School Profile

Greengates School, founded in 1951, is an independent, selective K-12 coeducational British international school of approximately 1300 students.
Greengates School is an institution that is recognized in Mexico and the world for its high academic standards, respectful treatment of all and for being a truly international community: A school that was a global entity long before communications and economies even considered globalization. It is a self-sustained, coeducational day school set in the northern part of Mexico City in an area of over 20,000 sq. meters. Greengates has successfully prepared students for university study worldwide and produced caring global citizens for over sixty five years.
As a British international school we offer the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) in the Primary School, whilst in the Secondary School we offer the IGCSE and the IB Diploma Programme. Our broad curriculum is based on a vigorous and challenging education as we aspire to deliver the highest possible standards of teaching. Our international teaching and student body offers the opportunity of a practical, first-hand knowledge of world issues and culture. At Greengates School every child and every family is the centre of our attention as we aim to be better every day and work as a tight knit community, committed to the global good, through the achievement of academic excellence.


The Secretaría de Educación Pública (SEP) and the Universidad Autónoma de México (UNAM) accredit Greengates School. Greengates is an official International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) World School and Exam Centre (since 1986). It is an official Exam Centre for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) course examinations, which are developed under the authority of the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES). Greengates is also an official test centre for the ACT and SAT.


Greengates admits students on the basis of a completed application form, previous school records, interview, and admissions testing. Students are admitted without regard for nationality, ethnicity, gender or religious affiliation. For more information contact the Admissions Officer at [email protected]

Student Body

Greengates accepts children from diverse educational backgrounds, and successfully prepares its student for further study anywhere in the world. Over 50 different nationalities are represented and while there is always a significant population of long-term locally based students, annual turnover averages 20%, so newcomers are ever present and warmly embraced.

Teaching Body

Greengates only employs qualified and experienced teachers and seeks to attract the best candidates locally and internationally. About half of the current staff of 180 are recruited from Great Britain. Many of the remaining staff are recruited from countries around the world, reflecting the truly international character of the school. The medium of instruction is English, though all students study Spanish at the appropriate level, and some 40% of students who require Mexican educational qualifications take a limited number of courses in Spanish.

School Calendar

The school year follows that of other northern hemisphere international schools running from mid-late August to the end of June. There are three school terms for grading and reporting purposes and the year is divided into two semesters. The school day begins at 8:15am and ends at 2:55pm; class periods are made up of 45-minute lessons, with 5-minute intervals between each. Regular afternoon activities extend the day to 4:15pm.

Our Curriculum

International Primary Curriculum (IPC)
The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is used in schools all over the world. Currently this includes over 1,600 national and international schools in over 87 countries. Through the IPC approach to learning, children develop the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to confidently face the world of tomorrow. At Greengates School, this approach to learning, includes our relationship with the host country of Mexico and the educational authorities of the Secretaría de Educación Pública (SEP). Mexican nationals, and other native Spanish speakers, achieve certification for the learning targets of the SEP, through mother tongue language lessons and IPC formulated ‘Social Studies’ lessons. For international students, we have the expectation that they will achieve full literacy in Spanish by the end of their Primary School years, as well as develop an in-depth knowledge of Mexican history and geography and an appreciation of the country’s rich culture and tradition.

Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)

In Form 4 (equivalent to US 9th grade) and Form 5 (10th grade) students prepare for the IGCSE examinations administered by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES). A considerable degree of specialization and choice is on offer here; while the framework of options predicates balance – English, Mathematics, Spanish and at least one Science are compulsory – significant freedom as to the overall emphasis of study is available.

International Baccalaureate Organisation (IB)

Greengates School is a fully accredited IB World School.
In the Lower and Upper Sixth Forms (equivalent to US 11th and 12th grades), all students follow the IB Diploma Programme, a curriculum designed to stretch the best of university-bound secondary students by imposing an international and objectively determined standard of excellence. Our Diploma Programme pass rate, at 90 to 98% in recent years, is well above the world average.

The Greengates Graduation Diploma

All graduates receive a Greengates High School Diploma and Leaving Certificate. The Greengates Graduation Diploma may be used in conjunction with the academic transcript for applying to colleges whose entrance requirements include documentary evidence of continuous internal assessment at the secondary school level.
Greengates School has gained a reputation as one of the leading IB schools in the region, graduating students to universities in the United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada, Mexico, The Netherlands, France, Spain, Japan, Korea and beyond.

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