Less than one year after being authorized as an International Baccalaureate School, Colegio San Viator in Bogotá, Colombia stands apart again.

Students at Colegio San Viator during recess on Ash Wednesday

This month, administrators learned the colegio had been selected as one of five schools in Colombia — for its success in quality management and the implementation of the IB programs — to participate in a prestigious national conference on private education, which takes place this month in the city of Barranquilla.

At the conference, officials will explore educational and knowledge management, as well as pedagogical innovation. Attendees will have the chance to listen to debates and keynote presentations given by recognized investigators.

Upper grade students at Colegio San Viator

“Our delegation will share a short presentation about the development of all processes we have worked on to take us to the place we are now,” says Principal Carlos Trebilcock, “which also made us eligible to be there.”

Colegio San Viator became authorized as an IB school in April, 2016. The worldwide recognition affirms the educational mission at the colegio, started by the Viatorians in 1961.

Because of its IB recognition, the colegio also was tapped last year to mentor a struggling public school and in October, Colegio San Viator entered into an agreement with Universidad de La Sabana, giving colegio graduates fast track entry.

Dr. Obdulio Velásquez – Chancellor of Universidad de La Sabana and Fr. Albeyro Vanegas, CSV, –President of Colegio San Viator

“The International Baccalaureate is recognized worldwide because of its high quality programs and rigorous assessment methods,” says Diego Cordoba, director of the Primary Years program. “We share the IB mission of aiming to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.”