The International Preparatory School is recognized as a Centre for Cambridge International Examinations. As such, the school is authorized to administer the International Certificate of Secondary Education(IGCSE) and A-Levels, which are accepted for admission to U.K. universities as well as many universities around the world.
The International Preparatory School is regularly inspected by representatives of the U.S. State Department for its inclusion on the list of approved school for U.S. government employees and contractors. The school has also been approved for the same purposes by the British Council.
The International Preparatory School is accredited by the Chilean Ministry of Education through Year 9 (Grade 8) from which point the school has elected non-inclusion.
The School Year
The school year runs from March to mid-December and is divided into two semesters. An optional summer programme is available in January. There are no classes in February. There are three weeks of winter vacation in July and one week in September for the Chilean National Holidays. For the 2013 Calendar, please click here. 2013 Calendar
There are two progress reports during the year, one at the end of each semester. Parent-teacher meetings are scheduled twice a year and either parent or teacher may ask for special meetings if they feel it necessary.
The School Day
The school day begins at 9:00am and ends at 2:15 for Playgroup and Foundation students. Year 1-6 students leave school at 3:25 and those in Year 7-13 at 4:20pm. There are extracurricular activities in the afternoons from 3:35 to 5:00.
In addition to their regular classes, students may participate in a variety of extracurricular activities in the afternoons. These include tennis, gymnastics or cheerleading, computer lab, football (soccer), scouts, basketball, karate and music.
The International Preparatory School has a system of “Houses” based on that used in many British schools. Our four houses are: St. Andrew, St. David, St. George and St. Patrick. The house system is intended to promote greater integration among students of all ages and cultural backgrounds, to develop the dynamics of school spirit and to encourage inter-house activities. It is also intended to develop qualities of leadership, especially among older students, who organize many activities for their houses.
Each house is made up of students from different classes, from Pre-Kinder to Senior School, with a Captain and a Vice-Captain from the upper grades. As students participate in sports, cultural, social and educational activities, they earn points for their houses. Events might include Roald Dahl Day, Crazy Hat Day Famous Person Day, and Backwards Clothes Day.
Although there is no regular school uniform, a Physical Education uniform is obligatory.