One year after being certified as an International Baccalaureate School (IB), Colegio San Viator in Bogotá, Colombia stands apart again.

Fr. Albeyro Vanegas, CSV, receives a certification of excellence from Roberto Peña, director of Sapiens Research

Last month, administrators learned the colegio had received the Col-Sapiens certification as one of the best schools in Colombia.

Col-Sapiens rates schools based on their category, quality and international accreditation, explains Principal Carlos Trebilcock.

In order to earn the certification, a school must rank in the highest category of the Colombian Institute for the Promotion of Higher Education (ICFES), by meeting it highest standards for two consecutive years.

“The ICFES is the national testing organization which assesses the knowledge and performance of all senior students in Colombia, similar to ACT in the United States,” Trebilcock says. “The organization also verifies the quality certifications schools have, which must be endorsed by the Ministry of Education.”

Upper grade students at Colegio San Viator

In part, the colegio was recognized for its success in quality management and implementation of the IB programs.

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

“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.”