourHigh School elected leaders but I want to encourage everyone to get involved to continue to reinforce our House system. Our ASB will work in collaboration with the High School team to make proposals to push our High School experience further. One of the new features will be that our ASB President and Vice-President will now lead the High School Assemblies.

Our Discover Ecuador trips for our 9th, 10th and 11th graders will be from August 27th to August 31st. We have two main goals for those trips:

  • Get involved in meaningful community service experience in Ecuador
  • Establish strong links between new and returning students and their mentors

As always, our Senior class will stay at Academia Cotopaxi for a retreat where students will be given time and space to work on their class work including IB assignments and university applications.

This is also a very good opportunity for me to highlight the importance of the Approaches to Learning (ATL) performance as well as academic grades. Indeed, there is always a strong correlation between students’ strong summative grades and high achievement in ATL’s. Please read our ATL section in the handbook.

Finally, let me share with you that I strongly believe that students’ experience in High School is what students make of it. So, dear students, own your learning, own your school, respect others, appreciate your campus and your privilege to attend Academia Cotopaxi. I always welcome your feedback and I am convinced that we are all set up to have a fantastic year.

Fred Bordaguibel
High School Principal