Nido at a Glance
Nido de Aguilas was founded in 1934 as a private, co-educational, non-sectarian, non-profit day school rooted in the best traditions of Chilean and North American education. Today, Nido serves over 1770 students from more than 50 countries and offers a comprehensive liberal arts, college preparatory educational program from Early Childhood (age three) through Grade 12. Nido serves the international business and diplomatic community of Santiago, as well as local students seeking an English-language, U.S.-style education. Current student enrollment is composed of 17% from the U.S., 43% from the host country Chile, and 40% from other countries.
All classes are taught in English except for Spanish language classes, which are required at all grade levels from Kinder 2 to Grade 12. Nido offers English-language acquisition support for non-native English speakers with limited proficiency, although entrance to Upper Elementary, Middle, and High School grades require prerequisite levels of English proficiency. The school offers limited learning support for children with learning differences.
The academic year comprises two semesters extending from late-July to December and mid-February to June. There is a five-week break during June and July, and the Southern Hemisphere summer vacation (semester break) runs from mid-December through mid-February.
Founded in 1934
Location: Lo Barnechea, Santiago de Chile
Language of instruction: English
North American academic calendar
Pre-Kinder (age 3) – Grade 12
Approx. 1770 students from over 50 countries
Faculty: approx. 240 instructional staff
Faculty-student ratio: 1 : 7.3
Percentage of faculty with advanced degrees: 52.5%
Total of all faculty and staff at Nido: approx. 400
Early Childhood Center
Pre-Kinder (age 3), Kinder 1, and Kinder 2
- Approx. 275 students ages 3-5
- Faculty-student ratio 1 : 5
- Each class has a lead teacher and assistant teacher
- Pre-Kinder classes capped at 15 students
- Kinder 1 classes capped at 18 students
- Kinder 2 classes capped at 22 students
- Project-based learning approach
- Approx. 385 students
- Faculty-student ratio 1 : 8
- Classes capped at 22 students
- Advisory (small grade-level groups) and House (multi-grade level teams) programs
- Encore electives program
- MakerSpace design facility
- Students participate in developmentally appropriate outdoor education experiences through Nido Without Walls
- Approx. 470 students
- Faculty-student ratio 1 : 9
- The average classroom has 15.3 students
- Three programs of study: North American/Nido Diploma, IB (International Baccalaureate) Diploma, & Chilean National Diploma (Licencia de Enseñanza Media (Mineduc)
- Week Without Walls experiential learning and outdoor education curriculum
Accreditation, Memberships, & Partnerships
Nido is fully accredited by NEASC’s (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) Commission on American and International Schools Abroad and the Chilean Ministry of Education. Nido is an IB (International Baccalaureate) School and a member of AASSA (Association of American Schools in South America) and NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools). Nido has two Apple Distinguished Educators, is a partner in the Educational Leadership Academy with High Tech High's Graduate School of Education, and sends High School faculty to the Exeter Humanities Institute for Harkness Method training. In 2016, Nido was named an Ashoka Changemaker School.
It is the official US State Department-sponsored school in Chile.
Governance & Corporate Structure
The International School Nido de Aguilas is a non-profit trust, governed by a Board of Directors consisting of a minimum of 9 members and a maximum of 13, all of whom must be parents of current Nido students. Minimum requirements include that the Board be composed of four U.S. citizens, four Chilean citizens, and one appointee by the U.S. Ambassador to Chile. In accordance with the school’s legal status, the Governing Board is self-perpetuating in nature, meaning that openings are filled by election of the sitting Board Members, for three-year terms.