The International School Nido de Aguilas


The Nido de Aguilas High School program builds on the Middle School program and is designed to fulfill the School’s mission to prepare students to:

  • Be eloquent communicators
  • Be impactful stewards of a rapidly changing world
  • Build their own personalities fully, nurturing their strengths and passions

Diplomas & Curricular Requirements

Students master a rich curriculum while acquiring the skills to communicate across multiple fields, disciplines, and cultures. All High School students take a standard U.S. college preparatory curriculum of at least 27 credits, including: a minimum of four years of English, four credits of Social Studies, three credits of math, science, and language, two credits of physical education, one of fine or performing arts, and a half credit each of computer applications and health. The School also offers an array of elective courses, and six elective credits are required for graduation. All students who fulfill these graduation requirements earn a Nido diploma, but students can earn in addition either or both an International Baccalaureate Diploma and a Chilean National Diploma.

Week Without Walls

The high school curriculum also includes a Week Without Walls program that engages annually all Nido high school students in valuable out-of-classroom, non-traditional learning experiences. Through the program, students engage in authentic, consequential experiences, learn by doing, and become accustomed to taking productive risks. A wide variety of opportunities, both inside and outside of Santiago, day and overnight trips, are offered.

Co-Curricular Programming

The academic program is supported by an extensive co-curricular program designed to provide students with opportunities to nurture their strengths and passions. In addition to athletics and cornerstone programs like Model United Nations, student government, debate, and the National Honor Society, high school students at Nido can engage in a broad range of activities from community service to performing arts to activities rooted in our unique location, like ski club, trail running, and mountain biking. Because we are an international school, we also have interest in and support groups like Global Issues Network Club. Finally, some students are passionate about their core subjects and take part, therefore, in clubs like the Science Seminar Series and the Economics Club.

Harkness Method

Our average class size is just over 15 students, and our classrooms are alive with student-centered discussions held around oval Harkness Method tables designed so that everyone can see each other. The tables are more than pieces of furniture: their unique shape requires students to play an active role in the learning process. Teachers guide students but rarely lecture, and students are accountable to each other – they learn by discussion their thoughts and ideas rather than just by taking notes.

The High School program is not about telling students what they need to know. Nido teachers don’t ask, “what do you know,” or “how much do you know.” Instead they ask, “what do you think?”

That question is though provoking and takes courage to answer. It is a valuable question because, while skills and content knowledge are important, it leads students to learn ways of thinking and habits of mind that will serve them well in a rapidly changing world.

At Nido, we ask students to think deeply, to make connections, to approach problems rigorously, to engage in a never-ending, life-long quest for understanding, to take intellectual risks, and to develop the confidence and resilience to overcome adversities.

We don’t know what this generation of students will do for work, but it’s likely that they will have multiple careers, and that they will have to make and remake themselves several times as things change around them. They will need to be resourceful and have the confidence to know that they can deal with the disruptions they most certainly will encounter.

Thus, the Nido curriculum asks, “what do you think?” Asking that question inspires our students to take themselves seriously and to consider the possibilities. Answering that question builds confidence and promotes self-actualization. It is this question that forms the foundation of the High School curriculum at Nido.

The high school curriculum is delivered by highly experienced and committed teachers. They are the true value of the Nido education and what sets Nido apart from other schools. Nido teachers know their content deeply and are passionate about their subjects. They love teaching, and they derive a lot of energy from working with teenagers. Nido students are highly engaged, happy, and contributing to the process of learning taking place every day.

Course Offerings

Course descriptions for the 2018-2019 school year may be viewed here.


  • English 9
  • English 10
  • English for Academic Purposes (I & II)
  • IB English Literature (SL & HL)
  • IB English Language & Literature (HL)
  • Literature of the Americas

SL = Standard Level (IB)
HL = Higher Level (IB)

IB = International Baccalaureate

Fine & Performing Arts


  • Dance & Choreography
  • Principles of Dance Theater
  • Concert Band
  • Concert Choir
  • Guitar Techniques
  • IB Music (SL & HL)
  • Music Creation
  • Piano Skills
  • String Orchestra

SL = Standard Level (IB)
HL = Higher Level (IB)


  • Sounds & Stage Engineering (I, II, & III)
  • Foundations of Acting
  • IB Theater Arts (SL & HL)
  • Improvisation
  • One Acts
  • Theater Ensemble I

SL = Standard Level (IB)
HL = Higher Level (IB)

Visual Arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing, Painting, & Printing
  • Elements of Art & Design
  • Foundations of Art
  • IB Visual Arts (SL & HL)
  • Independent Study Art
  • Principles of Art & Design
  • Sculpture
  • Textiles & Fashion

SL = Standard Level (IB)
HL = Higher Level (IB)


  • Senior University Counseling Seminar
  • Study Hall



  • Mandarin Chinese (I, II, III, IV)
  • IB Mandarin Ab Initio (SL)
  • IB Chinese A (SL & HL)

SL = Standard Level (IB)
HL = Higher Level (IB)

  • Spanish 9
  • Spanish 10
  • Spanish 11
  • Spanish 12
  • IB Spanish A: Literature (SL & HL)
  • IB Spanish A: Language & Literature (SL)
  • Spanish as a Second Language (I, II, III, IV)
  • IB Spanish B (SL & HL)
  • IB Spanish Ab Initio (SL)

SL = Standard Level (IB)
HL = Higher Level (IB)


  • Integrated Math 9
  • Integrated Math 9 Advanced
  • Integrated Math 10
  • Integrated Math 10 Advanced
  • IB Math Studies (SL)
  • IB Math (SL & HL)
  • Vectors, Probability, and Statistics (I & II)

SL = Standard Level (IB)
HL = Higher Level (IB)

Physical Education

  • Functional Fitness
  • Health
  • Leadership & Adventure
  • Physical Education 9
  • Physical Education 10


  • Engineering Science
  • Exercise Physiology
  • IB Biology (SL & HL)
  • IB Chemistry (SL & HL)
  • IB Physics (SL & HL)
  • IB Environmental Systems & Society (SL)
  • Science 9
  • Science 10

SL = Standard Level (IB)
HL = Higher Level (IB)

Social Studies

  • Chilean History
  • IB Chile & the Pacific Basin (SL)
  • IB Economics (SL & HL)
  • IB History (SL & HL)
  • Independent Study IB Psychology
  • Introduction to International Studies
  • National Plan Social Studies 9
  • National Plan Social Studies 10
  • Philosophy (I & II)
  • Social Studies 9
  • IB Theory of Knowledge 11
  • IB Theory of Knowledge 12
  • US History

SL = Standard Level (IB)
HL = Higher Level (IB)

Technology & Innovation

  • Digital Video (I & II)
  • Introduction to Programming
  • New Product Design & Development
  • Principles of Design Technology
  • Robotics (Advanced)
  • Yearbook (I & II)


The EAP program is designed to meet the needs of students entering Nido with limited proficiency in English. All students, regardless of which diploma they are pursuing, will need to progress to fluency in the English language for academic success at Nido, as all courses, except foreign language classes and Chilean National Program classes, are taught in English. To assist students, Language Acquisition Specialists offer English for Academic Purposes courses and offer a limited amount of push-in support in selected courses.