GREENGATES SCHOOL, founded in 1951, is a fully accredited IB World school offering both the PYP and DP programmes. An independent, selective K-12 coeducational British international day school of approximately 1200 students Greengates is located on a large campus in north-western Mexico City. Producing consistently high results in external examinations such as the IB Diploma Examinations, IGCSE, ACER, PSAT/SAT, and ACT tests, Greengates has gained a reputation as one of the leading IB schools in the region, graduating students to universities in North America, Mexico, Europe, Japan and beyond.
The Mexican Secretariat of Public Education (SEP) and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) accredit Greengates School. Greengates is an official International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) World School and Exam Centre (since 1986); and, 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 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.
Greengates accepts children from diverse educational backgrounds, and successfully prepares its students 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.
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 is recruited from Great Britain. 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.
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 the year is divided into two semesters. The school day begins at 8:20 AM and ends at 2:30 PM; class periods are made up of 45 minutes and one hour lessons. Regular afternoon activities extend the day to 4:20 PM.
An IB World school, Greengates follows the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Diploma Programme (DP). In the Forms IV and V (US 9th and 10th grade) students follow the IGCSE offered by the University of Cambridge. In addition there is an extensive extra-curricular programme consisting of creative arts, sporting and community service activities. Life-skills and language support courses are also offered. Physical education is taught throughout the school.