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CUAJIMALPA TODAY

Founded in 1990, the Cuajimalpa campus currently accommodates 1,050 students, from Preschool through High School, with more than 120 members of the teaching staff.

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FACILITIES AND SERVICES

Our facilities extend to nearly 15,000 m2 dedicated to comprehensive education. The Preschool has one room for babies, eight Children’s House classrooms, four Oral English classrooms, a library, a multipurpose room called the MPC Junior which is used for workshops, music classes, meetings and special events, five offices, a psychomotor activity room, an art classroom and a yard equipped with playground equipment. The Elementary School has 20 interactive classrooms equipped with electronic boards, a cafeteria, teachers’ lounge, library, art room, science lab, offices, an athletic field covered with artificial grass and a choir and violin room.The computer lab is equipped with modern Mac computers and serves Pre-First through second grade. A mobile computer lab equipped with MacBook computers serves grades 3 to 5.The Multipurpose Complex (MPC) is used for performing arts classes (art, music and rhythm, dance and drama), as well as physical education. Soccer and basketball workshops are offered on an extracurricular basis. The MPC includes spaces adapted for special events such as United Nations Day, Children’s Day, Family Day, etc., as well as cafeteria and an area for gymnastics.There are 20 interactive High School classrooms with electronic boards, a computer lab, library, two science labs, an auditorium, a teacher lounge, an art room, and four areas with wireless Internet access.The High School has a Roof Garden cafeteria and lounge with TV and wireless Internet. It also has a volleyball/basketball court and a hydroponics greenhouse.The MPC is shared amongst all sections of the Cuajimalpa campus. The complex was built to be used as an auditorium, indoor soccer field, basketball and volleyball courts and events hall.The Cuajimalpa campus is located in an area with low air pollution. To contribute to protecting the environment, students travel to and from school on high security school buses. At the campus we offer an anti-drug program and a full-time paramedic. Students are covered by accident insurance while on school property. The school also offers an academic trust fund and scholarship programs.Our cafeteria meets or exceeds all government health and hygiene standards. Cafeteria service is available until 4:00 p.m.

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GRADE LEVELS

Preschool, Elementary, Middle School and High School.

Hours:

Preschool K1 y K2: 9:00 a.m. a 1:00 p.m.
Preschool K3: 9:00 a.m. a 2:00 p.m.
Elementary: 7:30 a.m. a 2:00 p.m.
Middle School: 7:30 a.m. a 2:00 p.m.
High School: 7:30 a.m. a 2:00 p.m.
Friday: salida general a la 1:30 p.m.

PRESCHOOL
Preschool at the Cuajimalpa Campus offers a bilingual and multicultural academic program using the Montessori Method in English, in which the children learn to feel proud of their culture and country of origin in an environment of understanding and respect for others. As part of this academic grounding, we believe mastering English as a second language is of fundamental importance, in order to provide the children with alternate channels of communication for their comprehensive education.With regard to the human side, we want each child to be an optimistic individual, with solid moral values, conscious of the surrounding world and having a spirit of service to the community. The Peterson Preschool is a place where the intelligence and the psyche of a child are developed with specialized scientific material to cover their immediate and future interests. It’s a unique cycle of learning which is designed to take advantage of the child’s sensitive years, from when he/she is a few months old until the age of 6, when he/she can absorb the information from surroundings rich in stimuli. The layout of our spaces takes into account a small number of students. The work is carried out with the intervention of education professionals (guides and assistants) supported by the Administration and the Psycho-Pedagogy Department to encourage the individual learning process.
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PRE-FIRST

The children entering Pre-First have already acquired a multicultural foundation and want to learn more about any topic and about themselves; they have become conscious explorers. They have new skills that make them ask why and what for about all the things that surround them. School is important for them; their interest is now focused on the physical and cultural world, awaking the need for knowledge and understanding which will lead them to mental independence and the desire to distinguish between good and bad based on their own judgment. At this age, they feel the need to relate to others and so the work is organized with academic and social activities in small groups and activities that require working collectively. The goal is to develop solidarity, cooperation, respect, understanding and participation among them.Pre-First is part of the Primary school and classes are given completely in English. The children begin to read and write under the Balanced Literacy method. The children perform social service activities in the community at several events. Students do not wear uniforms except for Physical Education. Our teaching staff, with a range of nationalities as interesting as that of our student body, enriches the multicultural educational experience at our institution. At the Peterson Primary school, the Parents Association is very active.

ELEMENTARY

The Elementary School is authorized by the Department of Public Education (SEP) and the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS), providing the program with validation both in Mexico and abroad. Teaching in Primary School from grade 1 to grade 5 is totally bilingual. Students study half of each day in Spanish and half in English. Pre-First classes are given totally in English. At the Primary level there are athletic, computer, art, music (instrumental and vocal) and dance programs. We celebrate both Mexican and U.S. holidays.The academic program is supplemented by field trips within Mexico and visits to cultural sites within Mexico City. The system used by the Elementary School is not a traditional one. The children learn through reasoning and research, not through memorization. Homework does not take a long time as it is based on reviewing subjects covered in the classroom. The children work on inter-curricular projects in teams.We have a mobile computer lab for the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades, with each student having access to a laptop and printer for their assignments and research. We also have a computer lab with Mac desktop computers where students in Pre-first, 1st and 2nd grades can go. We use several online applications to underscore concepts learned: RazKids, IXL Math, Adaptive Curriculum and SuccessMaker. All of the classrooms are equipped with projectors and interactive boards.In grades 1 through 5, the students take standardized tests in English online (NWEA’s MAP) three times a year. They are also given the ENLACE test in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades in Spanish.The school has a team of fulltime psychologists. They are always watching the classrooms to ensure appropriate academic performance and the wellbeing of the students.Values are very important within the school and they are taught through a program in which values are applied in practice.

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MIDDLE SCHOOL

At the Cuajimalpa campus, Middle School includes 6th grade (of Primary School) through 8th grade (corresponding to the 2nd year of secondary school in Mexico). Middle School studies are authorized by the Department of Public Education (SEP) and the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS), providing the program with validation both in Mexico and other countries.We have included 6th grade of Primary School in the Middle School high program because we have seen that it is very convenient for academic, emotional and physical development of adolescents as we provide them with age-appropriate experiences.The main objective of the Middle School is to reinforce the habits that allow the students to mature through attitudes and aptitudes to continue their education in skills and competencies in their academic and personal development. It is an age at which there are a lot of emotional changes and one discovers one’s own identity.Currently the Middle School is characterized by investments in projects that allow for improvement of the academic level such as learning systems for physics and math, cutting-edge equipment in the science labs, the hydroponics greenhouse–certified as infrastructure for advanced instruction in hydroponics–and interactive boards in the classrooms.The quality of teaching is recognized by our community and this is confirmed through international standardized and online exams such as the College Board, NWEA’S MAP and ENLACE. In the College Board exams, our students get the highest English language scores in Mexico. In recent Science Fair competitions organized by the SEP, we have obtained the highest places in the county. An important support tool for teaching at the Middle School is the use of technology through our Virtual Community, which is an extension of the classroom using the Internet, in which students and teachers can stay in touch sharing academic resources, assignments, forums and much more.

HIGH SCHOOL

At our campus, High School includes grades 9 through 12. The ninth grade is included in the system of the Department of Public Education (SEP) as part of secondary education. Grades 10 through 12 are authorized as part of the CCH system of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) through the General Incorporation and Revalidation of Studies Office (DGIRE) and as part of the International Baccalaureate (IB), and as part of the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS), providing the program with validation both in Mexico and abroad.The main goal of the High School is to reinforce and broaden students’ habits and skills to achieve comprehensive development that will allow them to mature through attitudes and aptitudes to continue their skills and competencies education in their academic and personal development.The goal of the CCH is a program of rigorous study to promote the aptitude for methodical and analytic thought, as well as the skills needed to search for, order and evaluate information in order to take on an ethical attitude in the application of knowledge. Our students also acquire the necessary knowledge to continue on to college.Currently the High School characterized by investments in projects that allow for improvement of the academic level such as learning systems for physics and math, cutting-edge equipment in the science labs, the hydroponics greenhouse–certified as infrastructure for advanced instruction in hydroponics–and the interactive boards in the classrooms.The quality of teaching is recognized by our society and this is confirmed through international independent exams such as the College Board, MAP, TOEFL, ENLACE and the International Baccalaureate diploma. In the College Board exams, our students get the highest English language scores in Mexico. In recent Science Fair competitions organized by the SEP, we have obtained the highest places in the county.An important support tool for teaching at the Middle School is the use of technology through our Virtual Community, which is an extension of the classroom using the Internet, in which students and teachers can stay in touch sharing academic resources, assignments, forums and much more.In the Virtual Community we use cutting-edge technology and programs such as: Adaptive curriculum, Second life, Mind Manager, and EBSCO databases (Professional Development Collection, ERIC, Teacher Reference Center, Health Source – Consumer Edition, Newspaper Source, MAS Ultra-School Edition, Advanced Placement Source, Literary Reference Center, Science Reference Center, TOPICsearch, Middle Search Plus, Primary Search, Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, EBSCO Animals, Library Information Science, Technology Abstracts).

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ADMISSIONS

Our admissions process is open year-round, subject to the availability of space.

Contact:

Lorena Sanz.

Teléfonos:

5813-0114, 5813-0116

E-mail:
admisiones_cuajimalpa@peterson.mx
Appointment Hours:

Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Address:

Huizachito 80, Lomas de Vistahermosa, Cuajimalpa, México City, C.P. 05720.

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EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
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The facilities in Cuajimalpa include various workshops where the students can develop their creativity, language and physical, emotional and musical skills.

Preschool
Basketball, soccer, gymnastics, karate, art, music, psychomotor activity, zumba, violin, singing and rhymes in English, beginning dance and flamenco.

Elementary, Middle School and High School
Track and field, basketball, soccer, gymnastics, volleyball, karate, hip-hop, cooking, guitar, chess, art, percussion instruments, cheerleading, robotics, video editing and photography, dance, chorus, violin, Aloha mental math, reading workshop and crafts.